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The Journey to find a Lusitano


aren Bates of Datchet, Berkshire recently realised her long term dream of owning a lusitano horse. “it was at Windsor, in 2005 that i first saw lusitano horses and fell in love with the breed. the eight Portuguese riders and their lusitano horses really caught my eye and i went to watch every single display over the five days in complete awe!” says Karen. From there, she visited the sussex lusitanos stand at royal Windsor and spoke to sherene and leila rahmatallah, where she found out more about the breed. every year, Karen went to Windsor, with her children, 15-year-old larissa and 12-year-old Jamie and would always look out for the lusitanos. Karen learnt to ride when she was seven, in northern ireland where she was born and brought up and when she was 20, she took a break from horses, moved to england and married her husband, Paul. after having her children, Karen got back into horses and was finally able to begin the search for her lusitano horse which began last in December when Karen and larissa went to golegã, Portugal for a riding holiday and ‘taster weekend’, to find out more about the breed. “We had the most amazing time, riding stallions that were so well behaved! i came home and waited for a couple of months and then arranged a trip with sherene to find my lusitano. in april, larissa and i enjoyed an amazing whirlwind tour of Portugal and had a real insight into the breed. after trying a selection of lusitanos, we narrowed it down to two, a bay and a grey but shortly realized that the bay, a six-year-old, 15.2hh gelding called Zingaro would be the one for me. We watched him being ridden by ricardo Wallenstein, the Portuguese rider that backed him and trained him and saw what a special horse he is, deciding to take him back to the uK”, says Karen. Zingaro arrived in the uK a couple of weeks before the royal Windsor Horse show in May and was entered in the lusitano Parade class. “ricardo flew over from Portugal to ride him - it was such an amazing experience and we were so proud to have our horse there”, says Karen. Zingaro went home after competing in the class at royal Windsor. “He has settled in well - i feel as if i have had him forever but we are still getting to know each other. He is very good with me and larissa and i have realised that for him to

Right: Ricardo riding Zingaro at Royal Windsor Below: Karen and Zingaro pictured at home

respect us, we have to respect him and the way he has been handled”, says Karen, who is looking forward to exciting times ahead with her lusitano.

Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Delegate join Elite programme


lice oppenheimer and her home-bred Headmore Delegate have just been selected to join an elite programme backed by team gBr, designed to help promising horses to compete and challenge for medals at future olympic games and World equestrian Championships. alice, who is based at the family’s stud in Four Marks, Hampshire, is already a successful ‘young rider’ and has recorded excellent results at national level. the ‘equine Pathway’ was set up in 2006 to work with riders to help maximise their horse’s potential; development is monitored against a pre-determined, but flexible pathway. the chosen horse must have the ability to become ‘World Class’. the programme varies from training sessions to competition planning, from veterinary advice to sports science. seven-year-old ‘Headmore Delegate’ is by the grand Prix sire Dimaggio, and in 2008 and 2009 was awarded the best British-bred five-year-old and six-year-old respectively by the British equestrian Federation. alice, 20, commented: “it is every rider’s dream to be able to compete at an olympics or World games. Delegate will be reaching his dressage prime for the rio olympics in 2016 and that is a major target for me. Meanwhile, the support of the ‘equine Pathway’ and other potential sponsors will be invaluable to us both. it’s an honour to be chosen,” she adds. Left: Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Delegate

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