West Palm Beach, FL – Carmen Franco was recognized as the Lusitano High Score Winner at the Gold Coast Dressage Association (GCDA) Year End Banquet after having an outstanding year riding her Lusitano mount, Batistuta V.O., owned by Nannette Sexton. This prestigious event took place at the gorgeous Omphoy Ocean Resort in West Palm Beach, where GCDA members and dressage riders received year-end awards and took home beautiful ribbons and prizes. Franco received an embroidered cooler presented by Interagro Lusitanos, a Lusitano breeding and training facility based in Itapira, Brazil. Franco competed Batistuta at First and Second Level, with scores into the seventies. The pair beat out a number of Lusitano horses now competing on the Florida dressage circuit, and Franco was very pleased with Batistuta’s season. The buckskin stallion is owned by Nanette Sexton, who purchased him as a four-year-old in Brazil.
“Batistuta is an excellent horse and is currently schooling all of the Third level movements,” said Franco. “We are hopeful to start him at that level in 2013, and I think that he is very suited for the FEI levels. We are thrilled to have won the Interagro High Score award for the entire season, it is quite an honor.”
The Lusitano breed is gaining more recognition in the US as a performance horse and competition mount. The Interagro horse is a modern Lusitano, a horse that excels in the traditional equestrian disciplines, from dressage and driving to jumping and working equitation. Interagro is committed to preserving the pure bloodlines of the Lusitano breed, and Interagro bloodlines include some of the most respected bloodlines in the breed such as Farao (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).
Interagro offers guests and clients a unique way to truly immerse themselves in the Luistano breed and the equestrian culture of Interagro through Destination Lusitano. From riding an Interagro stallion across the rolling Brazilian countryside to enjoying Portuguese cuisine, Destination Lusitano caters to each guests needs and can be tailored to their interests. In addition, the 600 Lusitanos that call Interagro home make Destination Lusitano the ultimate equestrian getaway.
For more information on Destination Lusitano or to learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.
About Interagro Lusitanos
Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date over 600 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year.