History of the Spanish Horse
This page is made up of articles about Spanish Horses and Spanish Studfarms written by various authors, and covering different periods of time. At the moment it is a work in progress, but information and articles will be added and eventually there may be a number of pages specialising in different historical periods. Any suggestions of articles which could be added to expand the knowledge of breeders and owners will be welcomed. Please contact one of the Directors with your ideas.
THE HORSE OF HISTORY-The Horse of Spain by Tina Barnett-Tucker
Until recent times, horse breeding was concentrated in the south of Spain, most noticeably around the lush delta of the Rio Guadalquivir, in the heartland of Andalucia. Thus the horse acquired its widely recognised title of “Andalucian”. Here, for millenia, horses have run wild, descendants of the ancient Sorraia, which roamed both north and south of the pre-glacial land-bridge which linked Spain to North Africa. With the splitting of the continents, these aboriginal horses evolved into two separate breeds with a common ancestry and evolutionary factors, the Barb and the Spanish horse. Both breeds are strong, close coupled and agile, able to thrive in such varried terrain as high, rough mountain slopes and lowland, marshy belts around the coastal deltas. Both breeds are Hot Blooded ………………..
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1990 to 2003 PRE Breed Standard and Grading Requirements with Measurements and Scoring system issued by the FESCCR (formerly the Jefatura de Cria Caballar) on behalf of the Spanish Government.
FIRST PICTURE GALLERY OF KEY ANCESTRAL PREs
This double page spread was first published by BAPSH Ltd in 2000 and contains photos and information about 16 famous PRE stallions who appear in the pedigrees of our own horses today…………………….
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SECOND PICTURE GALLERY OF KEY ANCESTRAL PREs
This double page spread was first published by BAPSH Ltd in 2002, following on from the popularity of the 1st Gallery. It also contains photos and information about 16 famous PRE stallions who appear in the pedigrees of our own horses today, and in particular features five of the ‘Poseido’ full brothers………………………
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INTERVIEW WITH MIGUEL ANGEL CARDENAS – 2001
‘My father was fundamentally a great breeder that bred magnificent animals, he bred pigs, beef cattle, goats, sheep and he had a group of female donkeys to breed mules, which was very profitable in those times. I remember that he kept the female mules, because they were not valued on the market for being false. At home, with a trained staff, they were handled and caressed from very young, what the Americans call “imprinting”, and they were kept at home for labour. I remember how the goats he bought had very big udders, and could not walk in the fields, he mixed them with another breed until he succeeded in getting goats that with an udder half the size gave the same amount of milk, which means, my father was a great breeder, and also a great farmer. He also had a group of Breton mares to breed mules.
The stallions that were used for the donkey mares were small Bretons, and the donkey mules they produced were very strong and therefore sold very well. Later, he sold the Breton mares, because of their low fertility rate compared with the ones from our own country, and then he bought a group of Andalusian mares around the year 1942 or 43………..’ .
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THE YEGUADA MILITAR – FOUNDED IN 1893 – by Terry Waechter
No discussion about the origin of the Pura Raza Espanola (P.R.E.) would be complete without mentioning the contribution of the Yeguada Militar. This article is intended to give the reader a thumbnail sketch of this influential stud farm’s history as well as its modern day function. The P.R.E. is only one of the horse breeds nurtured and protected by the Military Stud system, but that is the breed we will focus on in this article.
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THE YEGUADA MILITAR CATALOGUE DE SEMENTALES 2005 – Photos, pedigrees, and information about all the stallions at stud with the YM in 2005
THE YEGUADA MILITAR CATALOGUE DE SEMENTALES 2007 – Photos, pedigrees, and information about all the stallions at stud with the YM in 2007
THE YEGUADA MILITAR CATALOGUE DE SEMENTALES 2010 – Photos, pedigrees, and information about all the stallions at stud with the YM in 2010