Interagro Lusitanos Arrive in Wellington for the 2023 Season with Tiago Ernesto
Wellington, FL (January 13, 2023) – A string of Brazilian dressage dynamos have landed in Florida! A set of two geldings and a stallion owned by Interagro Lusitanos arrived in the US this fall, traveling from their origin of Interagro’s breeding and training facility outside of São Paulo, Brazil to join Tiago Ernesto at his facility in Texas before recently arriving in Florida to compete on the prestigious winter dressage circuit. In addition to the three horses owned by Interagro, Ernesto has brought a total of five horses bred by Interagro to Florida for season, including his Grand Prix mount, Hobbit Interagro.
Stallion Empreiteiro Interagro and geldings Hectar Interagro and Platão Interagro are currently training at Ernesto’s winter riding grounds in preparation for their Florida show debut. Hectar Interagro is working at the Prix St. Georges level, while Platão Interagro recently kicked-off his show career with a 74.615% and a blue ribbon at Training Level at the end of 2022. Platão’s sire and fellow Florida resident, the bay stallion Empreiteiro Interagro, competed through the Small Tour Level in Brazil with scores over 68.5%.
Ernesto will also show his newly minted Grand Prix mount, Hobbit Interagro, for owners Jade Watts Gonzales and Terri T. Watts. Ernesto trained and campaigned the 11-year-old Hobbit Interagro to the International Level beginning with his CDI debut during the 2021 Florida season, finishing 2nd in his first few starts. The pair won their 2022 Grand Prix debut with a 71.3% at the CDN in Houston, Texas.
“All of the Interagro horses are a pleasure to ride and train due to their natural athleticism, rideability, and amazing temperaments,” said Ernesto, who is originally from Portugal. “Platão Interagro handled his first outing extremely well; he is very level headed, focused, and talented as a dressage horse. His cadence and temperament make him a fantastic option for either an amateur or professional, and are complimented by his good looks. Hectar Interagro is a gorgeous modern-type Lusitano. He begain his career as a driving horse, but has quickly adapted to dressage and proven to have the upper level movement, balance, versatility. and cadence that is typical of the Interagro Lusitano. Despite being breeding stallions, both Empreiteiro and Hobbit are the epitome of regality, exceptionally well-behaved and love their job and their riders.”
For more information on Platão Interagro, visit: https://lusitano-interagro.com/store/platao-interagro/. For direct inquiries or to see Platão Interagro in Wellington, Florida, contact Tiago Ernesto at EliteHorseAcademy@gmail.com.
About Interagro Lusitanos
Established in 1975, Interagro Lusitanos has over 40 years of experience breeding, training, and exporting Lusitanos. More than 300 horses have been exported from their Brazilian-based breeding and training center to the US alone (as of 2020), and 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. Through meticulous breeding, exceptional care, and world-class training, the Interagro Lusitanos of today continue that legacy as they compete across four continents.
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