History about Andalusians & Aztecas
The Andalusian horse is the epitome of elegance and versatility
THE ANDALUSIAN HORSE
Andalusian horses are elegant and strongly built. Members of the breed have heads of medium length, with a straight or slightly convex profile.Ultra convex and concave profiles are discouraged in the breed, and are penalized in breed shows. Necks are long and broad, running to well-defined withers and a massive chest. They have a short back and broad, strong hindquarters with a well-rounded croup. The breed tends to have clean legs, with no propensity for blemishes or injuries, and energetic gaits. The mane and tail are thick and long, but the legs do not have excess feathering. Andalusians tend to be docile, while remaining intelligent and sensitive. When treated with respect they are quick to learn, responsive, and cooperative.The Andalusian horse has been known historically as the Iberian Saddle Horse, Iberian War Horse, Spanish Horse.
The Andalusian breed has over the centuries been consistently selected for athleticism. In the 17th century, referring to multi-kilometer races, Cavendish said, "They were so much faster than all other horses known at that time that none was ever seen to come close to them, even in the many remarkable races that were run
Historically, however, they were also used as stock horses, especially suited to working with Iberian bulls, known for their aggressive temperaments.
The Azteca is a horse breed from Mexico, with a subtype, called the "American Azteca", found in the United States. They are well-muscled horses that may be of any solid color, and the American Azteca may also have pinto coloration. Aztecas are known to compete in many western riding and some English riding disciplines. The Mexican registry for the original Azteca and the United States registries for the American Azteca have registration rules that vary in several key aspects, including ancestral bloodlines and requirements for physical inspections. The Azteca was first developed in Mexico in 1972, from a blend of Andalusian, American Quarter Horse and Mexican Criollo bloodlines. From there, they spread to the United States, where American Paint Horse blood was added.
So, whether you like English or Western, you need a graceful dancer or cow horse, you enjoy jumping, dressage, driving, cutting, penning, reining or just desire a wonderful companion for trail riding, take a look at the American Azteca. They can do it all and do it well. We hope you will take time to learn more about this athletic breed that will win your heart as well. We hope you will choose to own and love an American Azteca horse. They have an exciting and promising future ahead, and they truly are . . . "The Horse of your Dreams".
Only the Best
The National Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders’ Association, (Asociación Nacional de Criadores de Caballos de Pura Raza Española) and commonly known as ANCCE, is the mother association for the Purebred Spanish Horse throughout the world. Likewise, ANCCE has been officially recognized by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture to handle the PRE Stud Book and thus, guarantee the purity of this century-old breed.
Ever since ANCCE was founded, in 1972, the role that it plays when defending the Purebred Spanish Horse has been essential. It has been a national organization from the very beginning and is located in the city of Sevilla. Today, its membership numbers more than 1000 breeders, who are from all over the world. In addition to these, members include 41 Associations from such countries as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Holland, Czech Republic, Sweden, among many others.
In 1991, to promote and defend the breed, an international trade fair was created in which the Purebred Spanish Horse was the epicenter. This idea arose during the African Horse Sickness crisis and has gone on to become the International Horse Fair. SICAB, with 25 years of experience, has become the reference event for the PRE horse at both national and international level. This year, the latest innovation is the incorporation of the World PRE Championship into the equestrian sports program.
ANCCE is the main organizer of the Tribunals for Qualified Breeding Stock and the Young Horse Selection Test for Dressage, all within the scope of the PRE Breeding Program. Likewise, ANCCE represents the PRE before COPA-COGECA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations in the EU) and the WBFSH (World Breeders Federation of Sports Horses). It also designs annual promotional plans for ICEX (Spain’s Institute for Foreign Trade) and EXTENDA (Andalusian Agency for External Promotion).
International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association
Preserving and Promoting Andalusian, Lusitano, and Half Andalusians
The International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association is an association of breeders, owners and aficionados of the ancient and magnificent Andalusian Horse. We hold true to the long and glorious history of this breed and acknowledge the original Andalusian bloodlines, which include horses from both Spain and Portugal.
We maintain a registry for Purebred Andalusians and Half-Andalusians, publish a magazine about them, provide shows for them and generally promote their unique qualities to the world. We are also the official representative of the Lusitano Horse in the USA and Canada.
The International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association maintains the oldest and largest registry of Andalusian horses in the world. Purebred Andalusians whose lineage can be traced directly to the studbooks of Spain and Portugal are registered. Any horse with one Purebred Andalusian parent may be registered as a Half Andalusian.
IALHA is also the official representative of the Portuguese APSL registry of Lusitano horses in the United States.
We provide DNA verified registry services for Purebred Andalusians and Half Andalusians. Registry transactions for the APSL registry of Lusitano Horses are also provided for members in the United States and Canada.
We sanction Andalusian/Lusitano classes at USEF horse shows, culminating each year in the IALHA National Championships.
Each year, we offer clinics and seminars throughout the United States. Our official magazine, “The Iberian Horse”, is published twice yearly. In addition we publish our annual stallion and membership directory.
Full membership is restricted to those owning a Purebred or Half Andalusian Andalusian registered with IALHA, or who have a pending purebred registration. Associate and Youth memberships are available to all with an interest and love for Andalusians and Lusitanos.
Iberian Warmblood Registry
The Iberian Warmblood is known for its beauty, grace, and willing work ethic and must carry a minimum of 25% Andalusian and/or Lusitano bloodlines.
The ancestors of the Iberian horse (a title given to a number of horse breeds native to the Iberian peninsula of Spain and Portugal) date back about 25,000 years and are depicted in early cave paintings found in the area ‒ making it one of the oldest horse breeds. The Andalusian and Lusitano are among the breeds which descended from the Iberian horse, which in turn became influential to the Lippizaner, Hackney, Friesian, Thoroughbred, Connemara, and Percheron, among others.
Over the centuries, Iberian horses were used for everything from racing, riding, driving and farm work to bull fighting and eventually classical dressage. When modern breeders of dressage and show jumping horses were looking for a horse with soundness, sensitivity, the extreme collection required for upper-level dressage and the athleticism for jumping, they added Iberian blood to other sport horse breeds. The result was the Iberian Warmblood (or Iberian Sport Horse), which carries a minimum of 25% Andalusian and/or Lusitano bloodlines from one or both parents. To promote this breed, the Iberian Warmblood registry was formed in 1998.
The Iberian Warmblood is known for its beauty, grace, and willing work ethic. It should have a long, arching neck flexing nicely at the poll, long, sloping shoulder, well-muscled forearms and legs with short cannon bones and good bone density. Joints should flex actively and easily to create a natural elasticity and generous stride length.
Iberian Warmbloods should have a tractable demeanor and are extremely intelligent – but also very curious, which can get them into trouble such as learning to unlatch gates! Average height ranges from 15-16.2 hands, and any coat colour is acceptable.
The Iberian Warmblood can be used for light ranch work, and they make good companions for leisure and trail riding. Depending on the cross, offspring can be developed for eventing, dressage, and show jumping, as well as hunter classes.
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Iberian Warmblood Registry International
The purpose of the USPRE Association shall be to:
Celebrate and promote the versatility of the Pure Spanish Horse (P.R.E.);
Foster the growth of the P.R.E. community in the United States;
Advance among its members and to the public a better understanding of P.R.E. horsemanship with emphasis on Dressage;
Recognize and honor the achievements of our P.R.E. Exhibitors and Riders;
Advocate good sportsmanship among USPRE members, friends and other organizations;
Sponsor competitions and other activities for the purpose of furthering the art of P.R.E dressage and other educational activities at the local, state and national levels;
Organize public P.R.E. exhibitions, seminars and clinics;
Maintain cordial relations with the Spanish P.R.E Stud Book as managed by its regulating authority in Spain;
Uphold and adhere to the regulations of the Spanish P.R.E. Stud Book;
Provide guidance, assistance and support to all member Breeders with Spanish P.R.E. Stud Book matters.
The United States PRE association (USPRE) is legally constituted as a not-for-profit organization whose objective is to support or engage in activities of public interest. Governed by a Board of Directors not compensated for its services, USPRE benefits from the guidance of its board members and officers who represent the equestrian and professional communities.
This breed inherits beauty, temperament, pride, agility and spirit from their Andalusian blood and strength, heart and speed from their Quarter Horse blood. The breed requires there be no more than 3/4 Andalusian or Quater Horse Blood in the first generations. The American Azteca should be a blood balance between the breeds with qualities of both. The intention is to create a new type that exhibits the best of both breeds.
The American Azteca horse responds brilliantly to the different equine high school disciplines requiring buckskinsuspended and elevated gaits. The qualities passed on from both parent breeds makes them also, a skillful working cow horse or western horse. They can and do excel at many events and in all disciplines. They are unrivaled when it comes to versatility.