Born in 1962, André Teixeira da Costa has felt, since a long time, a great passion by horses, what has contributed to his graduation in animal sciences and to his specialization in nutrition and reproduction of equines, having founded his own stud in 1994.
As a rider, he began learning with colonel Ivens Ferraz, an olimpic rider, whose grandnephew he is. Later, he even worked with other notable masters.
Between 1979 and 1982, under the direction of José Mestre Batista, he acted, as an amateur tauromachian rider, in several shows. He went on linked to José Mestre Batista, until his death, in 1985.
From that time on, through the great influence of Nuno Oliveira, he has been attracted by the delicate art of the classical riding, which he began studying with enthusiasm.
He rode and taught a great number of horses. In spite of not having only dedicated himself to riding, he has always mantained a great activity as a rider, working nowadays in his private arena, where, keeping faithful to the classic principles of riding, he not only rides his horses every day but also teaches a small number of pupils.
Having been very fond of riding and teaching horses since his youth, André Teixeira da Costa founded this stud in 1994, with the main purpose of supplying directly his stables.
Having joined during the first years, the production of Lusitano horses and Portuguese Crossed horses, from 1999 he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to the creation of Lusitano Purebred horses.
The fact of joining the two facets of horse productor and horse-teacher, has permited him to do a careful avaliation of each horse behaviour, along his teaching, and to use that knowledge as na important factor of selection.
Using reproducers with a genealogy of confirmed quality, the main objective is the obtainment of animals which, morphologicly well shaped (formed) and obeying to the pattern of race, can be distinguished as good saddle horses, being given a especial attention to its moral characteristics and gallop quality.