Equus Lodge Stud
P.R.E. Information
The history of the Spanish Horse can be traced as far back as the Roman times. It was used as a war horse in cavalries (the origin of movements such as levade, capriole or courbette).
Cherished by the Gentry and European Monarchies, the Spanish Horse also made their way to the New World and contributed to American breeds of today. Other breeds such as Paso-Fino, Lusitano, Lipizzaner and Warm-bloods owe their ancestry to the Spanish Horse.
King Phillip II of Spain founded the Royal Stables at Corboda in 1567 where the original studbook was created.
Today the studbook is administered by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the Asociación Nacional de Criadores de Pura Raza Española (ANCCE). This is the sole recognized international registration studbook and has been a closed studbook since 2001.
Animals with both parents registered as breeding stock are eligible to be registered. Only registered P.R.E. horses hold a Spanish passport. This guarantees purity of the breed.
Registration of birth and inscription identifies the foal in detail, verifies parenthood by DNA testing and notes any branding. Micro-chips are inserted in the neck and a passport issued from ANCCE.
Registered (Inscribed) horses may, at 3 years old, be put forward for Revision.This process inspects for breed characteristics such as:
  • Average sized head with a rectangular, fine, with a straight or slightly concave profile; mobile ears of a medium size, well placed and parallel; a forehead wide, flat or slightly convex, big bright triangular eyes with an expressive look.
  • Average length and size, lightly arched and muscular (less so, in mares). Well inserted at the head and body. Abundant and silky mane. Trunk should be proportionate and robust. The withers unobtrusively wide and obvious. Wide, short loin, muscular and somewhat rounded, well joined to the back and to the croup.
  • Flexible, fairly short and sufficiently wide in proportion to the rest of the animal's body, and it should be slightly concave.
  • Average length and width, rounded and lightly sloping. Tail should be low-set and placed between the two buttocks; it should consist of abundant, long and often wavy hair.
  • Formed by the six lumbar vertebrae, and the muscular mass that covers them, between the back - and the croup. The lumbar region of the PRE is short, rather wide and very sensitive to the touch.
  • A long muscular, sloping and elastic shoulder. Strong humerus with a good inclination. Potent forearm, of average length. Well developed and lean knee.
  • Well muscled thigh, lightly rounded and muscular buttock and long leg. Strong, wide and clean hock.
  • Agile, high, extensive, harmonic and rhythmic. With a particular predisposition for collection and turns on haunches.
  • The PRE is a well balanced and resistant horse. Longsuffering and energetic, noble and docile, which adapts itself with ease to diverse uses and situations. It is very responsive to the rider's aids and has a good mouth, and therefore is obedient, with an easy understanding between it and the rider and is extraordinarily comfortable.
Minimum height measurement criteria must also be met (1.52 metres for Stallions and 1.5 metres for Mares).
Successful acceptance into the main registry will be annotated with the word “APTO” in the passport. Unsuccessful applications are annotated “Non-APTO”.
All horses are registered P.R.E. and with Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia (AHAA)

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