Academy Sessions

Three and Five-Day Intensive Seminars are offered to students who have officially been admitted to the Pedro Torres Academy of Working Equitation, U.S.A.  These seminars are hosted in different locations throughout the United States, with the goal of providing regular, in-depth instruction to students serious about progressing in the sport.

Intensive Seminars are appropriate for both Trainers and Serious Amateurs who can regularly devote at least 4 days per week to furthering their and their horses’ skills. The expectation is that students who attend Academy Five-Day Intensive Seminars will prepare for and compete in Working Equitation competitions regularly. Academy students are expected to be positive ambassadors for Working Equitation and Pedro Torres Academy.

A seminar will not run with fewer than 6 students, and each seminar can accommodate a maximum of 8 students. Each student should expect to ride for a minimum of 50 minutes per day.  If you and your horse are in good enough shape to allow for longer riding, then there may be the opportunity for a morning individual dressage lesson and afternoon ease of handling/obstacles small group session.


Students may inquire directly for specific pricing for each seminar but can expect to pay between $200-$300 per day.

Students interested in attending but who do not yet have a horse sufficiently prepared to benefit from the seminar may pay a $400 flat fee to audit an Intensive Seminar. Note: Only officially enrolled students of the Pedro Torres Academy are allowed to audit Intensive Seminars.

Members of the public can audit during Public Clinic Days, but are not allowed to observe at the Intensives. In addition, students should expect to pay something for their horse’s stabling (stabling costs vary by region, but generally should be $25 – $40 per night).


Pricing is dependent on number of riders, starting at $1200 for 6 riders per day and increasing $200 per rider per day to a maximum of 8 riders at $1600 a day. Hosts are responsible for a portion of the instructors flights and travel expenses. Please inquire at for more specific costs.


Please pay attention to the time.  10 minutes prior to their scheduled ride time, students should enter the arena and warm up at the walk (spend time working on transitioning between working walk, collected walk, and extended walk, halt/walk transitions, shoulder-in, haunches-in, and rein back.

Day 1:  Opening Meet and Greet with riders and Nuno Matos, Head Instructor.

Individual lessons – 50 minutes per student. These lessons will focus on dressage, the foundation for all of Working Equitation.


Rider 1 10:00

Rider 2 11:00

Rider 3 12:00

Rider 4

Lunch Break 1:15

Rider 5 2:15

Rider 6 3:15

Rider 7 4:15

Rider 8 6:00

Dinner (time to visit)

Days 2-5 Individual lessons OR lessons in pairs. 

Nuno will decide based on needs of each student. Student should expect to ride for a minimum of 50 minutes per day. If you and your horse are in good enough shape to allow for longer riding (Nuno will determine this in cooperation with you), then there may be the opportunity for a morning and an afternoon session.

9:00    First Ride

6:00    Dinner


  • When you are not riding, you should be paying close attention (not visiting / on your phone) and trying hard to learn from the instruction being provided.
  • Photos should be taken by official designated photographers only.
  • Show attire and grooming is expected whenever you are participating in an Academy session.
  • Please plan to arrive the day prior to the start of the seminar and to leave after dinner on the final day (or the following morning).