Visit Coudelaria Luis Bastos



Lusitano Horse Finder in partnership with Coudelaria Luis Bastos are offering you a special tour of their stud farm on Saturday 12th November.

You will be picked up at Golega at 9.30am Saturday morning at the entrance to Golega on the Breeder Brands roundabout.

Learn about the bloodlines, breeding principles and see how the Lusitanos are reared – this is a wonderful opportunity so grab it while you can.

Book your place please email us at

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Golegã is close! Meet us, see our new Projects!

Golegã horse fair is only two weeks away many will be busy making plans preparing horses, polishing tack, clothing, sorting their casetas and stands. It’s a time of year with an Autumnal smell in the air and light buzz of anticipation bounces on the breeze and whirls in the wind. Golegã captured the imaginations of everyone that visits.. It’s a complex mix of everything Portugal at both extremes.

Take a tour around the fair here – Golegã a National Treasure

Lusitano Horse Finder team will be present and have many new and improved parts to our business to show.  Our International status is bringing a huge amount of media coverage in magazines all over the Globe and also our contract with the FEI to produce two articles per month is proving to be a huge success.

Looking for your dream a Lusitano to buy – 

We can help and have many horses and contacts at Golega both in fair and at the farms.

Contact us to tell us what you are looking for and we can plan with you some horses to see and try at Golega.  Email Hanna Larsson

International Marketing Programmes for Lusitano Breeders

Breeders International Marketing Programmes – We have some very exciting news to announce with regard to achievements of these programmes and the International SEO status breeders are already achieved.  The statisical results don’t lie we will shortly be showing what good optimisation can bring you.

Learn more about this at our introduction page in Portuguese and in English

Contact Pedro Matos

UntitledCoudelaria Miguel Felix da Costa

Delighted to have the opportunity to work with Coudelaria Miguel Felix da Costa a long established breeder of sportive pure Lusitanos.  We are now working on an International marketing programmes with them which will be launched in Golegã.  You are all invited to visit the caseta and meet the 5 stunning Lusitanos they will be bringing.

More about these shortly.

Image by Bruno Barata





Brilliant Maria Caetano


Portugal’s Leading Lady Dressage Rider – she’s wowing her audience, making waves and flying high!

What’s more she is demonstrating to the World just how great Lusitanos are!

Sport Lusitanos ridden by Maria Caetano

We’ve been fans of Maria Caetano for many years having watched and followed her progress throughout.  Now with all the honest hard work and dedication she has put in every day her efforts are truly paying off with greater and greater achievements. She was in the World equestrian Games in France and now this weekend in International competition she has shown just what an amazing horse woman she truly is, achieving high results on two young Lusitanos at the 4 and 5 star CND in Mallorca.

She achieved spectacular results on two Lusitanos both only 9 years old. Coroado is the son of the famous Rubi who competed so fantastically in the 2012 Olympics witn Goncalo Carvalho.

Biso de leziras  – 2nd in PSG – 68,237% and 2nd  INT1 – 68,079%
Coroado 4th in GP – 69,960% and  3rd in GPK 74,000%

Photo credits – Rui Pedro Godinho





14516354_10154462793395761_7641679749951099326_nPreviously in Portugal she competed in the CND at Beloura on 3 Lusitanos and won all 6 classes.

Colorado : GP-72,5 %; GPS-70,767 %
Biso de leziras: inter1- 67,6 %; inter1 kur-71,8 %
Falcao: C2- 68,2 C3- 68,8 % %;


What’s more Zingaro that competed in the Rio Olympics with Giovana Pass was trained by Maria and Paulo Caetano. Maria competed him in Europe taking himto GP before being bought by Giovana.

We have a new interview coming up with Maria very soon but in the meantime maybe you would like to enjoy an interview made with her 3 years ago.

Biso owned by Rui Oliveira ridden by Maria Caetano



Photo Credit – Lena Saugen


Maria 2013

Maria is petite, pretty, intelligent and an extremely capable she rides Grand Prix dressage internationally and is not afraid to gallop across rolling hills rounding cattle.

Maria you are doing just great in dressage competing Internationally and you were in the World Equestrian Games this year.  We would love to know more about your life, your dreams and what it is like being trained by your famous dad.

What age did you start riding?

I don’t remember the first time I sat on a horse. Since my very first year of age I had been on a horse’s back with my dad.  I do however remember that the first time I rode a horse by myself in the Golegã fair  I was 5  years old.

I started competing when I was 13 in small dressage competitions and the Portuguese traditional equitation competitions. But it was in the Working Equitation that I started the serous competition, I was 14 years old.

Do you have any funny stories of your early days riding?  Did you and your brother get on or did you compete with each other?

I always had a big passion for bullfighting and riding out in the fields with cows. So, since I was very young (10 or 11) I used to bullfight small cows with my brother in the fields. I always did it and still do it just for fun. In 1999 when I was 13 years old I did perform 2 real public bullfights.
However, despite my public presentation, it was never in my mind to be a professional bullfighter. I always wanted to follow a sport career.

You did very well in your younger years but you then competed on a warmblood how was that for you?  Would you like to ride warmbloods now?

I started in the serious dressage competition as Junior. It was when I was in the young riders level that I started my steps into International competition. I chose to compete on warm bloods at that level because, at the time, they were more competitive in movements required for Prix St Georges. So, I competed as YR on White Cedar, a Hannoverian, and we achieved 2 gold medals in the National Championships and we competed 3 times in the European Championships. Then I needed a schoolmaster to help me to get in the Grand Prix and we bought Diamant, a big warmblood from Kasselman stables. He was a great schoolmaster for GP and gave me a gold medal in the Senior National Championships on 2008 and a place on the national team for the European Championships in Windsor 2009.

For me the good horses are the good ones, whatever their breed. However it’s a greater pleasure for me to represent my country on the back of a Lusitano.

What makes the lusitanos special for you?

What makes the Lusitanos special is the willingness to work and to please the rider. A Lusitano is always trying to understand and help their rider, giving all of him or even more if he can.

Maria and Paulo CaetanoYou and your father have quite a dynamic relationship how do you like working together?

It’s a big pleasure, a lucky situation, to have my father as a trainer. We work every day together, which is a big advantage. Our relationship is spectacular. He can be strict, but we know that at the end  of the day we are father and daughter!  I’m so lucky to have a master like him at home!

Is all your training with Paulo or do you have others trainers also? Attend clinics etc?

I have had the opportunity to learn from great masters. I spent some of my summer and Christmas holidays in Germany, training with Lisa Wilcox and then with Dolf Keller. I also use to attend to clinics with Kyra Kyrklund and her husband Richard White, Jan Bemelmans and Francisco Cancela de Abreu.

I have seen you and Paulo ride the same horse and I notice differences as would be with any two riders of course but i feel to get on a horse after Paulo has been riding must be quite a feel as he rides very much more classically and has the bull fighting roots. The horses seem very positively dynamic after him I would like to hear you thoughts and comments on the differences for you.

Photo credit Lena Saugen

In fact we have the habit of sharing the horses’ daily work with each other. I find that it is very positive that we both ride the same horse since we can share feelings and opinions and then, we can direct the work in a best way. Of course my father has much more experience than me in training horses up to GP. So, he uses his skills, focus and his method in teaching the horses new exercises and I usually focus my method and skills on preparing them for the competitions.

Your riding has come from classical principles too how do you find the cross over into modern competition what are the key differences for you if any?

The classical equitation is, for me, the right basis for the sport. Also I always have present in my mind the FEI training scale,  I think these are the main tool structure for the horse and the rider combined with classical principles they can bring you and your horse to competition. Nowadays Dressage has developed a lot and the marks increased exponentially, in my opinion we are beginning a golden times of good equitation and I think that riders are coming more and more to the classical principles.

What was it like for you to ride out into the arena at the World Equestrian Games?

It was a big pleasure for me to represent my country with a Lusitano at the WEG! I had been before in 3 European Championships as Senior, but in the previous WEG (2010), my horse Util died 5 days before the competition, so I really wanted to be there this year.





Photo Credit – Lena Saugen

Unfortunately, Xiripiti was not totally fit, due to an injury he had after the National Championships, he lost some weeks of training before the WEG. Anyway, he did a very clear test, no mistakes, but without his usual strength in the extensions and half passes.


Maria, I guess your next goal is the Olympics and we would truly love to see you competing in them  tell us a little about your ambitions we are very interested to know.

I prefer to be focused on the short term, since with horses you have to live day by day, developing your methods and your horse in the daily work and then the results in competition will appear. Anyway, of course that I have some goals in my sportive life, and one of them is the Olympics. Next year I will be focused on the European Championships that will take place in Aachen. A place for a long time now I’ve been dreaming to compete there. Then we will try to be in the Olympics. It’s a tough job to get a place in the Olympics as individual rider, so the first goal will be that the Portuguese team get placed into the 6 first team in the Europeans 2015 and consequently get the qualification, as a team, to the Olympics. I think that it is possible since we have a great group of horses and riders to compete next year in GP level. If it doesn’t happen, then I have to try to get a place as individual.

You told me that you are now very much involved in the horse breeding aspect of your farm how are you making your breeding decisions these days as I believe you are still producing Lusitanos for bull fighting and for dressage competition.  How many mares do you have and do you use your own stallions?

We have 15 Lusitano mares we breed for dressage and for bullfight for a long time. I use to say, “when a horse is good is good for everything”. Of course it is not strictly like this but, we always try to find horses with strong backs and legs, with flexibility and “self-carry” and good mind, being always willing to work with the rider. These are essential characteristics for bullfighting and for dressage. Then, we try to use stallions with curriculum in dressage and in bullfighting.

Photo Credit – lean Saugen



You are not just a dressage rider but a very fun adventurous rider that is not afraid to have some real fun galloping across the Alentejo hills rounding up cattle, and taking part in many Portuguese traditions wearing traditional clothing it is lovely to see this make you very cool in our eyes tell us a little about this side of your life.

Maria Caetano and her husband

I always loved to ride out in the countryside and to work with the cattle. I like to participate, as a hobby, in Acoso y Derribo competitions with my husband. It is a Spanish tradition where two riders have to lead a cow and catch it in the open field. It is really fun and it gives you a lot of adrenaline. We have to have very well trained horses to do it. I can’t imagine having a hobby without horses.

Thank you Maria and looking forward to our next talk.

text by Teresa Burton  Photo Maria on Zigaro by Lena Saugen

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Look out for the Lusitanos at Rio


It seems like 4 years has flown by with lots happening along the way. Sadly there are no Portuguese entries in the dressage this time round but I am certain come 2020 there will be. We have so many promising riders and horses coming through not forgetting the outstanding rider Goncalo Carvalho.

However the Dressage is not without Lusitanos in the line up and the Portuguese influence is very much alive.

I am delighted and proud to say that Paulo Caetano has been involved in producing Lusitanos for dressage competition and his work is now being recognized with two horses he and his daughter Maria have taken to GP level are competing in Rio in the Brazilian team, Zingaro de Lyw and Vendaval. What’s more he has trained Brazil’s youngest dressage team competitor Giovana Pass, she achieved the highest qualifying scores in the team. FEI have recognised this and published my article about Paulo have a read #RoadtoRio #twohearts

I remember the first photo shoot we did we Paulo and Maria, Maria was riding Zingaro de Lyw he was an impressive young horse bred by Enrique Guerrero in Spain close to Madrid. It was Enrique Guerrero that owned Zingaro’s father Guizo, who was the first Lusitano to achieve a silver medal in the Olympics. He was ridden by the talented Spanish rider Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo for the Spanish team. Guizo came from a very old rare bloodline at the Alter Real stud farm in Portugal although he did not have the Alter brand. The bloodline produced horses with very strong personality and great power, many with GP potential. Enrique was keen to preserve this line and he followed a strict concept of selection for Dressage and basing it in this wonderful classic Lusitano stallion.
Zingaro de Lyw

Zingaro was one of the first off spring from Guizo

He probably would not be considered to most handsome of horses but at 5 turning 6 he had a strong back and good bones. His gaits were good and he was already showing great talent for piaffe and passage. With Paulo’s training and guidance Maria took him to GP level winning several important competitions along the way.

Here is the original article where you can see many images of Zingaro de Lyw .

We are looking forward to seeing how all the Lusitano’s perform in Rio, especially Zingaro de Lyw. I clearly remember the day Enrique, with total certainty told me Zingaro will be in the Olympics, then Zingaro was only 6 or 7 years old. Well Enrique was right and I hope that he thoroughly enjoys seeing the horse he bred and son of hos stallion Guizo compete. Not many can claim two horses they’ve owned have competed in such an event.

Wishing everyone all the best!!!

Zingaro de Lyw

Equestrian Lifestyle – Cool images at Coudelaria Luís Bastos

We are very proud that in next 10 days we will be launching the new video and website for the fabulous and cool Lusitano Breeder Coudelaria Luís Bastos currently holding the 2016 title of

  • Best Breeder at the APSL International Lusitano Festival Cascais
  • Champion of champions with his stunning filly Jurdânea

Jurdanea Coudelaria Luis Bastos




Image of Jurdânea by Bruno Barata

Lusitano Horse Finder Media team have recently spent time at the farm really learning all about how Luis Bastos started the stud, his dreams, goals and his philosophy. I have to say we are excited to share the story with you through images, editorial and video.

Stay posted for the launch.

The amazing header image is of a stunning buckskin colt at Coudelaria Luís Bastos and top presenter Ze Miguel Vinagre is a taster of the  modern, cool images to come by Bruno Barata Photography.

FEELING HONOURED – just recently I have been invited to write for the FEI Organisation –

I am thrilled to be asked both for myself, Lusitano Horse Finder,  for Lusitanos and for Portugal it is great opportunity to present wonderful equestrian stories and images in their exciting new project.

What’s more I want you all to get involved I’m always looking for special, interesting and unusual stories that have Lusitanos interlinked so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have something you would like to share. I am all ears!

You never know it could be published!

Stay posted for more info and the project launch. Remember contact me with your news and stories TERESA

EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE – is taking off , the equestrian marketplace is set to be worth – a staggering $38.8 billion worldwide in directly related products and services and has a total impact of $101.5 billion on U.S. GDP. This is really quite something!

Modelo Roxanne com casaco 3/4 de Christophe Sauvat, calças de ganga modelo ‘Diva’ da Salsa, botins Zilian e óculos de sol Celine

Image by Lena Saugen with model Roxane

We are certainly seeing the growth here at Lusitano Horse Finder.  ‘The Lusitano’ is really the breed of this time, not just in sport but as the best Leisure horse to have so much fun with. They are, after all,  great looking, versatile, agile, willing and want to join us on our adventures. Lusitanos fit perfectly as our ‘Equine Lifestyle Partners’.

This market growth has brought many amazing opportunities to us, there are many more on the way we cannot help but feel excited everyday with what will arrived next. One great example recently was a 60th Birthday Party we designed and hosted involving lots of Lusitanos –

PARTY IN PORTUGUESE STYLE – Lusitanos piaffe to thrill!

It was a fabulous 60th birthday party for a Danish Business man Niels and joint owner with his wife of the stunning Quinta da Varzea. 80 people attended, many arriving from Denmark and other parts of the globe with no idea what to expect. Nadja Maria manager at Quinta da Varzea had done an amazing job of preparing the Quinta and transforming yet untouched ground into stunning patios and gardens.  Her horses looking fabulous in the super paddocks lining both sides of the driveway. Just the entrance alone created such a feeling of well being and happy horses.





Image by Lena Saugen Photography

The party group spent an action packed weekend enjoying the celebrations which intertwined Lusitanos, Portuguese traditional entertainments and of course amazing Regional foods and wines.  A party never to be forgotten! Even those that weren’t horse lovers could not help but be enveloped into the richness and romance of seeing fine stallions with their elegant riders performing from The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and the thrilling team of Working Equitation Riders in their Night time show.



It was a pleasure for us the organise and host such an event – We are looking forward to many more.

Image by Lena Saugen

Testimonial from Niels

It was an outstanding experience the organisation, the events and especially the horse shows were impressive. The area, the historical farmhouse, with the very good Portuguese service…..and the fado singers were wonderful.

Remember get in touch with stories, horses, enquiries we are always ready to talk !

Happy Summertime to one and all

Teresa x







International Lusitano Festival Highlights

Well the festival is already over!  So much work and energy to get ready, then it’s a whirlwind of activity and in puff of air gone.  Today I am sitting  in our patio office drinking coffee and reflecting on all the fun we had.  We still have the joy of many elegant heads looking over the doors from Coudelaria Vila Viçosa & Coudelaria Fernando Pinho. Just love them…….wondering how can I keep them all!

Many horses staying in the Lusitano Horse Finder patio won prizes –

166Coudelaria Luis Bastos – very deservedly won Best Breeder with many medals and prizes in the show

His stunning filly Jurdanea won Champion female and Champion of Champions.

what’s more –

Presenter Ze Miguel Vinagre won Best Presenter

This photo by Bruno Barata features them all together.


208Luis Bastos 3 year old mare Iris achieved 1st place and a gold medal.

Image by Bruno Barata

Rodrigo Moura Torres on Faisão bred at their stud farm – 451

Coudelaria Torres Vaz Freire won Champion Male.

Image by Bruno Barata





jota by Coudelaria Vila VicosaThis lovely Colt Jota bred by Coudelaria Vila Viçosa owned by Coudelaria Fernando Pinho achieved 2nd place and a silver medal.

Image by Bruno Barata

See more photos of the working equitation and showing here



GOING TO PONTE DE LIMA !  Join us there for glass of wine, chat about Lusitanos, riding holidays, training, Victorino saddlery.  Find us on Coudelaria Vila Viçosa caseta.












The Colourful, the Grand & the Creative with Lusitanos!

Here we are only a couple weeks away from the APSL International Lusitano Festival at Quinta da Marinha in Cascais.  For all of us at Lusitano Horse Finder we have the added pleasure of actually having our patio at Quinta da Marinha now.

We are proud and delighted that we will be hosting many very SPECIAL HORSES in our yard.


On the Friday 17th June in the early evening we will be hosting an event we can’t wait it is going to be great fun, anyway more  on this in next couple of days.  All are welcome.

  • We will be showing our fabulous new projects for – Lusitano breeders
  • Training and livery opportunities for your horse  SEE MORE HERE
  • Classical dressage lessons and holidays – Learning with Nuno Cavaco
  • Riders marketing and PR packages – photo shoot with Maria Caetano The Woman to Watch!!
  • Speciality equestrian holidays
  • Victorino saddlery
  • A fashion photo shoot with top fashion journalist and lovely models & Lusitanos
  • Photo Exhibition 

c1Qzg5INVyikifZMcHL-Mu2uShbE2_6OhvkrwhCy83Vogdz_xJyPjIjxkcPPO23zIZHi1O03Aek=s0-d-e1-ftIf you’ve never been to the festival and would like to know more here is a small introduction

FESTIVAL 16-18 June 2016

These last few weeks have been action packed with many developments –


m and rTHE WOMAN TO WATCH – Maria Caetano is flying high going from strength to strength in her national and international dressage competitions.  She is an absolute joy to spend time with so it was a total pleasure to see her again meet her fabulous horses.  What’s more we had the an added bonus with the opportunity to meet the colourful, charming and charismatic owner of Biso das Lezírias – Rui Oliveira. I will be posting the interview just before the festival and the photo shoot will be part of our exhibition.

Breeder Websites – we are extremely excited to show case our project with an extremely GRAND set of images that will take your breathe away – the whole shoot was such an experience.  See more about the opportunity here or contact us.

Fashion and Lusitanos – just recently we hosted a very ‘last minute’ photo fashion shoot at Quinta da Marinha with a top Fashion Journalist and Stylist – Lena Saugen was our photographer.  I am waiting with total excitement to show the results all in the exhibition!  Image by Lena Saugen


13318509_10209195563266845_2048463690_nSpeciality Equestrian Holidays – We are regularly hosting stunning holidays in Portugal for small groups of 4-6 riders (can be double with non riding partners) the holidays and designed especially for your group and are an experience you will never forget. If you would like to come to Golega with have one group place left for 4 people for details – GET IN TOUCH

Hanna Larsson and Bruno Barata have been out checking out great new holiday locations all will be revealed soon!

Image by Bruno Barata

WOW PARTY – Through our company Lusitano Weddings and Events we have just come down from designing and organising a fabulous birthday party for 80 guests mainly coming from outside Portugal there will be a article about this soon.  It was a spectacular 3 day event packed with beautiful Lusitanos, great shows,  Portuguese wines and cuisine, traditional entertainments and amazing people. If you are dreaming of a party, wedding, holiday in Portugal we can help it come true.


We are so enjoying this life come and join us to be part of it.








Classical Riding Club 21st Anniversary Dressage Event

I am very proud and honored to be invited to be one of the 5 selected presenters at the Classical Riding Club 21st Anniversary Dressage Event in Bedford UK on 30th July this year.  What’s more I am alongside some top people what a great privilege!

  • Colonel Christian Carde – former Chief Instructor of Cadre Noir Saumur France
  • Nuno Cavaco – Rider of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art
  • Sylvia Loch- Accredited Instructor of the Portuguese National Federation
  • Patrick Print OBE – Fellow of the British Horse Society & Director of Horse Scotland
  • Uwe Spenlen – Former FEI Judge and Member of German Judges Association

I think the event will be amazing, definitely worth attending if you can. I cannot wait to get there.  I hope to see many friends and students and meet lots of new people.

If you want to come along I recommend to get in touch quickly so go to

Looking forward to it.

Nuno Cavaco

CRC 21st Annivarsary poster



Lusitano Horse Finder at Quinta da Marinha

We are very excited to announce that Lusitano Horse Finder is now with a patio at Quinta da Marinha in Cascais close to fabulous beaches, bars, restaurants and shopping.

There are plenty of improvements to make which are underway.

We are looking forward to receiving horses in for training with Nuno Cavaco and horses in for sale. If you are looking for quality training for your horse get in touch Nuno

having a holiday in Portugal? If you are coming to Portugal and would like some classical dressage lessons we can also offer these on quality trained Lusitanos.  There will be more about these opportunities posted over the weekend.

STAY POSTED – message us your interest for further information TERESA

image by Bruno Barata

LHF Quinta da Marinha

Victorino Saddlery is the BEST!

There is no doubt in our minds that the Entirely handmade saddlery by Jose and Cristina at Victorino is ‘SECOND TO NONE’  we receive every week amazing comments and feedback about it’s quality and beauty.  This latest message from the USA says it all

portuguese stirrup Hi Teresa
I received the second saddle today, and have ridden quite a bit in the dressage saddle already.  It fits me and it fits the horses.  The dressage saddle is so beautiful and it feels like a tailored pair of italian shoes!!!  Jose and his wife make stunning saddles.  Both saddles (and bridles) are far better than I could have imagined.  I have ridden in Albion, Hermes, Crosby, Stubben, Passier, Kiefer, Jaguar, Frank Baines, Balance, County, and others.  This Victorino saddle feels a lot different.  I am surprised how much better I can feel the horse and it stays in one place, doesn’t rock back and forth or go from side to side. My seat also feels very stable. What a wonderful feel……

Vera was here,from Anja Beran’s,and rode in the dressage saddle.  She really liked it and said all was correct with the seat and leg position.

Please send my appreciation to Jose and his wife for QUALITY and WORKMANSHIP.  It makes a difference.
thank you to you for coordinating and communicating.
I hope to schedule a trip to Portugal in the fall and meet you and everyone else.
Theresa Booher

Jose de SousaIf you decide to treat yourself to something made by Victorino you will not be disappointed the style, the beauty, the leather quality and the stitching is unmatched.  I will say you will sometimes have to wait quite a long time for your items as they have so many orders to full fill and literally very step of the making is by hand.  This takes time and they are not getting any younger.

Image Jose de Sousa by Lena Saugen

Read about Jose and Cristina

But this is an investment of a lifetime – soon handmade items like this will be a thing of the past and only found as collectors items.  I urge you to treat yourself :-). 

Have a look at their stunning pieces in the shop and if you need something especially designed we can do this too.  Even make copies of truly vintage pieces.   Visit Shop

Text – Teresa Burton Images by Lena Saugen


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