Final Interagro Ranking of 2019 & Year End Rider Points Rankings
Itapira, São Paulo, Brazil (April 27, 2020) – Interagro Lusitanos’ fourth and final Dressage Ranking of 2019 brought a culmination to the series of shows designed to improve show readiness and technique. With dozens of horses in training and 3,000+ horses at the stud farm and training center in Itapira, Brazil, Interagro prides itself on providing exceptional preparation and experience for their young horses as well as for those in advanced work. In addition, Interagro’s riders accumulate points based on judges remarks, with the highest scoring earning the top rider ranking for the year.
In December, Brazilian National Judge Sonja Hanssen arrived at Interagro’s elegant covered arena to turn a discerning eye upon young Lusitanos, breeding stallions, and FEI horses at a variety of levels, from Introductory to Intermediare A. Mozarabe Interagro, ridden by Vanderlei José, topped the Introductory division, while his sire, Zingaro Interagro, ridden by Taís Brito, was second and Jair Oliveira & Meursault Interagro in third. At Training Level, Alexandre Souza took first and second with Matutino Interagro and Mágico Interagro. First Level saw Edmar Brito & Lavagante Interagro at the top, while Johnny Miranda & Lord Interagro finished second. Brito also topped Third Level with Incrível Interagro; Alexandre Souza & Jellicoe Interagro finished second. Souza was also victorious at Fourth Level with Ímpio Interagro, with second going to Edmar Brito & Hanibal Interagro. At the Small Tour/Prix St. Georges level, Edmar Brito rode Fellini Interagro & Empreiteiro Interagro to first and second. Johnny Miranda & Zepelim Interagro rode to victory in the Intermediare A.
The Final Ranking results also solidified the final points standings for each of the riders. The points are based on judges’ scores awarded during each of the Ranking events. Edmar Brito‘s score of 82.35 earned him the Leading Rider title for 2019. Alexandre Souza was second with 80.85 points and Johnny Miranda was third with 72.50. Because Interagro’s horses regularly sell and new horses become available during the year, Interagro’s rider point ranking is based singularly on their ability in the saddle as opposed to combined horse and rider scores.
The horses, riders, and judge of the final 2019 Interagro Dressage Ranking
Interagro’s Rankings are designed to not only serve as live action rehearsals of competitive dressage tests with feedback from national and international judges; they also are a team building experience for Interagro’s staff, riders, grooms, and horses. The Rankings are open to all of Interagro’s dressage riders and grooms as well as to members of the driving team, which also practices dressage principles during carriage events. Martina Irene Brandes, Interagro Lusitanos’ chief dressage trainer, emphasized the importance of experience and a show environment to prepare horses and riders for actual shows, as well as to keep upper level horses tuned up and fresh.
“For our older horses and breeding stallions, the tests keep their minds sharp and allow us to test new movements and levels before taking them to an off-property competition,” said Brandes. “Having accredited judges giving real world evaluations provides direction for improvement as well as affirmation that our training scale is correct. We had a few judges comment that the horses are performing movements like the half-pass correctly. All three of our top ranked dressage riders for 2019 are very dedicated to the training of the horses, and each of them are very important to the Interagro team. Each have complimenting traits that help us match them best to different horses and develop them in the best way possible. The Ranking gives all of our riders fantastic experience. All of the events are meant to ultimately train the horses to become the best possible mounts for their future buyers.”
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.