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Results from the Final of the National Working Equitation Championship 2012


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THE BREED

SON OF THE WIND

Already in Roman times, the Iberian Peninsula was famous for its fantastic horses and very popular with the mighty of this world. They were considered as beautiful, courageos, strong and fast. The legend told that the mares were fertilized by the wind, so they were known as "The sons of the wind". The reputation of the Iberian horse has been maintained throughout thousands of years. In the Middle Ages this was the most wanted horse for his capacity in war. William the Conqueror rode these horses in the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066. During the following centuries, this horse was a "must" at every European Court. Some of these horses were painted in famous portraits, with or without their Kings. They were used in the Riding Academies, the most famous being the "School of Versaillle".

                                                                 

THE BREEDING

The oldest riding horse of the world now enters the 21st century with the goal of reconquering the position they had during the Greek and Roman periods, when they were considered the best in the world. The Portuguese breeders, contrary to the Spanish ones, continued to breed, maybe not for battles, but for another kind of fight, the one with the bull. The functionality, fysical as well as mental, always was considered the most important quality of the horse.

The Lusitano of today, a thouroughbred as well as the English and the Arabian, is a result of the efforts made by the Portuguese breeders in selection, bloodlines and reneweal inside the breed. There are four bloodlines, which are Veiga, Andrade, Coudelaria Nacional and Alter Real. The size of the horses varies, but in the pattern of the breed, stipulated by APSL, the mares should be around 1.55 and the stallions around 1.60. The Lusitano has a tendency to grove bigger, which is what a lot of breeders, riders and clients want, without, of course, destroing the characteristics, for wich we love and appreciate them so much. With that everyone agrees. There is probably going to be two kinds of breeders, the ones wanting to breed an international sporthorse and the ones wanting to breed the original, smaller bullfighting type.

Since 1965 the Lusitano horse has his own stud book with its three parts, Nascimento, where every foal with approuved parents has the right to be registered, Adultos, where the the approuved stallions and mares are registered and Merito, to which only specially qualified horses have access.

The Lusitano is an exclusive breed with not much more than about 12.000 all over the world. Maybe half of them are in Portugal. Brazil is the biggest country after Portugal and the rest are spread in Spain, France, Holand, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Thailand.

FIVE VOICES TALKING ABOUT THE LUSITANO:

In order to better show the fantastic potential and capacity of this horse, I have interviewed some persons from different disciplines. This is what they had to say:

FELIX BRASSEUR:

JOHN WITHAKER:

KYRA KYRKLUND:

PABLO HERMOSO DE MENDOZA:

DANIEL PINTO:

JOÃO PEDRO RODRIGUES: