The Portuguese Equestrian Society (Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa with the acronym SHP) has recently celebrated its 100th birthday. We hereby extend our most sincere congratulations. Come to think about it, with such a long history of horses and such a long independence, the Portuguese Equestrian Society could have been still much older.
The National Horse Fair (Feira Nacional do Cavalo) has been happening at Golegã for 34 years now. Since eleven years ago it is also the International Lusitano Horse Fair (Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano). Golegã council, with a little more than 5,500 inhabitants, has a long tradition in horse breeding. With a privileged location near the Tagus River and the ancient Royal Road, Golegã fields are very fertile. Therefore the agriculture has always been very productive and horse breeding has been an activity associated with it.
If you love horses, then your life will not be complete without a visit to the beautiful country of Portugal. The history of equestrian culture in Portugal goes way back to ancient times. The famous Lusitano horse breed hails from this country, a product of hundreds of years of evolution. Horses, in many civilizations have played a pivotal role in enabling man to travel, hunt and of course, to wage war. This unique role in our society meant that along side us, horses too have evolved. Though we humans are now more capable of taking care of horses, and we no longer bring them to dangerous activities, they are still some of the finest beasts that roam our planet.
The importance from the most prestigious Portuguese horse breed, the Lusitano horse, in Brazil is long known and internationally recognized. Now the Brazilian Association of Lusitano Horse breeders (ABPSL) has chosen the city of Águas de Lindóia, in the Brazilian São Paulo state, to organize the I Lusitano Horse Festival from Aguas de Lindóia. This Lusitano Festival will occur between the 4th and 7th of September. This equestrian event will be organized in a similar format from the Lusitano horse fair organized every year in Golegã, Portugal.
Today the 3rd edition from Ponte de Lima Horse Fair will start. This Portuguese equestrian event will be held at Ponte de Lima, a town located in the North of Portugal in the Minho region. There will be many equitation activities organized between the 25th and the 28th of June. This Horse Fair will start with the XII European Working Equitation Championships. Portugal will be present with a very strong working equitation team which includes the famous working equitation rider Pedro Torres.