Peter Van Borst
He has been
closely involved with the evolution of the Interagro breeding
program in Brazil for many years. He brings his considerable
experience working with horses in many different disciplines to
his involvement with Interagro Lusitanos.
Peter believes the Interagro
stud in Brazil to be a unique equestrian resource. Recently Peter moved to
Aiken, South Carolina an historic equestrian southern town with
a growing influx of horse people from across the United States.
“A major part of my decision to move to Aiken was to meet the
growing demand for people who want to continue the training of
their Lusitanos in the same philosophy as Interagro,” said
Peter. “Interagro Lusitanos, whose founder and breeder is Paulo
Gavião Gonzaga, has a deserved
reputation as one of the premier breeders of the Lusitano and it
is built on knowledge, a passion for the breed and a respect for
its heritage and well-preserved bloodlines.”
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Director of USA Training – Interagro Farm
Mrs. Heather Bender (USA)
Rider, Coach, Trainer, Judge and USDF Certified Instructor Discipline: Dressage
and dressage techniques to help other high performance USEF sports.
Heather was introduced to the Interagro program
by her student and professional trainer Jennifer Schuck from
Pine Meadows Farms Delano, Mn
Heather Bender has earned her USDF Bronze,
Silver, and Gold Medals, has participated on several national
dressage committees, earned an approved 'R' judges license. An
accomplished artist and writer, she has published more than 30
articles in top national magazines including Dressage Today,
Hunter & Sport Horse, and Practical Horseman. Her insightful
pieces have ranged from "Dressage Without A Warmblood" to "Quadrille."
More recently she published “The Heart of the Lusitano” in
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Miss Martina Brandes (BRA)
Started at the horse world in her childhood, by the age 6, was carried by the
passion for these noble animals.
In 2003, got qualified and participate of The
Pan-American Games of Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic
In 2006 was The São Paulo Dressage Champion/
ABPSL (Brazilian Pure Bred Lusitanos Association) – Young horses(
5 Years ) with Vilão Hl owned by Mrs. Viviann Mattos.
By the middle of 2007 she moved herself to
Holambra city and started her job at Interagro’s team in August.
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Mrs. Pia Aragão (BRA)
Pia Aragão was born in 1958 in Gavle, Sweden, 200 km north of Stockholm.
From the age of 7 she has been a regular at her hometown's pony club.
Aged 10, she made her debut in competitions of
jumping, dressage and eventing, having achieved pretty good
results in her country.
She already used to train and compete with
Interagro horses Obtuso and Nirvana while working at Boa Fé Stud
In March of 2005 moved to Interagro Farms.
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Mr. Maurício Delucchi (URU)
Maurício Delucchi Borrelli, from Febuary of 2002 until the end of 2005 assumed
the management of Interagro’s Picadeiro together with Pia Aragão. Returned to
Uruguay by the end of 2005, coming to Interagro a week per month to supervise
the breaking of young horses.
Born in the town of Santana do Livramento (Rio
Grande do Sul state), but a Uruguayan national, Maurício is a
self-confessed horse lover; and so he has been for his entire
life. “I don’t recall whether I first learned to walk or to
ride”, he says referring to his childhood surrounded by equines.
“At the age of 8 or 9 years, I was taming ponies already, and as
I grew up and had to choose a career, I did my major in Farming
Management, because I knew I was fundamentally a horse rider and
that this career could help me in the profession I embraced”.
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Monique da Silva
Monique was born in 1986 and she is from Curitiba, State of
Parana (South of Brazil). She began riding when she was 11,
starting in the jump, competing at 1.10 m high.
Around age 14 she started being
interested in classical training. In search of improvement, she
attended courses and clinics with some professionals in the
sport, as Pia Aragão, Alexandria Wilson and Martina Brandes.
During two years she gave private
lessons for beginners and worked horses at San Lorenzo
Equestrian Center in Curitiba. In 2007, gave riding lessons to
children at “Horse Academy”, also in Curitiba. Four months ago
she gave up her journalism master in Curitiba and came to
Interagro as rider with the aim to improve more in training,
working with Pia Aragão and Martina Brandes. She intends to
become a professional in this sport.
Renato works at Interagro since
1999. His family moved to Interagro 20 years ago and his father
is responsible for all maintenance, agriculture, production of hay,
His son Matheus, started riding at
our kids riding school last year and during the summer vacations
he rides everyday with his father and the team.
His uncles also work at Interagro,
Jair is responsible for handling and carrying the mares and
foals and Antonio is our master carriage driver.
Renato started working with our
vet as assistant, taking care of horses manegement.
He knows very well each of our
mares and babies and works directly with Dr Alex during the
breeding season, very good in handling stallions, always patient
what makes him an excellent groom.
Each horse selected for The
Collection was under his cares until they start working under
As Renato knows each and every
Collection horse, his physical constitution, his ability dealing
with the horses, his presence in the planes with the horses
during transportation is very important.