Registering and Approving a Lusitano

A purebred Lusitano is only classed as a Lusitano if it is registered with APSL. Also, both the parents have to be approved for breeding, which for this, have to be registered with the APSL in the adult studbook. No crossbreds will be accepted.

A Lusitano will only be accepted in the APSL registry, if it is a Purebred Lusitano and both parents are registered Lusitanos and approved for breeding in the Adult Studbook. A foal born, from un-approved and unregistered parents, will not be accepted. If the parents are registered, but not yet approved after the foal is born, they have a certain amount of time to approve the parents, if they fail their approval, the foal will not be classed as a purebred.

Blood and DNA

To register Lusitanos, the parents of the horse have to be blood tested and/or have DNA taken, this is done at an approval or when the horse is registered, so all offspring have proof of their parents.

To approve a Lusitano for Breeding

it has to be approved by the APSL. Stallions, have to be shown at a grading show, which are organised by the APSL, and mares can be presented at home, in-front of an APSL committee. Stallions are ridden and shown in-hand and mares are just shown in-hand or sometimes loose. If the horse is approved, it will automatically be accepted and can be registered into the Adult Studbook. Stallions will also need to provide a semen sample to prove they are fertile, or have DNA results from an offspring.

APSL – Portuguese Breed Association

History of the Lusitano


In the grading, each horse will receive points, each point is equal to a score of 1-10, with some points being slightly more (see chart below). The maximum score is 100, a horse will only be approved if its scores do not include: three scores of 6, 2 scores of five, or one score of less than 5.

Parts of the Horse Points
Head and Neck 1.0
Shoulder and Withers 1.0
Chest and Ribcage 1.0
Legs 1.5
Croup 1.0
Back and Loins 1.5
Movement 1.5
Whole Form 1.5