A l e n t e j o

a History with race

T h e y c a l l e d m e L u s i t a n o

They say that I am a descendant of the Iberian horse, an equine that existed in prehistoric times – in the territory that today corresponds to the south of the Iberian Peninsula – and that was very represented in cave paintings.

They called me Lusitano after the primitive Roman name of the Lusitania region and they believe that I may have been the first saddle horse in the world! That is, more than five thousand years ago, I was one of the first horses to be ridden by man. It was like this because my characteristics make me have a perfect understanding with the rider. I am agile, courageous, sober and docile, but, above all, I like to please and I have a great spirit of surrender. My resilience, courage, strength and versatility allow me to adapt to different climates, terrains and many equestrian disciplines.

First, I was used as a war horse and later as a bullfighting and equestrian horse. Afterwards, I was selected for the practice of riding, teaching and equestrian sport – mainly in dressage, working riding, obstacles and driving competition. I have great physical and mental balance and I reveal a natural aptitude for the High School. Everyone mentions that I have a majestic bearing, that my movements are very graceful and that my passages are expressive, allied to the nobility of my character and my affable and cheerful nature.

For all this, many Lusitanians have already been present in important international competitions and even in the Olympic Games.


T h e L u s i t a n i a n s

Portugal is a country with an extensive tradition in equestrian activities, largely due to the fact that it is the birthplace of one of the most appreciated horse breeds in the world: the Purebred Lusitano.

This horse enjoys enormous international prestige due to its purity, bravery, beauty and docility, which makes it a unique case of attractiveness in the equestrian world.

Around this horse, various activities were developed that have reached our days and are now promoted from a tourist point of view.

Within equestrian tourism, two types of activities are carried out: on the one hand, horseback tourism, “when riding is practiced or travel involves horseback riding”; on the other, horse tourism, which “encompasses all activities linked to the equestrian world without developing the practice of riding”.


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