The Stud

HISTORY

Victorioso VII

Hijo de Maromo y Victoriosa

Centellita

Hija de Centella V y Barrillo

Bravia

Hija de Barquito y Cornetina

Electrica

Hija de Escribano VII y Cornetina

History of the BRH stud

Although we had always had horses at home since I can remember, it was not until 1993 that we started breeding andalusians after my father decided, all of a sudden and without any previous planning, to purchase three mares from a prestigious stud called Herederos de Salvador Guardiola Fantoni. Many years later, this stud became one of the best in the country due to its results in conformation competition. At that time almost nobody was thinking about dressage for the Andalusian horse.

The purchase of these three mares ( Centuriona, Bailona and Hípica II) was followed by other acquisitions from the same brand and same origins (Bravía, Eléctrica and Centellita). After many years of breeding all these mares to also Guardiola stallions that we acquired (Victorioso VII) or bought semen from  (Victorioso VIII), we ended up deciding that only two of those mares were good enough as to build our programme. Centuriona II and Centellita, were the only mares of the whole group we started with, that showed high consistency in their offspring, that were in general very good horses. First thing you need in a stud is some sort of capacity to project the future quality of horses you will have, otherwise, breeding is an impossible task. Curiously these two mares were half sisters, both daughters of one of the most famous horses in the breed recent history called Centella V, conformation champion of Spain and father to many important horses.

Victorioso VII, only produced one mare we decided to keep and we still do. Her name is Ingeniera VI and she is mother to many excellent BRH modern horses many of them trained to high dressage levels. Two other very important mares in the stud, came from our other foundation mare called Centuriona and more exactly, from a daughter of Centuriona that is today still alive although very old, called Bribona IX (by Odre). The mix of Bribona with a Guardiola stallion called Victorioso VIII, produced two key mares for the BRH stud, mothers to, today’s most important broodmares and BRH competition horses. These two mares are still alive and their names are Gramática and Genovesa VIII. They are mothers to famous horses like Ebano, Centeno, Trajano, Valentina, Revoltosa, Diana, Belicosa, etc…

The absolutely key stallion that changed and determined the future of the BRH stud was without any doubt Martelillo IV, again a pure Guardiola stallion. Martelillo had been champion of movements at SICAB when he was young, and had been trained to PSG level. He was a tall 16.4 hands, solid stallion, very spicy character and absolutely great mover. The Guardiola line is characterized by their owners likes as in most cases and the Guardiola family happened to be also bullfighting bulls breeders. The andalusian horses they produced were consequently horses that could work with the bulls in the countryside for long hours. They had to be agile, fast and resistant. Which was a clear advantage for handling bulls, has turned to be also an excellent starting point for dressage. We very very lucky that my father, without any intention or knowledge, decided to buy this line of horses back in 1993.

To summarize the BRH story, almost 90% of all offspring by Martelillo IV have been trained up to PSG and two of them to GP with excellent results in competition. Tracio (by Martelillo and Hipica II) is scoring 70% in competition ridden by his owner Shae Lovazzano. Nubio, also trained to GP, got a sixth position in the final championship of Spain back in 2012 in the PSG/Inter I level. But other Martelillo’s sons or descendants are today competing successfully in the USA (Centeno, Ebano, Abanico, Perseo, etc).

What have we been doing after to refresh our inbreeding with the Guardiola line? we have been mixing our mares only to at least PSG trained stallions, the most important of those has been FEI GP Impaciente II, father to three of our currently most successful competition horses (Kabul, Parsifal and Atreo).

Most of our mares today are daughters by Martelillo and descendants of those two initial mares Centuriona II and Centellita. What we also know today, after many years investing in good riders and in competition, is that almost all the brothers to our mares are trained PSG or GP. This is without doubt an excellent piece of information not too many studs in Spain have. Our current strategy is mixing these mares with also PSG/GP complete stallions (very difficult to find by the way) and keep investing in good riders and trainers. The future for the BRH stud looks absolutely promising, based on the foals we have today and our results in competition, with our horses leading the ranking of best andalusian horses in the countries with solid scores over 70%.

How do the BRH horses look like?

After many years selecting our mares and stallions for sport, our horses today show a more sportive conformation when compared to the standard of the breed as defined in the stud book of the Andalusian/PRE horse. The BRH horses tend to have longer legs, also longer and more flexible top lines, more uphill conformation, with more pronounced withers, longer and lighter necks and in general more open angles in the shoulder and croup. All in all, the BRH andalusian horses, look lighter and more sportive and have a better go than the breed standard but, they keep the wonderful and versatile minds of the breed and the affectionate and generous character.

What is the goal of our breeding program?

Our horse program goal is to produce excellent sport horses with the excellent minds of the Andalusian/PRE horse breed, to meet the most demanding expectations of the dressage amateur and professional clients. We truly believe iberian horses are excellent options for the sport of dressage.

Our breeding methodology

We have been breeding Andalusian/PRE horses since 1993 and our breeding model has always been oriented towards quality and it's the result of our long experience, our mistakes, our non-stop dedication and above all, our passion for what we do.

Differently to what many other studs believe regarding quality as the result of breeding for quantity, in our opinion, quality is the result not of breeding a lot of horses, but the outcome of a deep knowledge of our mares and stallions. At the BRH stud, every broodmare has a strong dressage background with many close relatives having competed successfully in dressage at PSG or GP level. We only use mares that have a very good conformation for dressage, have been tested under saddle and show the typical wonderful character of the Andalusian breed, affectionate and generous.

We only use stallions that have competed at least in PSG level and that are complete horses, with the beauty of the breed and it's great forgiving character.

It has been long years of heavy investment in genetics and excellent riders to come to this point, but now we have plenty of information to take bigger steps towards excellence.

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The BRH team of professionals

Currently 5 people are working at the stud, three of whom are young professional riders. The other two employees take care of all other non training activities, such as mares management and breeding, feeding, growth supervision of all foals and overall premises maintenance.

We also work with some other external teams of professionals, above all vets everyone covering a different vetting area.

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The BRH stud premises

Our premises are thought and designed to breed horses in the best and safest possible conditions. The young horses grow up in big fields where they can run freely. Mares also live in fields until three months before delivery. We do this to control their feeding, so important in the phase of the pregnancy, when the fetus grows 70% of its total growth previous to delivery.

We have 23 big boxes for the horses under training. We also have a walker and two arenas, one indoor where we start all horses under saddle. The outside arena has a professional footing to guarantee horses work in the best possible conditions.

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Feeding our horses

Horse feeding is, without doubt, a key element in any stud and we care a lot about it at the BRH stud. Recent research suggest feeding with concentrates is one of the many different factors determining developmental skeletal diseases (OCD) in young horses. An excess of concentrates increases the chances of colics. For this reason, many years ago and with the help of professional nutritionists, we designed a concentrate high in energy and protein, but where the first comes from oils and highly digestible components. We also add mineral balancers to the mix, so that the huge development of the babies the last three months of pregnancy finds the needs completely covered.

The combination of this concentrated provided always in small amounts and combined with a varied forage diet (Alphalpha, different kind of hays, straw, etc), makes our youngsters grow strong and healthy.

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How do we work our horses

Horses are worked everyday: soft but constant work.

Recent investigation demonstrates that three year old horses brought from the fields to the barn to be started under saddle, suffer a process of bone mass lose, that can translate into weaknesses and lameness. It is for this reason that experts recommend to move the horses every day so that their lives pattern does not change dramatically when compared to when they moved free in the fields.

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