How does that happen? How do two young, somewhat successful people decide to drop everything and change their life around?

I’d love to tell you it took years of careful planning, calculations, preparations, risk assessments, research… but no. In actual fact, the idea of starting an equestrian tourism business struck us out of a ‘Horse & Rider’ magazine property section – there was a small advert for 5,5m (dream big, right?) equestrian property for sale in France. A few jokes later, in all seriousness, we thought we could achieve something similar, smaller scale obviously, in Portugal. One thing leads to another and 10 weeks later we had sold all our belongings, packed the two cars full to the ceiling and embarked on our journey from UK to Portugal. So it began, building our dream. Welcome to our journey, we are pleased to have you with us – Country Quest Portugal has been born.



Pia Saari is the founder and owner of Country Quest Portugal. Throughout her life she has gathered extensive experience with horses in many different ways. She has worked with horses professionally in riding schools, livery yards and racing stables. She has worked in horse rescue and helped numerous horses recover from severe physical and mental negligence. She has studied equine ethology and psychology, learning theory and many other subjects relating to horses. Country Quest Portugal has a mission and a vision to make the world a better place for horses - sharing knowledge by an online course is a very important part of this mission. The course is priced low to make it accessible for everyone who wants to learn how to better care for their horses.