1991 the Brazilian Lusitano Horse Breeders Association - ABPSL,
that succeeded the Andalusian Association after the separation
of the Lusitano and Spanish Stud Books - signed an agreement with
the Portuguese Lusitano Breeders Association. According to this,
all Lusitanos bred in Brazil are automatically accepted by the
Portuguese Stud Book and by all the Associations of all the countries
that have a similar agreement with Portugal. The Brazilian Lusitanos
are then universally accepted.
the Brazilian horse breeds were formed from horses brought by
the Portuguese colonizers and from those that entered South America
following the migration wave started in Central America and described
in the previous chapter. In Brazil the Iberian horse formed the
Mangalarga and the Campolina breeds.
Mangalarga was bred in Minas Gerais by Gabriel Francisco Junqueira,
baron of Alfenas. In 1821 King D. Joćo VI gave Junqueira a present
in the form of the Alter Real Stallion Sublime and the Baron used
it to cover a group of Crioulo mares.
The Campolina dates back to 1840 and is named after the farmer
Cassiano Campolina who initiated his horse breeding activities
in the South of Minas Gerais using stallions imported by the same
D. Joćo VI for the Coudelaria Real of Cachoeira do Campo.
is known about the Lusitano horse in Brazil after its royal introduction
last century. It was only in 1974 that it reappeared, brought
from Portugal by Mr Antonio de Toledo Mendes Pereira founder of
the Brazilian Andalusian Horse Association.
important than quantity is the quality of the Brazilian
breed, which is inferior to none. This exceptional result
was obtained with the acquisition of some of the best animals
from Portugal and the high technical development of horse
breeding in Brazil.
June 1995 the Brazilian Association had 163 members. By the end
of 1995 the Brazilian Stud Book had about 3,500 Pure Lusitanos
registered, two thirds of them born in Brazil. There are now more
Lusitanos in Brazil than anywhere else in the world. More important
than quantity is the quality of the Brazilian breed, which is
inferior to none. This exceptional result was obtained with the
acquisition of some of the best animals from Portugal and the
high technical development of horse breeding in Brazil.