Henrique Calado Riding Ring was named in honour of the rider and commander of Lancers Regiment No. 2 between 1967 and 1968. The family tradition (his father, a mounted officer, was director of the Santos Jorge Stud Farm) had an early impact and ended up stipulating his sporting preference in favour of equestrianism.
He began participating in riding competitions as a junior aged 13 and, over his sporting career, competed in many international show jumping events and picking up a diverse range of victories along the way. He was also an Olympian in this event and competing in the London, Helsinki, Stockholm (7th place), Rome (10th place) and Tokyo Olympic Games. Among the various awards he has received are the medals of sporting merit, both from Portugal and Spain, the bronze medal of the International Committee of the Olympic Order, the Nobre Guedes medal for the Portuguese Olympic Committee and the Gold Emblem from the International Equestrian Federation.
Henrique Calado Riding Ring are located within the building complex formerly belonging to Lancers Regiment No. 2 of the Portuguese army that traced its roots back to the Queen’s Lancers Regiment set up in 1833 by the pro-constitution army forces during the Liberalist Wars.