Proud Spaniards on four hooves
Profile Pura Raza Española:
|Breed:||Pura Raza Española|
|Features:||very elegant head, luxuriant mane, slightly bent neck,
slim and muscular physique
|Coat colour:||predominantly grey, beside it also duns,
Brown and black, but not pinto
|Character:||Baroque horse, intelligent, spirited, yet balanced and willing to learn|
|Pace:||energetic, rhythmic and elastic|
|Suitable for:||Show- and dressage riding|
Noble four-legged friends
The Pura Raza Españolas (PRE) come from Spain and belong to the oldest horse breeds in Europe. The popular four-legged friends are closely related to the Berbers and were in former times – like many other breeds – refined by crossing Arabians and English thoroughbreds. In 1912 the pure Spanish horses were then separated into an independent breeding line, which is still strictly regulated today. Thus stallions and mares may only be called Pura Raza Española if their descent from recognized Spanish breeding lines can be proven. Horses without papers, however, are assigned to the Andalusians. The Carthusians, who were already purely bred in the Middle Ages by monks of the same name, are considered a particularly noble line of the PRE.
Through the targeted breeding of PREs, which goes back to a centuries-old tradition, the horses of this breed are suitable for almost every riding discipline. With their beautiful hangings, their nobly formed head and the smooth gait, the proud Iberians have a particularly aesthetic appearance. Their harmonious appearance has always resembled that of the classic Andalusian. They gracefully present their muscular bodies, the curved neck and their triangular shaped eyes, which give them an expressive look. The noble animals are therefore perfectly suited for high school lessons and classical dressage. Meanwhile the Pura Raza Españolas are represented in many coat colours. Besides the grey, the most common coat colour of the PREs, there are mainly dun, brown and black. Pintoes do not occur within the breed.
Besides their beauty and elegance, it is also the characteristics of the PREs that make them so popular. Typical for the Spanish horses are their intelligent, energetic and yet obedient nature. Southern temperament meets psychological balance – this combination is what riders particularly appreciate about them. In addition, their great memory enables them to be well trained.
Her harmonious physique and her incredibly eager to learn offer the best conditions for the difficult art of Doma Vaquera, the traditional riding style of Spanish cattle herders. Here, horse and rider are required the highest concentration and dexterity. But also for dressage riding the versatile Pura Raza Españolas are made for. They shine as masters of the high school and prove with their light-footedness that they are born dancers.
Did you know? In the Middle Ages the Pura Raza Españolas learned to pick up objects with their mouths. In earlier times, horsemen wore armour and were therefore not able to dismount every time to pick up dropped objects.
Pura Raza Españolas near CAVALLUNA
At CAVALLUNA “World of Fantasy” the Spanish team of Sebastián Fernández shows their beautiful PRE stallions and impresses the audience with demanding lessons of high school. A highlight is the Doma Vaquera, where the team skilfully demonstrates its skills: Since the riders always have to hold the “Garrocha”, their reins are only in one hand – while they turn around their own axis at high speed together with their Pura Raza Españolas. In addition, the Andalusian-born team, together with their talented four-legged friends, performs pirouettes, traversals and flying gallop changes as well as other difficult lessons with fascinating ease.