By Roberta Milani / ABCCH (Translation: Caroline Padilla)
Photography: ABCCH archives, TIEC/Madison Ibach
Strength, technique, talent, sweetness and potential are some of the characteristics of Brazilian Sport Horses, which makes the breed suitable for many levels of athletes in equestrian sport.
Quite simply, national breeding keeps breaking both national and international barriers and its representatives have been properly introducing the breed around the globe.
Recently, the nine-year-old Danna RJ (Quiz Time x Candidus) was ridden by Sweden’s Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli in Belgium. Jumping 1m35 and 1m40, the young brown mare has displayed steady evolution on the international stage. Until last year, this Brazilian Sport Horse had impressed and qualified herself for several young horse competitions. Among her best accomplishments is winning a two-star international showjumping class (CSI2*) in Opglabbeek, with 1m40 obstacles over two phases. Jumping clear in the second round in 28.19 seconds, she beat 42 other competitors to win €625. Danna RJ also won in Sentower Park (CSI2*/CSI1*/CSIYH1*/ CSIV-B), with a clear round in 28.40 seconds, conquering the Eurohorse Prize.
Also in Belgium, Brazil’s own Francisco Musa led the Brazilian Sport Horse Fast-Car Império Egípcio (Diamant de Semilly x Calvaro Z) to victory in a two-phase 1m40 class, faultlessly completing the round in 23.91 seconds. Musa also claimed fourth place riding the Brazilian Sport Horse Miss-Sarajevo Império Egípicio (Diamant de Semilly x Canadian River) in 24.88 seconds. Both horses were bred at Haras Império Egípcio, which belongs to Danial Aguiar Morelli.
Another Brazilian pro-duct that stands out overseas is the gray horse Cassilano Jmen (Calisco Jmen x Bramo). At the Falsterbo Horse Show 2021 event, in south-west Sweden, this Brazilian Sport Horse carried Swedish international Rolf-Göran Bengtsson into second place in the 1m50 Grand Prix, recording 47.59 seconds in the jump-off to win a €93,700 purse. On that same weekend, the pair also jumped the Kval Till Grand Prix (CSI3*) at 1m45, recording a clear round against the clock in 71.15 seconds.
Speed and thrills were certainly present during the Speed Stake event in the two-star International Show Jumping Competition (CSI2*) in Mill Spring, USA. The Canadian rider Erynn Ballard rode Really Electra Xango – a Brazilian Sport Horse mare born in 2012 (Indoctro x Lucky Electra Xango), owned by Ilan Ferder – to their second inter-national victory in a row at 1m45. The pair consolidated their partnership by completing the course designed by Nick Granat (USA), in 56.66 seconds – an unbeatable perfor-mance.