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Herdade da Comporta reinforces commitment in equestrian events

Date: 2012-04-02

Herdade da Comporta reinforces commitment in equestrian events by establishing partnership with Empresa Águas do Vimeiro

The Herdade da Comporta signed a partnership with the Empresa das Águas do Vimeiro, SA for the organization of equestrian events, recognising its long experience in the organization of Show Jumping events at the highest level.

The launch of this partnership is scheduled for June with the beginning of the CSI3* taking place at the Herdade da Comporta's "equestrian city" from June 14 to 17.

Recognized as a unique space with a privileged location just over an hour from Lisbon and benefiting from a mild climate throughout the year, the Herdade da Comporta has been affirming itself as a place of choice for some of the best international riders.

The infrastructures such as the sand and fibres jumping arenas with large dimensions and the large parking area to accommodate hundreds of horses and trucks complete an enviable set of conditions provided by the Herdade da Comporta to host high level competitions.

For Carlos Beirão da Veiga, CEO of the Herdade da Comporta, this partnership “is another step closer to the affirmation of the Herdade da Comporta as a location with all the conditions to host large events, resulting in a significant boosting of the region’s economy and tourism.”

“With the experience that the EAV has in the organisation of equestrian events, we are certain that HdC will be consolidated as a reference in equestrian events, attracting more visitors and more tourists not only in the traditional summer season.” Concludes Carlos Beirão da Veiga.

According to José Pedro Fezas Vital, EAV CEO, “the HdC’s challenge is a recognition of the work done in Vimeiro which is based on strategic and organizational pillars recognized national and internationally.”

“The EBD group holding, owner of the EAV and the Ô Hotels & Resorts chain considers this a strategic partnership for its own development because this is a sport that moves tourist flow of considerate interest.”

About the Herdade da Comporta

The Herdade da Comporta is one of the largest national agricultural properties with an extension of 12,500 hectares inserted in the municipalities of Grandola and Alcacer do Sal. Integrated in the Espirito Santo Group it is going to develop a high quality tourist project which will occupy only 6% of the total area of the property, maintaining its focus on the agricultural development and environment preservation.

The Herdade da Comporta’s project is developed in harmony with the natural surroundings and in accordance with best environmental practices. With a heavy emphasis on sustainability, this is a concept of low-density tourism fully integrated with traditional activities, typical agriculture of the region, which has rice and wine as its ex-libris products.

Since the launch of equestrian events in 2007, the Herdade da Comporta already received more than 2,250 horses and 1,000 riders, who choose the region to initiate the preparation of their competitive season on the Alentejo coast, enjoying a mild climate and an "equestrian city" that meets all the conditions for the sport.

Equestrian events are assumed more and more of a focus for the Herdade da  Comporta to promote and vitalize tourism in the Alentejo coast. Besides the Atlantic Tour, one of the biggest events in Europe for the duration and number of competitions held over a month and scoring for the international ranking, the Herdade da Comporta has hosted other equestrian events highlighting the European Youth Championship.

About Empresa Águas do Vimeiro, SA

The story of Empresa Águas do Vimeiro, SA, dates back to the nineteenth century, it is related to the use of water for therapeutic purposes. Its resort has a wide range of infrastructure, such as hotels, thermal spas, golf course and an equestrian center which hosts many annual International Show Jumping competitions that have become a destination for a large number of national and international riders.

Since 2004, the Empresa Águas do Vimeiro has organized 40 equestrian events, including 26 International Show Jumping, 11 National Show Jumping 2 Portuguese National Championships and a Youth Cup.
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