Wellington, FL - Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder of Lusitano horses in the world, has returned to South Florida and established their presence with an outstanding start to their winter show season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The iconic breeder sent three horses from their farm in Itapira, Brazil, to prepare them for future international competition and they will be in Wellington, Florida, for the remainder of the show season. Baldor Interagro, a 9-year-old Lusitano stallion, and Pia Aragão dominated the FEI Prix St Georges at the Global Dressage Festival National show Feb 22, earning a 71.447 percent and a nod from the judges for first place. Baldor Interagro (Ofensor-Quinata Interagro, Xique-Xique) and Aragão topped the list by nearly four percentage points against the other contenders in the class. With impeccable bloodlines and a winning personality, the stallion was a showstopper and Aragão was pleased with his performance. “That was his second Prix St. Georges and he had not done a show since October,” she said. “He has never traveled any long distance like this and never been on a plane and I think he dealt with the environment fantastically. He even surprised me how cool he was and how in tune he was to respond to me in the ring. It was a real pleasure to sit on him.”
Aragão also rode Zepelim Interagro in the FEI Grand Prix that same day to place second in the class. Zepelim Interagro is an 11-year-old stallion (Quinárius Interagro-Ordenada Interagro, Yacht) whose sire is by the famous Xique-Xique, a Gold Medal Champion in Portugal, and whose dam is by Yacht, the son of the foundation stallion of the Andrade line.
Another Interagro horse, Vade-Mecum Interagro, also made the journey from Brazil. The 13-year-old gelding is from the Xique-Xique and Yacht lines as well (Noblissimo Interagro-Pecunia Interagro, Yacht). Most recently, Vade-Mecum Interagro placed first in the Grand Prix Freestyle and second in the Grand Prix at the Expo Lusitano CDI3* in São Paulo, Brazil, in October. Aragão and Vade-Mecum have enjoyed many victories at the Grand Prix level since 2013.
Like the three Lusitanos who have come to the U.S., Interagro Lusitanos show talent and versatility across the divisions. Interagro is one of the most accessible and recognized breeders in the world and Lusitano fans welcome their return to South Florida.
The Interagro horse epitomizes the 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 its own bloodlines include some of the most respected of the breed: Faraó (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).
The breeder is well-known for holding the popular Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction in South Florida, which has been recognized as one of the premier events of the season. The event traditionally raises funds for charities during the gala dinner while the guests enjoy watching riding exhibitions on Lusitano horses. The evening’s showcase is the auction of world-class Lusitano horses. Interagro currently offers a unique Destination Lusitano program where Interagro hosts interested clients at the farm and immerses guests in the Lusitano breed and culture. From riding an Interagro stallion across the rolling Brazilian countryside to enjoying Portuguese cuisine, and watching training sessions to meeting the living pedigree of generations of Lusitano horses, Destination Lusitano is an opportunity to purchase the horse of your dreams while enjoying the journey of a lifetime.
About Interagro Lusitanos:
Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the breed, Interagro Lusitanos is the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date more than 450 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations.
To learn more about Baldor Interagro, click here. Please click here, to see Zepelim Interagro’s bloodlines and show record. Please go here, to see Vade-Mecum Interagro’s impressive show record and lineage.