Golden Girls, Four-of-a-Kind Buckskin Boys: Interagro’s Driving Talent on Display
São Paulo, Brazil (August 19, 2019) – Hoof and carriage wheel met Brazilian turf this August as the baroque beauties of Interagro Lusitanos strutted their stuff in harness. At the 1st Phase of the 2019 CBH Brazilian Driving Ranking, held at the São Paulo Country Club, two debutante mares and a quartet of buckskins drove to excellence in the Singles, Pairs, and Four-in-Hand divisions. These driving accolades are the most recent in a long line of competitive success for Interagro, the result of over 4 decades of breeding prowess with the goal of developing a modern Lusitano for the FEI disciplines.
The only thing more eye-catching than an elegant buckskin is four elegant buckskins. Interagro’s Four-in-Hand team, consisting of Comanche Interagro, Crispim Interagro, Demócrito Interagro, and Cagliostro Interagro, were guided by the hand of Interagro’s carriage master Antonio Souza to win the Professional division. Cagliostro Interagro also went on to win the Amateur Single division with Rafaela Montora, while Democrito Interagro and Renata Cerqueira finished second. In the Professional Pairs, Valentim Brito with Comanche Interagro and Crispim Interagro finished second overall while Fabio Silva driving Cagliostro Interagro and Demócrito Interagro finished third.
Two of Interagro’s leading ladies, Carmelita Interagro and Ilíria Interagro made their debut show performance at the 1st Phase of the 2019 CBH Brazilian Driving Ranking. With both mares hailing from exceptional dressage bloodlines, each danced their way through the cones obstacles to secure a one-two placing. Ilíria, the only bay among her buckskin driving counterparts, won the Single Professional division with Antonio Souza at the reins. Elegant Carmelita was not to be outshone, and she finished second just behind Ilíria. A daughter of the spectacular Grand Prix dressage stallion Nirvana Interagro, Ilíria’s conformation and naturally uphill movements reflect her sire’s talent. Carmelita’s talent as a competitor is dovetailed with her value as a broodmare; her filly, Oblata Interagro, will be offered for sale at the 18th Interagro Yearlings Auction on August 31st.
Antonio Souza, 1st in the Professional Four-in-Hand
Interagro’s mares have long been a source of pride for the 1,300 stud farm and training facility. Perfectly pairing mares and stallions has been the goal of their meticulous breeding program since 1975. In their quest to develop the modern Lusitano from traditional bloodlines, Interagro’s portfolio of mares includes some of the most sought after lineages and award winning dams in the Portuguese breed. Carmelita and Ilíria, through their competitive success, encapsulate the elegance, athleticism, temperament, and beauty of the modern Interagro Lusitano.
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 above photos courtesy of Interagro Lusitanos unless otherwise noted