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The XXVII International Lusitano Festival Invites the Whole World to attend this Exhilarating Spectacle

São Paulo, Brazil – From May 15–18, 2008, the beautifully landscaped Clube Hípico de Santo Amaro in São Paulo will be impressively transformed to host the XXVII International Lusitano Festival. This increasingly popular annual event attracts a large crowd of spectators who are truly passionate about this remarkable breed, as well as those who are keen to learn more about Brazilian-bred Lusitanos.

For breeders and owners the Festival provides the showcase for their products, from yearlings awarded by gender, through the various age-group championships, to stallions anticipating approval for the forthcoming breeding season. Alongside the wealth of daily in-hand presentations, the dressage arena hosts a full slate of classes for all levels and abilities. Naturally, Lusitanos are no strangers to dressage at the highest level, proven by the Brazilian team’s bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and their much-anticipated appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

However, one of the most exhilarating spectator and competitor components of this absorbing Festival, is provided by the Working Equitation classes, when horses and riders set the arena alight with their impressive displays of speed and dexterity while negotiating a series of designated obstacles. This exciting discipline has witnessed exponential growth in the past few years, especially throughout Latin America and Europe, and small groups are now starting to gather interest in North America. This sport has the distinction of crossing the frontier between English and Western styles of riding, and provides a wealth of opportunities for horses and riders of all levels to participate. Now with its own World Championship, the qualities and disposition of Lusitanos – especially those bred in Brazil – have already demonstrated their eminent suitability for Working Equitation – especially those bred in Brazil!

In 2007, several stud farms received the highest honours in the various categories, including Couldelaria Alegria Dos Pinhais (http://www.alegriadospinhais.com.br), Haras Vale da Raposa (http://www.tocadomarlin.com.br), Haras Villa do Retiro (http://www.villadoretiro.com), Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga (http://www.rocasdovouga.com.br), Coudelaria Ilha Verde (http://www.cavalolusitano.com.br) and Fazendas Interagro (http://www.lusitano-interagro.com). More information about these and other Lusitano stud farms appear on the ABPSL website: http://www.associacaolusitano.org.br

With championship titles, trophies and ribbons at stake for every category, the International Lusitano Festival is certainly a nail-biting time for breeders, owners, and riders alike – and a riveting spectacle that ABPSL would like to share with you. Therefore, ABPSL will be hosting a special tour that will begin with Ilha Verde’s annual International Luso-Brasileiro auction on Saturday, May 10 (http://www.cavalolusitano.com.br) and will include a tour of various stud farms and an invitation to attend the four-day XXVII International Lusitano Festival in São Paulo from May 15–18.

Several places are still available for this special tour, so if you are interested in receiving further information, please contact: jean@jeanllewellyn.com

Photo: Working Equitation champion Luis Carlos Oliveira and Sobreiro da Cachoeirinha


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