5000 Years of Character, Courage, Strength and Versatility
The Lusitano is the oldest saddle horse in history. It is being ridden since 5000 years and has been known to be the best saddle horse of the ancient world. The targeted selection towards a hunting-, working- and warhorse over thousands of years, whose characteristics were gentleness, agility and courage, resulted in this reliable and versatile breed. The Lusitano is a very popular breed due to its seldom qualities and characteristics coming from its high genetic age.
The Lusitano is an athletic, agile, spirited, submissive horse with very good movements which are comfortable for the rider. These characteristics, as well as the Lusitanos natural talent to collection, make the popularity of the breed as sport- or leisure-horse grow steadily in line with its renownedness.
The separation of the iberian breeds Andalusian (PRE) and Lusitano (PSL) was concluded in 1967. The Lusitano has been bred as working horse for bullfighting, hunting and cattle work since many hundreds of years, whose main characteristics had to be the suitability for classical dressage, courage and the will to work. Especially in bullfighting absolute submissiveness is vital for the safety of horse and rider. The Andalusian was bred primarily for the use in presentaions, having the characteristics of smooth movements (especially for the lady sitting behind the rider) with spectacular knee-action and long and dense mane and tail hair.
The purebred Lusitano of the 21. century is more than a horse for classical dressage and bullfighting. The versatility and quality of the breed is demonstrated by numerous internationally successfully competed horses in the disciplines of dressage, jumping and driving. In dressage one example is the stallion RICO of international dressage rider Kyra Kyrklund from Finland, who were the winners of various international dressage competitions. At the 1992 olympic games in Barcelona the Lusitano ORPHÉE with Catherine Durand proved the breeds excellence and was known to be the best dressage horse of France at the time. Currently the Lusitano RUBI is very successful and was awarded 77,607% in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the London olympic games 2012 with his rider Gonçalo Carvalho, reaching the 16th place at the final. Also in jumping a Lusitano was able to show its qualities. The stallion NOVILHEIRO, ridden by britain's John Whitaker, won numerous international competions (30 in total) in the 1980s and was the most successful jumping horse of Great Britain at the time. In the discipline Working Equitation (Equitação de Trabalho) Lusitanos have won numerous european and world championships. Also in driving Lusitanos were able to win the world championships.
The Master Nuno Oliveira (1925-1989) connected the Lusitano unseparably with classical dressage. The perfectly ridden exercises and the harmony between horse and rider were also the result of the special characteristcs of the breed.
Despite the exceptional properties of the Lusitano, the breed is very rare. This is due to the comparably small number of brood mares worldwide- 5000 in total. In Portugal ony 2500 are registered, the rest in spread in the countries Brasil, France, Mexico, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany. Italy, Austria, Canada and the USA.
Quellen: APSL, Associação Portuguesa do Cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano, www.cavalo-lusitano.com, http://www.lusitano-interagro.com/novi.htm, http://www.arte-ecuestre.com/de/index.html
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