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My own Lusitano journey began with a client who want- ed to invest in a few breeding stallions. Together we traveled to Brazil in 2004 to attend the Interagro Inter- national Collection sale. We had an amazing adventure (another long story itself) and ended up purchasing and importing some Lusitano stallions. Not only did I fall in love with the horses…I fell in love with the people of Interagro. I guess it was one of those experiences where you feel like you are exactly where you are supposed to be and, although you didn’t really plan it, it worked out exactly as it should have!

Our feelings were mutual and the Interagro team hired me as a consultant to help them develop their training and eventually their marketing program. With the great help of the super team of Interagro, we are working hard to bring the Lusitano breed to the international market at a collection sale held every winter in West Palm Beach, Florida. These Lusitanos demonstrate the results of a breeding program dating back to the early 1980s that was designed to create a Lusitano that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the Warmblood in FEI sport. We take pride in developing the breed with traditional blood while developing a sport horse that will show natu- ral gaits and athletic ability to be more competitive in the show ring.

Dr Paulo Gonzaga, the owner of Interagro, made a very interesting statement of his dream at the world Lusitano meeting in the early 1980s in São Paulo, Brazil. To quote him loosely he said, “Bull fighting is a dying sport and we need to modernize the breed and look to the FEI as a serious direction for our breed.” With a lot of hard work, planning, and advice from experts around the world, Dr. Gonzaga has achieved this goal! As a Grand Prix dressage rider, I am proud to ride these horses next to any Warmblood.

Perhaps you’re now thinking that I’m giving up on Warmbloods or that I believe one breed is better than the other. I actually adore both types of horses and I find the whole thing about ‘my choice is better than yours’ a bit narrow minded. My philosophy is simply that a great horse is a great horse. A great rider is a great rider. Classical is not better than competition and competition riding is not better than classical. The great riders and trainers will find it fairly easy to move from one genre to another with help from an expert in that particular field. In the same vein, I always wonder why so much time is wasted thinking Spanish horses are better than Port- uguese or visa versa, or whether classical is more correct than competition dressage. I guess what I am trying to say is I have seen bad horses in every breed and bad

Heather schools passage on the Lusitano stallion Sargon Interagro, owned by Louise Turkula of Minnesota.

Heather and her Hanoverian Winwood demonstrate an extended trot.

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