Nara´s tell us how you got involved in Lusitano Horses.
My parent’s house was near a Picadeiro, and I was always there because I enjoyed being around horses. I started show jumping in a very amateur level.
My contact with horses was very homeopathic but constant. In University I studied general veterinary I had the opportunity to train for one year abroad and there I fell in love with the reproduction in horses. I decided that I would do that for a living. After several internships and work placements.
I finished my masters in 2011 and my thesis was about embryo transfer. My main work in horses is related to reproduction: artificial insemination, collection and process of semen, neonatal care, embryo transfer etc, and the general clinical work as well.
So here we are today, I have the joy of being around horses almost every hour of my day.
You have established your own breeding programme. What are your goals in terms of type of Lusitanos you want to produce and with what focus and what bloodlines
I’m lucky enough to deal with many stallions and their descendants. In my breeding program I try to use stallions that I know will produce nice foals regarding character and functionality. I prefer the typical Lusitano with a nice temperament and versatility. My goal is to have a high-quality product, adaptable to the various disciplines, with good gaits and a typical morphology: keep the basis of the true Lusitano with a touch of modernity to reach higher levels that the actual market seeks for.
Our 4 mares are from either Navalheiro FC or Onda Braga lines. I am very careful to choose the right stallion for each mare. I have used Rubi Ar, Jasmim plus and Lord plus, Fogoso TVF, Don Juan de Cabecao, Vigario Menezes and this year I choosen Lotus da hermida and Miura do cais. I am very happy and excited with our foals.
The stud brand is Coudelaria Quinta do Palhão so all the foals have the sufix “do Palhão” For example Ribamar do Palhão.