Photographing Free-Spirited Lusitanos - a daring Photo-Adventure

The Lusitano breed is undoubtedly a treasure of Portugal. The passion for this breed - whose magnificent horses have not only the willingness to connect with the rider, but also with the photographers’ cameras - is the driven force behind Lusitano World’s work and Portugal’s rich equestrian culture.


Rita Fernandes has travelled Portugal getting acquainted with many renowned studs and horses. Her path led her inevitably to the sinuous hills and granitic outcrops of the Alentejo, wild and unforgiving in the summer to most vegetation except the cork trees that become the landmarks of the countryside. This landscape reflects much of the spirit of the Lusitano horse – resilient and brave – and served as the background for another international photo-workshop fittingly entitled “Free-Spirited Lusitanos”. 

«This was an amazing experience! To hunt for that special photo in the company of fellow photographers, with whom I once again shared the beauty and uniqueness of the Portuguese equestrian world, full of incredible horses and tradition. I am extremely proud to be part of the world of the Lusitano horse and, fittingly, to Lusitano World’s Team - a great company who works to promote the breed worldwide!»

This equine photo-workshop took place between 12th and 17th of September 2017. The attending Photographers were given privileged access to renowned stud farms and landmarks. The visits to Alter Real Stud gave the photographers a sight into some of the oldest lines of Lusitanos and to the rare Sorraia breed, of which there are only two hundred exemplars worldwide. To watch the fluid movement of the herd and walk amongst mares and foals of Alter was a truly unique experience.


Traveling to the shores of the river Caia, participants visited the charismatic Pedro Sousa Vieira Stud, registering the swift movements of its horses at liberty in the small fortress that is the center of this stud. To walk the now dry riverbed of the Caia to photograph the mares at sunset while they cross the diminished waterlines is a rare and unique experience, only possible due to the exceptional behavior of the climate in the last four years.


A short one-hour drive away is typical Vila-Viçosa, home to its namesake stud farm with its nearly glacial white outdoor arena where the stallions are allowed to play, and warm tones of red and yellow of the surrounding building’s architecture perfect for standing shots. And already on the way to Lisbon, the group made a stop at Évora for a photoshoot with Paulo Ponte Stud, with its playful stallions that posed as true gentlemen by the city’s monuments.  



Join us for our next photo-adventure in 2018

Organizing successful photo-workshops since 2015, Lusitano World Team will continue to promote similar initiatives in 2018. The results of Alentejo’s workshop can be seen bellow and on Lusitano World’s and Rita’s Facebook Pages. Be part of this Lusitano experience! Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the new Lusitano World Events and join us next time!