Jan 31, 2022
Text: Lusitano World · Photos: LW & RPG



True to tradition, the Portuguese Association for the Lusitano Breed (APSL) annually holds a stallion approval in January to inspect and approve the Lusitano stallions for the upcoming breeding season. The ones who traveled to observe this event at Golegã could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air! An outstanding total of 40 horses were proposed to the approval committee - a clear proof of the interest and investment in the Lusitano horse! Having in mind the high number of candidates, APSL divided the event in two days: during 29th and 30th of January.

28 out of the 40 candidates presented were approved as the most recent reproducers for the closed studbook of the Lusitano! The judges panel is getting each day more exigent – a clear sign of the progression of the breed toward quality!

Highlight for the incredible Nuelo das Lezirias – owned by Campline Horses and beautifully presented by Joao Victor Oliva, this Escorial offspring mesmerized the audience and took home the highest score - 76,25 points! The second-best score was attributed to Oporto d'Atela, bred by Francisco Bessa de Carvalho, property of Campline Horses and also piloted by João Oliva. Lume, bred by Sociedade Agro-Pecuária da Ameijoafa, was also in the center of attentions, approved with 74,75 points under the saddle of Joaquim Brito Paes. 

Curious to know the names of all the most recent stallions registered this weekend?
Have a look at their VIDEOS and check all the results: DAY ONEDAY TWO


New to the ‘game’ and curious to get all the insights on how male Lusitanos are registered into the Adult Studbook by APSL? We’re here to guide you through it!

Horses must complain with the following main requisites: 

  • A purebred Lusitano is only classed as a Lusitano if it is registered with APSL – therefore any proponent must be registered on the Births’ Studbook.
  • The horses must have a minimum age of four years-old.
  • Prior to inspection, the horses are required to present a spermogram in order to validate the functional and morphological integrity of their genital organs.
  • Cryptorchid (unilateral or bilateral) animals will not be accepted to the Studbook.


In order to be approved, all animals must undergo morpho-functional tests in which they shall be inspected and awarded points.  The candidates are reviewed ridden and shown in-hand without saddle for morphological evaluation.

Movement Evaluation

In the first phase of the presentation, horses will be seen under saddle. They are not judged on their level of training, but on their natural paces. The panel of judges will evaluate each horse in walk, trot and canter on both reins.

Morphology Assessment

After the ridden presentation, the horse will undergo a morphological assessment. Each animal is graded against the standard characteristics of the Lusitano horse, accordingly to the table on the right. Each region is assessed, with 10 being the highest mark. Any mark less than 5 or two marks of 6 will prevent the horse from being approved for breeding and registered in the adult Stud Book.


The points awarded to some parts of the horse are subject to a co-efficient. For example, if the chest is awarded 6 points, it will gain 6 points, but if the back is awarded 6 points it will gain 6 points multiplied by a co-efficient of 1.5 giving the back a total of 9 points.



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