Race of portuguese horses, is one of the purest products of this country. Its origin has been lost through times, subsisting even evidences it has been ridden for more than 5000 years. That fact proves we are speaking about the most ancient saddle horse of the world.
It joins everything: beauty, strenght, flexibility and gentleness. Portuguese people have been devellopping this race since several centuries, using it with a great wisdom. In fact, the selection of this horse can’t be dissociated neither of a great number of excelent riders, who have dedicated to it along the history, nor of the famous literary works written about this subject. The book “Teaching ridding well every saddle”, written by the king D. Duarte in the XV century, is the most ancient european equestrian treaty.
In the modern times, one must paint out the tauromachian rider João Branco Núncio (1901-1976) and master Nuno Oliveira (1925-1989), being this one considered the greatest exponent of the classic riding on the XX century as well as the great propagandist of the race all over the world.
This richest equestrian culture is still found nowadays, not only through the riding of portuguese tradition, but also in the clothings and ornaments that portuguese people could preserve very well. In fact, Portugal is a real “living museum” of the Lusitano Horse.
Esq: João Núncio (1901-1976) | Em cima: Nuno Oliveira (1925-1989)