Andalusian Horses: These Carthusian Horses are Europe’s oldest breeds | Pura Raza Española
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Andalusian Horses: These Carthusian Horses are Europe’s oldest breeds | Pura Raza Española

August 24, 2019


Carthusian horses – they’re one of Europe’s
oldest and smartest breeds. They originated in the southern Spanish region
of Andalusia, and they’re said to be a ‘Pura Raza Española’, or ‘pure Spanish breed. The largest herd of Carthusians lives on the
Yeguada de la Cartuja stud farm – 280 head. They spend most of their time out on the pasture. Six-year-old Revoltoso is one of the farm’s
most promising stallions. Even as the broodmares stream past, he keeps
his dignity and composure like a true lead horse. Revoltoso is the favorite of head trainer
Simon López Candela. “Our horses are our friends. They want your friendship, and they invite
you into their world.” “I’m really fascinated by his look. It just totally pulls you in. His look invites you to enter his world. That not only happens with professionals.” “He’s very versatile; you could compete
in any type of discipline with him. He’s unusually even-tempered, and his build
is well-balanced. But
the most important thing is his noblesse: He’s a horse that will always give you his
all, and then a little more.” The stud farm trains the horses daily. Their elegance and grace always make an impression. “The Carthusian horse is very obliging. He wants to please you, and as the rider,
I have to be very considerate of him, because the horse always wants to be pushed.” “Did you hear that he enjoyed our conversation? He’s the one you should interview – he’s the
real protagonist.” “Look: he’s spectacular.” The history of this breed started in this
monastery near Jerez in Andalusia. More than 500 years ago, Carthusian monks
bred the first horses that would eventually bear the name of their order. The monks relied on their own intuition and
powers of observation – there was no science of breeding at the time. The result is horses as robust as they are
noble. They worked the fields at first and eventually
carried kings, as Patricia Sibajas tells it . “It was very trendy back in the 17th/18th
century. It is like nowadays having a car with a specific
mark, it was the same. If you had a horse with the brand of La Campana,
which was the name of the brand used by the monks, it was a sign of luxury. So, lots of nobility at the time, in the area
specifically bought this type of horses. That was very common for them. It was a matter of economy.” Patricia Sibajas has been working on the farm
for more than twenty years. Now, she’s head of marketing. She can’t ride, but she’s still devoted to
the horses body and soul. “They are the most even-tempered animals I
have ever met. We are right now in the middle of a herd with
over 20 mares with these little babies, and they are not even bothered. They socialize very well, they behave very
well and they are very sensitive, that`s for sure. They act different according to the time,
according to the year, they even notice if people are afraid of them or not. It’s just amazing to observe them.” A prime task of the Yeguada de la Cartuja
farm is to preserve the purity of the bloodlines. Breeding is the principal means. Buyers for the thoroughbreds come from all
over the world. The farm’s trainers instill the various disciplines
demanded in riding competitions. Both horse and rider have to cut their best
figure. “You need a balance. One time, the horse has to get his way, the
next time, I do. But we can only work together, or it won’t
work at all.” Once a week, the farm holds a horse show for
visitors. atmo Carthusian horses are known for their fine
sense of rhythm. The trainers share the arena with their charges
in the carriage event. As a finale, the stud farm’s next generation
trots out for a turn around the ring. They are the living pride of Andalusia, one
of the cradles of equestrianism. Every year in May, the city of Jerez proves
its love for its four-legged sons and daughters with a festive extravaganza in honor of the
Spanish horse. “My horse means everything to me. He’s my whole life. It’s part of our heritage. For example, you can only raise bulls with
the help of these horses. We need them for our work, and we have fun
with them. My horse is my friend.” Borne by pride, beauty and good cheer, the
horses and riders parade through the festival grounds for the admiring crowds. The Feria del Caballo in Jerez is a celebration
bursting with spectacle and joy. The participants dress to the nines in honor
of the famed Andalusian horse in its home region.

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  1. ROFL. These are **NOT** pure blooded ancient bloodline Carthusian Andalusians. Anyone who knows the breed can tell instantly as ***true** Carthusian Andalusians have *concave* faces, like Arabians, and are **ONLY** grey.

    What you are showing here are the modernday Andalusians – the run of mill average Andalusian, a mongrel in comparison to Carthusians as it is influenced by other breeds – with some potential Carthusian Andalusian influence.

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