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The Noble Art of Riding – Manoel Carlos de Andrade

Manoel Carlos de Andrade (1755 – 1817) was a pupil of one of the most well-known and most respected riding masters of his time:

  • Dom Pedro de Alcantara e Meneses, Marquis of Marialva (1713 – 1799).

De Andrade’s work “Luz da Liberal, e Nobre Arte da Cavalaria” is a book about the noble art of riding.

In the book, De Andrade described the views and teachings of his teacher but also compared these with the teachings of:

  • François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688–1751), which he was the first to translate into Portuguese.
  • William Cavendish, the Duke of Newcastle (1592 – 1676)
  • Giovanni Battista Pignatelli, the Italian riding master and teacher of Antoine de Pluvinel (1552 – 1620).

De Andrade’s book gives a detailed overview of the horsemanship of its time, but also teaches everything about the horse – from behavior, anatomy, medicine, breeding, to equipment and tournament organization.

“Luz da Liberal, e Nobre Arte da Cavalaria” was published in 1790, and nowadays it’s the most significant work and a sort of “Bible” of classical Portuguese riding.

Besides an impressive riding history, Portugal has a special history of the art of tiles as well.

Portugal & Art of Tiles

Portugal has a beautiful tradition of colorful tiles – “azulejos” in Portuguese, it means “small polished stone”.

Almost every building in Portugal is decorated with tiles, and some date back centuries!

Tiles are originally from Egypt, but they were brought to Portugal by the Arabs, in the 13th century.

So they are a huge part of Portuguese history and culture.

The production of tiles is very specific, and its main characteristic is the longevity it offers to the final product.

Initially, all these tiles would be cut into geometric shapes and painted with very neutral tones.

At the pictures to the right and above this paragraph, azulejos tiles line the walls of a canal in the gardens of the Queluz National Palace.

The Queluz National Palace is a Portuguese 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a freguesia of the modern-day Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District.

More than 100 metres (330 ft) long, the walls of the canal are decorated with tiled panels depicting seascapes and associated scenes.

White & Blue

In Portugal, most of the tiles you find, combine the colours white and blue.

These predominant colours were considered very fashionable at the time of the Age of Exploration (15th to the 18th century). This was the time when Portuguese and other Europeans began exploring the world by sea in search of new trading routes, wealth, and knowledge.

Initially, Portuguese tiles were only bought by wealthy families and used inside most buildings.

Over time, the tendency was to use them in every building’s construction.

The blue colour was seen as a synonym of power and wealth, so you can easily find them on valuable monuments all over the country.

Plus, the colours are also associated with oriental porcelain and have a Dutch influence (“Delft’s Blue”). 

Portuguese Tiles

When we stayed in Portugal in December 2012, we visited a delightful Portuguese town called Sintra.

In Sintra, there are a lot of stores which you can visit and find hand-painted Portuguese tiles to buy.

In one of those stores, we stumbled upon two sets of 12 tiles with pictures from the book of De Andrade.

We bought them, took them back home with us to the Netherlands, but we never found this special occasion to use the tiles.

We had ideas, but we thought the tiles were too precious to use them, for example, on an ordinary groom and wash stall.

So after waiting for 5 years in the original package, the tiles moved back to Portugal with us in 2017.

But it was not until the beginning of 2019 before they found their final destination: our brand new barn!

With the help of our wonderful architect Helena Morais we managed to find the original tile artist.

And he was willing to paint and create an additional 5 sets of 12 tiles with some of the paintings in De Andrade’s book.


Hold the Vision, Trust the Process

We always knew and felt that one day, there would be a special destination for the tiles.

And when it comes to the pictures on the tiles, they encourage the ideal which is often not easily attainable – it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality”,  Earl Nightingale says, and I strongly believe this.

So hold the vision and trust the process:

  • Holding a vision gives a sense of purpose, and the mental picture creates desire, which is a key that unlocks energy.
  • Trusting the process is about acceptance and embracing the circumstances, with the belief that – no matter what setback – they are leading us to our vision and purpose.

There’s often a reason why it’s taking longer. 

The highs and the lows are all ours to make the most of.

Just hold the vision, trust, and enjoy the process!


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6 thoughts on “The Noble Art of Riding – Manoel Carlos de Andrade

Comment author said

By Marjolein on 31 August 2019 at 21:35

Prachtig hoe je de cultuur van Portugal en z’n paarden heb geïntegreerd Marijke
Je hebt ‘t prachtig voor elkaar daar

Belive in the dream of you’re ♥
Bij mij in Croatie zijn we nu ook eindelijk klaar
M’n bedrijf is van start gegaan en heb leuke clinics op ‘t menu staan
Altijd nog eeuwig dankbaar voor jouw studie paket uit 2012.
En je feedback en kennis
Door jou heb ik deze stappen allemaal durfen zetten en je bent een inspiratie voor velen.
Dikke knuffel uit .
Ik ben op onderzoek uit naar de Lippizaner. Niet makkelijk hier maar zoals je zei…… Marjolein…. Jij komt er wel
Thanks Marijke

Groet van Marjolein Curry


Comment author said

By Marijke de Jong on 1 September 2019 at 18:52

Dat is allemaal goed om te horen Marjolein! Heel veel succes met je bedrijf en leven in Croatie! Big hug! ~ Marijke


Comment author said

By Bartha Veggelers-Willer on 2 September 2019 at 21:27

Ooit was je werkzaam in Heteren. Ik herkende de plaats van de studievideo’s. Nooit wist ik van jouw mooie werk terwijl ik al jaren in een dorp verderop, Driel woonde. Jij verhuisde naar Portugal en ik ben nu sinds 3 maanden naar Drenthe geëmigreerd met ons gezin en paarden. Ik heb het grote geluk gehad dat ik jouw studiemateriaal heb ontdekt en ben nu sinds november de Mastery aan het doen. Ik wil je via deze weg laten weten dat ik diep onder de indruk ben van de hele opzet van de Mastery ST. Ook is mijn leven aan het veranderen door de opleiding. Dat je zaadjes plant door de gedachten en idealen die je hebt ben ik het helemaal mee eens. Ik ontdek dat je vast moet houden aan je koers en dan komen de juiste dingen op je pad. Ik maak mij sterk voor de paardentraining t.b.v. voltige en hoop het belang van ST te kunnen overbrengen in de sport.

Alle goeds aan jouw en jouw man en heel veel dank voor jouw bereidheid om jouw kennis en kunde met een ieder die het wil te delen.

Groet, Bartha Veggelers Willet, Wapse


Comment author said

By Marijke de Jong on 5 September 2019 at 17:19

Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe onderkomen in Drenthe! Mooie provincie! En Driel ja, daar heb ik ook wel eens lesgegeven op een manege. Tof dat je via een omweg bij ST Mastery bent uitgekomen en er zo happy mee bent. Fijn dat je het kunt inzetten voor de paardentraining t.b.v. voltige. Succes met de mooie contributie die je levert aan die tak van sport en geniet ze daar in Wapse! Groet, Marijke


Comment author said

By Vicky Thomas on 1 September 2019 at 06:53

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve had the privilege of seeing beautiful tiles in Lisbon. I was able to find the book by De Andrade online; if only I could understand Portuguese 🙂


Comment author said

By Mary Van Sant on 3 September 2019 at 01:39

Beautiful sailing area beautiful stabling area. I love Queluz as well.


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