Itapira, Brazil – For one spellbinding afternoon in August, Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil will offer the chance to bring home a living embodiment of centuries of selective Lusitano breeding during what is expected to be a standing-room-only event for admirers of this classic athlete. The Annual Interagro Collection National Auction will take place on August 31, 2013, and will offer some of Interagro’s top sporthorse and driving prospects to a select group of buyers. But while the horses are surely the auction stars, the entertainment and hospitality are of as high a quality as its horses. The evening's dinner and auction are a semi-formal event, pulsing with the exotic glamor of a Brazilian carnivale that transforms the Interagro Lusitanos arena into a magical hacienda, replete with bubbling fountains and bathed in the amber glow of iron chandeliers hung above catered tables draped in white linen and festooned with fresh floral arrangements.
During dinner, Brazilian Samba dancers weave among the audience to an intoxicating drumbeat that only heightens the excitement of awaiting for the first proud horses to present themselves before the gavel.
Cecilia Gonzaga, who has dedicated herself to continuing her father Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga's 1975 vision of preserving one of the oldest and purest breeds in the world – the Puro Sagnue Lusitano - says plans are in high gear for this summer's Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction, Saturday, August 31, with another groundbreaking opportunity: For the first time, horses representing more advanced levels of training will be offered.
“Our team,” Gonzaga continues, “is known for carefully advancing a horse’s training at just the right pace. We never rush a horse. In fact, some may be held back to be offered next year, after more training. We are proud to bring such a dynamic range of horses to auction.”
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 horses can be seen driving, working, and training on the farm in Brazil every day. 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).
For those who may not be set on purchasing a horse, but still want to see what the Lusitano and Brazil have to offer, 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.
About Interagro Lusitanos
Founded in Itapira, Brazil in 1975 by Paulo Gavião Gonzaga, Interagro is the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses in the world. Interagro’s first successful project was to restore all the basic Lusitano lineages, some of which were in danger of extinction after the Portuguese Revolution of 1974. Interagro bloodlines have been carefully nurtured throughout the subsequent decades from that same precious genetic wellspring. Interagro horses have won championships and titles throughout their native Brazil and its descendants are now continuing that breeding and competitive legacy across four continents. Interagro breeds horses especially selected for international sport, particularly dressage and driving. Bring home your own Lusitano jewel. To learn more, visit www.lusitano-interagro.com.