PURE TALENT - PURE ELEGANCE - PURE SPANISH
Welcome to Andaurora Ranch. We are delighted to share our beautiful Pura Raza Española horses with you. Each year we produce beautiful offspring of this magnificent line of horses. They are within breed standards and eligible for Inscription and Revision with the Studbook (Libro Geneologico P.R.E.) of Spain (LGPREANCCE). A limited number of the offspring of our mares and stallions will be offered for purchase, most are spoken for.
Our facilities are located in the Central Valley of California. We have acquired acreage that allows us to grow our own hay with specific nutritional values. We have built an equestrian facility with the best interest of our horses in mind. We are in constant consultation with experts in equine breeding, showing and overall well-being.
Our breeding program is focused on maintaining the breed standard (phenotype) of the P.R.E. Horse in the USA.
This direction is not just based on conformation, while this is very important, we also value the movement and the great mind that assures our P.R.E. horse a place in the competitive world of dressage, a most demanding sport.
Andaurora stallions, mares and babies are all participating in the world-renowned valoration process conducted by LGANCCE, the current administrators of the Spanish stud book (Libro Genealogico P.R.E.). All of our horses hold (or are in the process of) a Carta sanctioned by LGANCCE.
Our breeding program is based on a bay mare herd with strong Military and Escalera lines. With our established, Bay Stallion Gavilan IV(Imported from Spain and Bred by Pedro Maza) and the recent acquisition of the Bayo (Buckskin) Stallion Tuno PM (Imported from Spain and Bred by Paco Marti) we expect beauty, movement and color for our future.
Our Mares/yeguas and Stallions/sementales have competed and triumphed in the show ring.
Raul Bucio, the proprietor, discovered the P.R.E. horse during a visit with friends to a prominent Northern California breeder. During that visit he developed a passion that today is fueled by a spectacular group of mares, foals and stallions of the P.R.E. race. His direction is focused on producing an example of the breed that meets and exceeds the breed standards.
The mare herd of Andaurora is deeply influenced by the CA (Camass Andaluz) Hierro (Brand).
“We are profoundly honored that Sr. Bucio had such faith in our breeding program and particularly the offspring of Gavilan IV. ”
ABOUT THE PURE SPANISH HORSE/Pura Raza Española
Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries. Throughout its history, it has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government, and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses. During the 19th century, warfare, disease and crossbreeding reduced herd numbers dramatically, and despite some recovery in the late 19th century, the trend continued into the early 20th century. Exports of Andalusians from Spain were restricted until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread throughout the world, despite their low population. In 2010, there were more than 185,000 registered Andalusians worldwide.
Strongly built, and compact yet elegant, Andalusians have long, thick manes and tails. Their most common coat colour is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. They are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility. A sub-strain within the breed known as the Carthusian, is considered by breeders to be the purest strain of Andalusian, though there is no genetic evidence for this claim. The strain is still considered separate from the main breed however, and is preferred by breeders because buyers pay more for horses of Carthusian bloodlines.
The PRE is closely related to the Lusitano of Portugal, and has been used to develop many other breeds, especially in Europe and the Americas. Breeds with Andalusian ancestry include many of the warmbloods in Europe as well as western hemisphere breeds such as the Azteca. Over its centuries of development, the Andalusian breed has been selected for athleticism and stamina. The horses were originally used for classical dressage, driving, bullfighting, and as stock horses. Modern Andalusians are used for many equestrian activities, including dressage, show jumping and driving. The breed is also used extensively in movies, especially historical pictures and fantasy epics
There are several competing registries keeping records of horses designated as Andalusian or PRE, but they differ on their definition of the Andalusian and PRE, the purity of various strains of the breed, and the legalities of stud book ownership. Andaurora Ranch supports the studbook of the mother country, Spain