The Pure Spanish Horse
The Purebred Spanish Horse, or Pura Raza Española in Spanish, is considered to be one of Spains National treasures. The ancestors of todays horses have existed in the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years, and cave paintings in Spain dated back to about 5000 BC show horses with features similar to the P.R.E. we know today. Cartujanos ...?
However the breed itself is believed to have arised during the 16th century under Spanish King Felipe II. The saying is that King Felipe II wanted to create, or rather recreate, the perfect horse according to the baroque ideals of that time, and similar to those horses that could be seen in paintings and sculptures from ancient times. To achieve this, King Felipe II ordered to carefully select and breed the best of those horses that were close to these ideals. The result many years later was a strongly built, yet elegant, beautiful horse with a somewhat convex nose profile, an arched neck, short back, round croup and with elevated movements and a docile, noble temperament – features that are standards of the breed today.
According to the breed standards published by ANCCE P.R.E. horses have average volume, intermediate lines with a sub-convex to straight profile, with proportionate conformation, remarkable general harmony and great beauty, with significant sexual dimorphism. Their paces are brilliant, energetic, rhythmic and elastic with substantial elevation and extension and pronounced facility for collection. Their energetic temperament, noble, docile and well-balanced personality combines with their great capacity for learning.
These features have made the P.R.E. one of the most sought for and highly appreciated horse breeds today, even outside of Spain. Although many people are overwhelmed by the beauty of these horses they are primary bred for functionality, In old times they were used as war horses, which they were suited very well for beacuse of their braveness and ... Now days they still are used by ... police, doma vaquera, sports...
Among those P.R.E. that have competed in International Grand Prix dressage are Grandioso, Fuego de Cardenas, Norte Lovera, Invasor and
also by their extraordinary temperament and ability to learn. The list of movies that feature P.R.E. horses is very long.