Real Equitation

Portrait of the Breeds

pure spanish breed

The SPANISH HORSE is the first “Dressage Horse” known in the history and grandfather of all the baroque breeds.

The early beginning of this breed goes back until the 15 th century. Is was known as “the royal horse” and because of its clear character, charisma and abilities like courage, elegance and its spectacular movements opening the possibilities to reach the ALTA ESCUELA, it has always benn very treasured and estimated.

These abilities still are the most important conditions when it comes to breeding and that is how the Pura Raza Espanola aka P.R.E. is stipulated since 1912 in the Spanish studbook. P.R.E. are Spanish horses with a pedigree of well known Spanish bloodlines. Authorized P.R.E. Studs and mares have to be registered and make it through the stallion licensing / studbook registration.

Traditionally P.R.E. are grey, such as Andalusian horses, but also bay, brown and especially black and dun colored horses are very coveted by P.R.E. lovers. Chestnuts have only been accepted since 2003. Piebald or dappled colors aren´t accepted.

The head of the P.R.E. is elegant, with a strong and awake expression, the ears are medium size, nostrils wide. P.R.E. have good withers, a long, deep chest and long shoulders. Mane and tail are usually well furnished. The cannon bones are short and strong, legs thin but with strong bones.

The movements of the P.R.E. are elevated, ground covering, sure in rhythm, harmonically and they´ve got a extraordinary ability for collection.


The Lusitano is a Portuguese breed with a long and traditional history. In the Baroque century it has already been very appreciated for its horsemanship and is known like the P.R.E. as the second Iberian breed, which has been used by European royals for dressage- and company horse.

Especially in Portugal the Lusitano was appreciated for its agile, courageous and eager temperament and was taken for the traditional Equitacao de Trabalho.

Nowadays the Lustitano is a cherished dressage horse cause of its natural ability for the exercises of the dressage” High school” and for the demanding competitions. Actually the Lusitano finds its fans in every branch of riding sport due to its strength, courage, ease, his will to please and to learn, as much as his gracefulness and elegance. But because of their compact and muscular exterior they are very much made for the classical baroque dressage.

The head is well proportioned with big awake eyes and a straight, but normally slightly convex noseridge. The neck is not very long but strong, set high on the long, steep shoulder, which is responsible for a less ground covering but even more accentuated movement. The withers are reaching far in the short back (square horse). The muscular croup is falling steep towards the low set tail. The chest of Lusitanos is not very deep, the rips are curved. The legs should be thin and elegant, with fairly small joints and short, steep cannon bones.