São Paulo, Brazil – Combined with the challenging economic climate, the winter may have appeared especially long in many places, but statistics from horse auctions around the world are showing Spring optimism compared to a slight down-turn in prices during the second half of last year. In fact, top prices at elite sales have started to exceed expectations in recent months, which has heightened the anticipation for the high-class lots that will come under the hammer for the 12th International Luso-Brasileiro Auction taking place at Coudelaria Ilha Verde next month.
Although the full catalogue has been on-line for several weeks now, it is worth providing a sneak preview of some of the most stunning Lusitanos that will be on offer.
Lot 1: ORLA – One of the star attractions of this auction, Orla is a wonderful broodmare model imported from Portugal, a daughter of Neptuno and Ilha, by Dragão II, providing an excellent bloodline with sporting aptitude. Her conformation is typical, with an angled physique, well-defined proportions and strong limbs, and she was awarded 76 points in the ABPSL approval. Orla’s movements are well balanced, demonstrating power with elasticity and amplitude. She is endowed with excellent maternal instincts, producing foals with good physique – well suited for sport – as well as good movement and character. Orla is in foal to Rio Pele, a tried and tested stallion in international Grand Prix dressage, a son of Hostil and Lai-Lai, by Novilheiro.
Lot 5: XAMA DO TOP – A black stallion standing just over 15.2hh (1m59) – very sweet and beautiful – Xamar do Top is a son of the great champion Quattro do Top, out of a mare by Visqueiro. He is currently being trained in dressage by virtue of his movement and flexibility. His mother, Gamarra, heralds from an important sporting line, making Xamar do Top the brother of Uimpossivel do Top – a horse of proven ability in the arena. With his typical conformation and beauty, he would be an excellent stallion for any new breeding program, as well as a horse that offers great pleasure to his rider.
Lot 9: ZAGUEIRO LS – This beautiful stallion is a son of Larápio and Brida Comando SN. His top line consolidates rare Coimbra ancestry, descended from Distinto, while his bottom line brings the blood of Xairel and Cenoura – carrying not only beauty, but primarily the functionality required for modern sport horses. A young stallion that is docile and ready to begin in dressage.
Lot 14: XAMA DA RAPOSA – This stallion, approved with 72 points, is a son of Inca (RC), who is being prepared for Prix St. Georges dressage. Very powerful and well built, he has the potential to be a top stallion, like his brothers Samba SS, Sedutor da Raposa and Talismã SS.
Lot 17: ZEUS DO BOSQUE – A beautiful palomino with wonderful stature, Zeus brings the breeding characteristics of Haras Fazenda do Bosque, conformation and a sporting aptitude. A son of the incomparable Donaire and Jacutinga do Top, a late daughter of Babel who produced excellent offspring at both Haras Fazenda do Bosque as well at TOP Agropecuária. Jacutinga’s mother is Ouja, an imported mare and a daughter of Jamonero III. Zeus do Bosque is assuredly predicted for medium-level dressage and working equitation, his credentials being his excellent temperament, intelligence, willingness to learn, and his rideability that have enchanted his professional riders. For sport or leisure, Zeus is special and brings the well-known and esteemed brand of “Do Bosque”.
Lot 19: ULTRA VO – A beautiful bright bay mare, a daughter of Luar SS and Deca, therefore twice carrying Vistosa – one of the pillars of the Lusitano breed – in her blood. Her father, Luar SS, was the first Lusitano to participate in the Pan American Games with the Brazilian team. Ultra comes with a foal at foot, Ervilha VO, a daughter of Vulcão dos Pinhais, also a son of Luar SS, and is in foal to Sol VO – making this a three-in-one lot.
TOLERAO DA BROA – “A brilliant horse to train,” according to Brazilian national dressage team coach Johan Zagers. “Not only because he has three wonderful gaits, but for his character and temperament. He likes to please his rider, he has a big heart, and his athletic potential make him not only a special sport horse, but a very interesting father.” The 12th International Luso-Brasileiro Auction is delighted to offer 20 shares, each equal to six coverings by this superb stallion.
Complete information, including on-line video footage, DVD requests, reservations, bids and pre-registrations are now also available on-line via the Coudelaria Ilha Verde website:http://www.cavalolusitano.com.br
Located in Araçoiaba da Serra, close to the city of Sorocaba, Coudelaria Ilha Verde hosted its first auction in 1998 and now attracts a capacity crowd of over 1,000 enthusiastic fans, including many foreign buyers and well-known Brazilian celebrities. It is now recognized as one of the world’s foremost opportunities to acquire Lusitanos that continually meet and exceed the essence of this outstanding breed. Partnering Ilha Verde’s proprietor Victor Oliva to bring the world this remarkable selection of Lusitanos are Manuel Tavares de Almeida Filho, Paulo Salles, Luiz Salgado, Tonico Pereira, José Carlos Macedo dos Santos and Ascendino Madureira Garcia.
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