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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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 Journey with Equitação

We are delighted to have formed a relationship with Equitação magazine

to bring to you their super new project for the Lusitano!

If you are wondering about Equitação it is an equestrian magazine in Portugal that covers the news and information largely on the Lusitano breed and equestrian activities and sport in Portugal.  Written in Portuguese as of course it should be, most cannot read the articles. However now Equitação are looking to step onto the International platform and offer more information on the Lusitano to a wider audience. 

We would love you to join us in enjoying their new project – Lusitano Horse – A Unique Selection. 

The first in their video selection will be launched next week so look out for it posted here on Lusitano Horse Finder. Also look out for our article in their next magazine Equitação out by 14th February 2016.

In conjunction with this us at Lusitano Horse Finder will be launching our dynamic new marketing Packages for Breeders.  Stay Posted for next addition of Equitação magazine and announcements on website and facebook.

Here’s Equitação‘s introduction –

Lusitano Horse – A Unique Selection

New project from EQUITAÇÃO TV about the Purebred Lusitano Horse
will be launched in February 2016.


Lusitano“Lusitano Horse – A Unique Selection” is the title of the new documentary, produced by EQUITAÇÃO TV, created not only from the need to promote and disseminate an outstanding heritage that is the Lusitano Horse, but also from the willingness to testify, design and document the best Portuguese Studs and breeders.

Starring Bruno Caseirão, in each episode this documentary will take you on a journey through Portugal, visiting different studs, well-known and recognized worldwide such as Paulo Caetano International, Sta. Margarida Stud, Casa Cadaval, Manuel Veiga Stud, Monte da Tramagueira, Pedro Ferraz da Costa Stud, and many others.

With interviews made in Portuguese, all episodes have English subtitles, in order to be understood all over the world, where this bread is admired and cherished.
For all ages, “Lusitano Horse – A Unique Selection” is intended to all the horse lovers. That is also why, in a first stage, all episodes will be available online, for free, on EQUITAÇÃO TV’s webpage and on the Facebook page, allowing people from any part of the globe to watch, share and appreciate it.
“Lusitano Horse – A Unique Selection” will be released this February. If you don’t want to miss the first episode and all the news about it, follow us on
About EQUITAÇÃO TV (Producer)
12509135_989547824450459_3636503950192312953_nEQUITAÇÃO is a Portuguese brand since 1995, in the market for more than 20 years as the n.º 1 equestrian paper magazine. In the last two decades EQUITAÇÃO has been growing, and besides the Magazine, a daily updated website ( and social media, in 2010 started also as a TV, producing a weekly TV equestrian show, titled “Equitação Magazine”. With a 25m duration, this equestrian sport TV show includes interviews and events in Portugal and abroad, covering all the disciplines. “Equitação Magazine” is already broadcasted in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Vert (by the Portuguese cable channels A BOLA TV, REGIÕES TV and ), and also on Brazil (by the HORSE BRASIL CHANNEL).



About Bruno Caseirão (Co-author and host)
10500311_10203871641415460_7899408435351940872_nTeacher and university scholar. Equitação’s collaborator, since 2006, had published in this magazine numerous articles and interviews to some of the most prominent personalities on the Lusitano Horse, Culture and Equestrian Art. In the last few years has organized, co-organized and participated in a series of congresses, conferences and lectures around Portuguese Equestrian Heritage and Lusitano Horse, such as What Future for the Lusitano horse in Portugal and in the world? (APSL, Equitação and PSML), Lusitano horse – Art and Equestrian Heritage (National Culture Centre), 1st Portuguese Congress on Equestrian Tourism (ANTE); but also in Dressage discipline domain, including the three editions of the International Dressage Forum (Portuguese Academy of Dressage), Top Portuguese Riders in High Competition:

What Experience Teaches Us? (Equitação and Pet Festival), Portuguese Equestrian Federation 1st and 2nd Dressage Forum (FEP). In 2015 took also part, as a speaker, of the CDI3* Vilamoura – X Iberian Dressage Cup.

Cavalo Lusitano – Uma Selecção Ímpar

Novo projecto da EQUITAÇÃO TV, dedicado ao cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano,
estreia em Fevereiro de 2016.

Lusitano“Cavalo Lusitano – Uma Selecção Ímpar” é o nome do novo ciclo de documentários, produzidos pela EQUITAÇÃO TV. O projecto nasceu da necessidade de promover e difundir o magnífico património que é a raça Lusitana e, ao mesmo tempo, de dar a conhecer e documentar as melhores Coudelarias e criadores portugueses.
Conduzido por Bruno Caseirão, em cada episódio este documentário vai levá-lo numa viagem por Portugal, visitando diversas coudelarias nacionais, conhecidas e reconhecidas em todo o mundo, como a de Paulo Caetano, Santa Margarida, Casa Cadaval, Manuel Veiga, Monte da Tramagueira, Pedro Ferraz da Costa, entre outras.

Com entrevistas realizadas em português, todos os episódios estão legendados em inglês, para que possam ser igualmente desfrutados além fronteiras, onde o Cavalo Lusitano é bastante admirado e apreciado.

Destinado a todas as faixas etárias “Cavalo Lusitano – Uma Selecção Ímpar” é Com entrevistas realizadas em português, todos os episódios estão legendados em inglês, para que possam ser igualmente desfrutados além fronteiras, onde o Cavalo Lusitano é bastante admirado e apreciado.

Destinado a todas as faixas etárias “Cavalo Lusitano – Uma Selecção Ímpar” é dirigido aos amantes do mundo equestre. É também por esse motivo que, numa primeira fase, os episódios deste ciclo de documentários, serão disponibilizadas online e gratuitamente no website da EQUITAÇÃO TV e no Facebook, para que possam ser assistidos e partilhados em qualquer parte do globo. Em Portugal, os episódios estarão também disponíveis no MEO KANAL da EQUITAÇÃO TV .

“Cavalo Lusitano – Uma Selecção Ímpar” será lançado em Fevereiro de 2016 e se não quer perder o primeiro episódio, nem nenhuma das novidades, siga a página oficial do programa no Facebook,

Sobre a EQUITAÇÃO TV (Produtora)

12509135_989547824450459_3636503950192312953_nA EQUITAÇÃO é uma marca portuguesa criada em 1995. Nasceu como Revista e cedo se tornou líder no mercado português de publicações equestres. Nas últimas duas décadas o “universo” EQUITAÇÃO tem vindo a crescer. Para além de um website noticioso actualizado diariamente ( e da presença nas redes sociais, em 2010 lançou a EQUITAÇÃO TV, canal produtor de um programa televisivo denominado “Equitação Magazine”.

Com uma duração de 25m, o programa semanal de cariz desportivo, inclui entrevistas e cobertura jornalística de eventos de todas as disciplinas equestres em Portugal e no estrangeiro. O programa “Equitação Magazine” é actualmente transmitido em Portugal, Angola, Moçambique e Cabo Verde (através d’A BOLA TV, REGIÕES TV e ) mas também no Brasil (pelo HORSE BRASIL CHANNEL).

Sobre Bruno Caseirão (Co-Autor e Apresentador)

10500311_10203871641415460_7899408435351940872_nDocente e investigador universitário. Colaborador da Revista Equitação, desde 2006, onde tem vindo a publicar entrevistas às mais destacadas personalidades do mundo do Cavalo Lusitano, da Cultura e Arte Equestre. Nos últimos anos tem organizado, coorganizado e participado em diversos congressos, conferências e palestras em torno do Património Equestre português e do Cavalo Lusitano, entre as quais Que Futuro para o Cavalo Lusitano em Portugal e no Mundo? (APSL, Revista Equitação e PSML), Cavalo Lusitano – Arte e Património Equestres (Centro Nacional de Cultura) e 1.º Congresso Português de Turismo Equestre (ANTE), assim como sobre a disciplina olímpica de Dressage, nomeadamente as três edições do Fórum Internacional de Dressage (Academia Portuguesa de Dressage), Cavaleiros Portugueses de Sucesso na Alta Competição: o que nos Ensina a Experiência? (Revista Equitação e Pet Festival), 1.º e 2.º Fórum de Dressage FEP (FEP). Em 2015 integrou igualmente a equipa técnica do CDI3* de Vilamoura – X Taça Ibérica de Dressage.

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