Sucandi® - and the history of the lusitano in Brazil.

 

The history of lusitano in Brazil began right after the first Portuguese got in this land bringing the very first half-breed lusitanos during its colonization back in 1541. But then only in 1808, with the arrival of the Portuguese prince D. João VI and the real Family, some pure-bred lusitanos from the Real Coudelaria Alter were brought to Brazil.

 

With the Independence of Brazil from Portugal the lusitanos were extinct. In 1953 Germano Domingos and his son Orlando Facada brought 2 lusitanos stallions to Brazil and tried to establish the bullfighting in Brazil. Without success, they sold the horses and returned to Portugal. In the 60's there was a new attempt, but again without success.

 

Only in 1971 the entrepreneur Antonio de Toledo Mendes Pereira from Portugal, living in Brazil, went to his home country looking for stallions for his already existing Arabian breeding, when he saw for the first a lusitano horse - the famous Broquel. He was so impressed by this horse that he used all his contacts all the way up to the former president of Portugal, Américo Thomaz, to make sure that he could take this stallion to Brazil.

 

While doing so he was not afraid of risking a diplomatic hick-up with Austria, because Broquel was promised to the Spanish riding school of Vienna, where he should serve, in full glory among the Austrian vassals at the Lipiza Stud farm.

 

In 1972 Broquel together with four pure-breed mares arrived in Brazil and formed the base of the Brazilian Lusitano. From that day on, Brazil started to pursue the sport lusitano, instead of concentrating it's breeding in the bull fighting horse as Portugal still does. The results of that choice are clear. We have seen more and more Brazilian Lusitanos competing at FEI levels and even at Olympic level.

 

Sucandi is deeply involved in this evolution and is proud to have picked some of these brilliant horses that are now showing at different FEI grounds in Brazil and abroad.