Interagro Lusitanos’ Dressage Rankings Highlight Young Talent on the Rise
Itapira, Sao Paulo, Brazil (October 16, 2018) – Young dressage talent was on parade at the stud farm and training center of Interagro Lusitanos during the 1st and 2nd Interagro Dressage Rankings of 2018. Designed as a benchmark for all of the riders and horses at Interagro to use as a stepping stone towards show ring success, the rankings feature experienced judges evaluating combinations at all levels of training. Interagro, which is the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano sporthorses in the world, focuses on developing horses for the FEI disciplines and has internationally successful horses competing in dressage, driving, paradressage, and working equitation. Featuring everything from the Small Tour to the FEI Four-Year-Old Test, Interagro’s Dressage Rankings will culminate with the 3rd round at the end of 2018.
The second and most recent Ranking starred a number of new horses as many of the riders’ mounts from the first Ranking had been sold to their new owners, with a few being sold immediately after the first Ranking. To be fair to the riders, the internal point system is based on each rider’s scores, versus the scores by horse and rider, so that in the event of a sale the rider can still compete on another horse. Some of the driving horses, and even a few of Interagro’s ranked stallions, stepped into the dressage arena to fill vacancies from the horses sold. The Rankings are designed to fully simulate a real show, including up-to-par scoring, show attire, bright banners in the arena, and even loading and unloading the horses on to the farm’s trailers before they compete.
In the Young Horse classes, Leucon Interagro and Alexandre Souza topped the 4-year-olds with a 7.56, with Lavagante Interagro and Edmar de Brito nipping at their heels with a 7.52. Souza also rode Luca Interagro to a 7.36 in the division. At Training Level, 4-year-old Locrus Interagro and Brito took the top finish with a 67.174%. Brito also managed to top both the First and Second Level tests with one of Interagro’s most recently approved breeding stallions, Gladiador Interagro, who scored a 68.939% at Second Level, and the elegant 5-year-old stallion Javelin Interagro, who won the First Level test.
Souza moved in to steal some of Brito’s spotlight at the advanced levels, riding Hectar Interagro to a 68.030% at Third Level, but Brito answered by edging out Johnny Miranda and Zepelim Interagro during the Fourth Level/Small Tour tests aboard Empreiteiro Interagro. Both Zepelim and Empreiteiro Interagro are stallions in Interagro’s breeding program.
During the first Ranking, held in late spring, two of Interagro’s young horses found their stride and their performances were key in the next step in their dressage journey: being exported to the US. Lauro Interagro and Ladino Interagro, elegant 4-year-old black stallions by Zíngaro Interagro and Nordeste (SS), not only were placed high during the ranking but were actually sold shortly after and as a result of their success in the Ranking.
Lauro, with Edmar Brito in the saddle, won the Training Level class with a 68.261%. After seeing a video of the test, Lauro’s new owner purchased him the same day. Ladino scored a 7.54 in his FEI 4-year-old test, finishing third to Lavagante Interagro (7.84) and Luca Interagro (7.64). Both Ladino and Lauro were exported to the United States shortly after the Ranking.
Brito also topped both First and Second Level in the first Ranking, riding Justiceiro Interagro to a 67.777% at First Level and Incrivel Interagro to a 67.576% at Second Level. Souza took Hectar to the win at Third Level with a 66.667%, while Brito and Caudilho Interagro scored 66.364%. Brito also won the Fourth Level/Small Tour division with Empreiteiro Interagro and a 67.368%.
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, contact their US Sales Representative, Peter van Borst at 817 368 9447.