Johnny Miranda & Zepelim Interagro, 1st place at Medium Tour/Inter A at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos

FEI 4* Judge Evaluates Interagro’s Top Dressage Lusitanos at 2nd Ranking

Johnny Miranda & Zepelim Interagro, 1st place at Medium Tour/Inter A at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos

FEI 4* Judge Evaluates Interagro’s Top Dressage Lusitanos at 2nd Ranking

Itapira, SP, Brazil (August 11, 2019) – International caliber Lusitano dressage competitors came under the watchful eye of FEI 4* Judge Claudia Mesquita during the 2nd Interagro Dressage Ranking of 2019, held on July 31. With the backdrop of Interagro’s 1,300 acre stud farm and training facility, Ms. Mesquita delivered her scores and comments to Interagro’s 3 riders and 11 horses, which represented both young horses from Interagro’s H, I, and L Generations as well as established FEI competitors and breeding stallions. Interagro’s head trainer, Martina Brandes, also oversaw the combinations’ preparations and training leading into the ranking.

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Interagro’s head trainer Martina Brandes (right) with FEI 4* Judge Claudia Mesquita (center) and Interagro General Manager Rafaela Montora

Interagro’s L Generation, the youngest group currently showing and competing under saddle, included Lord Interagro and Laertes Interagro, who with riders Johnny Miranda and Alexandre Souza, took first and second in the Training Level. Leucon Interagro and Luca Interagro, coming 5-year-old L Generationals, finished first and second in the the FEI 4-Year-Old Division with Souza at the reins. The fourth and final L Generation stallion, Lavagante Interagro, took Edmar to the win at First Level.

Lord Interagro & Johnny Miranda, 1st place Training Level at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
FEI 4* Judge Claudia Mesquita writes her notes for Lord Interagro and rider Johnny Miranda
Laertes Interagro & Alexandre Souza, 2nd place Training Level at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Alexandre Souza and Laertes Interagro
Edmar Brito & Lavagante Interagro, 1st place at First Level at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Edmar Brito and Lavagante Interagro
Luca Interagro & Alexandre Souza, 2nd place Young Horses 4 yo at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Alexandre Souza and Luca Interagro

Moving up the levels and up the generations, coming 7-year-old Ímpio Interagro and Alexandre Souza conquered Third Level, demonstrating the bay gelding’s balance and impulsion. Edmar Brito and the exceptionally modern Hanibal Interagro took the win at Fourth Level. Hanibal’s elegance, height, active hindleg, and freedom of the shoulder, as well as his exceptional bloodlines, have made him one of Interagro’s top breeding stallions.

Ímpio Interagro & Alexandre Souza, 1st place Third Level at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Alexandre Souza and Ímpio Interagro
Hanibal Interagro & Edmar Brito, 1st place Fourth Level at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Edmar Brito and Hanibal Interagro

At the FEI level, a number of Interagro’s internationally successful competitors who also double as top producing breeding stallions put hoof to dressage arena. Edmar Brito rode stallions Zíngaro Interagro, Empreiteiro Interagro, and Fellini Interagro to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Small Tour (Prix St. Georges) in a showcase of Interagro’s breeding and competitive talent. Zingaro, a stunning black stallion with presence and a willing, unflappable temperament, is one of Interagro’s most important and influential studs as well as a top competitor in dressage and working equitation. Empreiteiro’s talent for collection, easy-going attitude, and enjoyment of his work has been evident during each of Interagro’s Rankings. Finally Fellini Interagro, who debuted internationally in the Small Tour at the 2018 Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, represents a blending of two of the most proven and decorated dressage bloodlines in Interagro’s breeding program (Nirvana Interagro x Ofensor MV).

Zíngaro Interagro & Edmar Brito, 1st place Small Tour/PSG at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Edmar Brito and Zíngaro Interagro
Edmar Brito & Empreiteiro Interagro, 2nd place Small Tour/PSG at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Edmar Brito and Empreiteiro Interagro
Edmar Brito & Fellini Interagro, 3rd place Small Tour/PSG at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Edmar Brito and Fellini Interagro

To cap off the FEI levels during the 2nd Ranking, Johnny Miranda rode Zepelim Interagro to the win in the Medium Tour / Intermediare A. Zepelim, who competed in the Medium and Large Tour during the 2016 and 2018 Global Dressage Festival and is a highly decorated Brazilian competitor, is a Grand Prix level stallion who epitomizes all the presence, movement, temperament, and rideability that has defined Interagro’s breeding program.

Johnny Miranda & Zepelim Interagro, 1st place at Medium Tour/Inter A at the 2nd phase of 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking/Interagro Lusitanos
Johnny Miranda and Zepelim Interagro

With over 40 years of experience breeding, training, and exporting Lusitanos, Interagro’s mission is to preserve the exceptional bloodlines and qualities of the breed while showcasing their talent, beauty, and intelligence, especially in the FEI and sport horse disciplines. Established in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga, Interagro’s initial vision was to preserve and restore the original foundational Lusitano bloodlines and lineages, many of which were in danger of extinction following the Portuguese Revolution of 1974. Through meticulous breeding, exceptional care, and world-class training, the Interagro Lusitanos of today continue that legacy as they compete across four continents.

For more information on Interagro Lusitanos, Interagro’s horses for sale, or the Lusitano bloodlines, visit Interagro’s website at www.lusitano-interagro.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@interagrolusitanos). To organize a trip to Brazil or for any questions regarding sales or the logistics of importing horses to the US, please contact the farm.

All photos courtesy of Interagro Lusitanos unless otherwise noted.

Media contact: Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC | Holly Johnson | email | +1 954 205 7992


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