Also known as Andalusian – Pura Raza Española– PRE – Spanish Pure Breed Horse
The Ideal Horse both for Amateur and Professional Riders
For the amateur rider, these horses with majestic looks and high stepping movements, traditional long manes and tails and above all their wonderful trustworthy temperament, do not need any further introduction. These riders are well aware of the outstanding qualities of this breed, guaranteed to provide a safe and comfortable ride.
Following the excellent results of the PRE ( Pure Bred Spanish – Andalusian ) horses at top international dressage shows, both amateur and professional riders from all over the world are keen to find their ideal Spanish horse to be trained up to the highest possible competition levels.
Choice of Horses
Our Spanish Horses for Sale Catalogue presents a very varied selection, of available horses but if you do not find the horse of your choice among them , we can focus a special search for you in accordance with your indications.
You can choose from the following options:
- Traditional Baroque Horses : “ Your Dream Horse “ come true !
- FEI dressage horses , both talented prospects and those with advanced training
- High School trained horses
- Stallions and mares for Conformation Championships (Concursos Morfólogicos)
- Beautiful and trustworthy General Riding horses for the country-loving amateur
- Breeding stock : excellent brood mares and breeding stallions
- Quality youngstock
- Driving horses
- Fashionable special colours : black , chestnut , buckskin , perlino, palomino etc.
For centuries Pure Bred Spanish horses have been exported to many countries around the world. European royalty sought Spanish horses, renowned for their brilliance in high school movements, which were used for warfare and entertainment at the courts. Members of royal families and officers were trained in the art of classical equitation on Spanish horses and other European breeds were refined with the blood of these animals.
The Spanish conquerors took horses along on their journeys and these animals were to be the origin of most American breeds.
The classical Pure Bred Spanish (P.R.E : = Pura Raza Española ) is to be recognised by its dry boned, expressive head, low tail inset, and compact body. Its traditional high knee action has been now often altered into a more extended movement to suit the modern “functional” bloodlines, whose descendants are being used for dressage competitions up to Grand Prix even at Olympic level.
Pure Bred Spanish horses, do not fully mature until they are six years of age. They display a generous character allowing stallions, without being gelded, to participate in all equestrian activities.
When purchasing P.R.E. horses, for riding or breeding purposes, one must decide upon what type of animal is required ; the “classical” or the modern “functional” horse. This is a matter of taste and depends on what the horse is going to be used for by the new owner. If one relishes hacking around the countryside on a beautiful, comfortable and well-tempered horse which reminds one of the paintings of the great Spanish artists of the past, then choose a horse representing the classical bloodlines. If, however, you wish to reach the heights of success achieved by Olympic dressage horses EVENTO, INVASOR or FUEGO de CARDENAS,then look for an animal with more modern movements and conformation
Breeding Pure Bred Spanish horses, both for personal pleasure or as a commercial enterprise, is a unique experience and demands a thorough study of the origins of the mares and stallions to be used, preferably elected with the help and advice of an on the spot expert.
The beauty of the Spanish Pure bred , its spectacular movement, even temperament, physical and psychological strength and amazing obedience also make it a popular driving horse even up to the level of international competitions .
Concerning the colour of their coats, it can be observed that although these animals are traditionally grey (foals are born with a dark coat), nowadays there are many bays . Black horses although much more exclusive, are very popular among clients.
The Spanish Pure Breed horse is famous for its flowing mane and tail. However , it should be noted that brood-mares, colts and fillies have theirs traditionally clipped for hygienic reasons.
As from January 2007, the National Association for the Spanish Pure Breed Horse (ANCCE) is in charge of the upkeep of the Studbook for the Spanish Government. Outside Spain, the official local Associations for the Pure Breed Spanish horse are in charge of co-ordinating, the changes of ownership, the inscription of horses in the Stud Book, the implantation of micro-chips and the breeding approval revision .
All P.R.E. horses should be registered , in the Stud Book after having been parent typed by DNA determination. They should also have an ownership certificate (Certificado de Titularidad) You can check their registration on the internet :
A separate studbook is kept for Spanish Crossbreed Sport Horses, Caballo de Deporte Español – CDE which is run by ANCADES, the Asociación Nacional de Criadores de Caballos de Deporte Español
Contact us with your wishes and we shall be delighted to assist you in your search.
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