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International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association

The Original Dressage Horse

The story of the Andalusian and Lusitano starts as far back as the Ancient Greeks and Romans when the horses of the Iberian Peninsula had been sought after as premier riding horses.
Spanish and Portuguese kings have used the riding horse of the Peninsula, as a glorious symbol of their power. For centuries, the warriors, conquistadors and bullfighters of Spain and Portugal selected these horses for athleticism, maneuverability and docility.
“Equestrian authors have given unanimous preference to the Spanish horse, and have considered him to be the best for the ‘manege’ work because of his agility and the strength of his hind legs, combined with their elasticity. His natural cadence and pride make him the first choice for the pomp of the parade where he can display his grace and his nobility. His courage, combined with utmost docility is the foremost requirement for war on a day of battle.”
Francois de la Gueriniere

Founding father of classical riding in the 18th Century

Horses registered

Registered Purebreds

Half-Andalusians

IALHA Members

There is a continuous demand for good horses, of adequate size, with expressive movements and an easy temperament for training also requiring character, intelligence and charisma for the competition market.  I have always found these qualities in the Lusitano breed and they have an unequalled ability to train.”

Andre Ganc

“The Spanish horse is the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be… the lovingest and gentlest, and the fittest of all for a King on his day of triumph.”

The Duke of NewCastle

“This most noble beast is the most beautiful the swiftest and of the highest courage of domesticated animals. His long mane and tail adorn and beautify him. He is of fiery temperament, but good tempered, obedient, docile and well-mannered.”

Pedro Garcia Conde

Mexican Army General

“The ideal Iberian horse is noble in his demeanor, versatile in his ability and majestic in his appearance. Docile to the rider yet bold in all circumstances, he is energetic without ill-temperament, sensitive to the aids without hysteria, proud without arrogance and courageous without hostility. His body is both strong and flexible. Though refined and elegant, he is renowned as an easy keeper who has adapted to the toughest living conditions at the 4 corners of the Globe”.
Jean Paul Giacomini

Iberian Horse Expert, Clinician, and Olympic Trainer

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