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Pure-bred Spanish: Stallions of elite quality and distinction

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By Lily Forado
Photography: Wojciech Kwiatkowski

When Sarah Bullimore finished the 2022 five-atar dressage phase in Lexington in second place, just behind the eventual winners, Michael Jung and FRH Chipmunk (Contendro I x Reichsgraf), the story she had to tell the press was one that has been heard over-and-over in the world of eventing... Sarah had grown her own.

The word Elite stems from the French word élite, which in turn comes from the Latin word eligere (to ‘pick out’ or to ‘choose’). When it comes to the pure-bred Spanish horses, there are just 13 who have earned the Elite descriptive. They include:
• Ermitaño III (1985: Ganador VIII - Ermitana IV x Cazo)
• Evento (1985: Leviton - Tecnica x Jenson)
• Kabileño VIII (2000: Pampero VII - Kabila X x Nevado IX) breeder Yeguada Marin García, owner Rancho el Marengo
• Utrerano VII (1993: Librijano III - Utrerana IV 1982 B x Levante III 1970) breeder Hrdos. D Miguel Bohorquez Ruiz, owner Miguel Angel de Cardenas Osuna
• Impaciente II (1997: Talisman IV x Fumana x Expres) breeder Hermanos Camacho Benítez, owner Jauquicoa Martinena
• Cacique IX (2003: Ermitano III - Regenta XV x Hortelano XIV) breeder Retortillo S.A, owner Centro Reproducción Equina Pepe Anton
• Americano XXXIII (Corinto X - Americana XXVII x Botijo VI) breeder/owner Yeguada el Romerito
• Doblón TR (1998: Ermitano III - Espuela x Nervioso XI) breeder Yeguada el Tremedal, owner Yeguada Susaeta
• Duque CXIII (2005: Educado X - Violetera IX x Geofago) breeder/owner Yeguada Las Arenas
• Jinete IX (2006: Deseado XXIX - Diva XVII x Goloso XIII) breeder Leopoldo García Almazán, owner Yeguada Mendoza Cadema
• Yegüerito III (1997: Garboso XVII - Yegüerita x Albero II) breeder Hrdos. D Miguel Bohorquez Ruiz, owner Yeguada Altajara
• Pastelero VII (2000: Generoso XXXIII - Traviesa XI x Limeno VIII) breeder/owner Yeguada Piñero,
plus a single mare named
• Coral XXV (2003: Ermitano III - Isleña XV x Cartujo) bred and owned by Yeguada Arroyomonte.
Genetic selection may be nothing new, but the techniques used are. ANCCE (Asociacion Nacional de Criadores de Caballos de Pura Raza Española), has a very strict breeding program. When it comes to Pura Raza Española (PRE) breeding, the Elite breeding horses are the cream of the crop, bearing the highest distinction within their Genetic Breeding Program. A total of 11 horses have earned this category and appeared in the 2021 Breeding Stock Catalog – being a valuable source of verified and rigorous information about PRE breeding horses... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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