First Interagro Dressage Ranking of 2019 Spotlights Young Prospects and Proven Performers
Itapira, Sao Paulo, Brazil (May 10, 2019) – Rolling tropical forests, Brazilian sunshine, and statuesque Lusitano dressage stallions: Interagro Lusitanos’ first Dressage Ranking of 2019, held April 12, shone a spotlight on their L Generation and a selection of their top breeding stallions at levels from the FEI Young Horse classes through the Medium Tour. Set among the lush fields and Tuscan architecture of Interagro’s stud and training facility, the Ranking featured FEI 2* international judge Colonel Marcio Camargo evaluating each combination with the aim of developing each towards competition competency and progression.
Held periodically throughout the year, the Interagro Rankings are designed primarily to give each of their young horses experience in a show environment, from getting in the trailer to trotting down the centerline. With over 300 horses exported in more than 4 decades of breeding and training, Interagro strives to produce all of its young prospects to the highest standard. Through programs like the Dressage Rankings many of Interagro’s horses have sold sight unseen in the past few years to homes in the US and multiple accolades at national and international shows around the world.
Interagro’s L Generation dressage horses consist of 2 coming 5-year-old stallions, Lavagante Interagro and Lord Interagro, both of which were recently approved by the Lusitano Stud Book, and three geldings, Laertes Interagro, Leucon Interagro, and Lombardo Interagro. The stallions topped their Training and First Level classes, with Lavagante scoring 68.594% at First Level with Edmar de Brito in the saddle and Lord topping Training Level with a 67.115% under the guidance of Johnny Miranda. Leucon Interagro and Alexandre Souza scored a 7.72 in the FEI 4-year-old class.
Featuring two of Interagro’s more mature dressage horses, the Third Level test saw Incrivel Interagro and Edmar de Brito score a 66.410% to win the class, with Alexandre Souza and Impio Interagro in second with a 65%. Hectar Interagro, a 7-year-old gelding trained in both dressage and driving, made significant progress in the FEI 7-year-old test, scoring a 73.967% with Alexandre Souza.
In the Prix St. Georges, breeding stallions Empreiteiro Interagro and Zingaro Interagro, both ridden by Edmar de Brito, finished first and second, with scores of 67.500% and 64.559%. Both stallions are by the same sire, Perdigueiro (MAC), a prolific and influential stallion standing at Interagro since 2001 and a consistent producer of dressage, jumping, driving, and working equitation horses, as well as many breeding stallions. Another influential sire and international Grand Prix competitor Zepelim Interagro, with Johnny Miranda at the reins, stepped out in the Intermediare A, scoring a 64.559%.
“The Ranking is meant as a stepping stone for our young horses, getting them excellent experience and the feel of a horse show,” said Interagro’s head dressage trainer, Martina Brandes. “For our older horses and breeding stallions, it keeps their minds fresh and allows us to try out new tests and levels before taking them to an actual show. Our riders also get fantastic experience, and all of the actions taken are meant to serve as a way for our 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.
All photos courtesy of Martina Brandes for Interagro Lusitanos