The Andalusian’s elegance
appeals to all types of
During the dres- sage freestyle at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Eques- trian Games in Lexington, Ky., Fuego XII (now
known as Fuego de Cárdenas) got the
crowd on its feet. He earned admiration
for the Pura Raza Española (PRE), or
“Pure Spanish Horse,” as a consummate
dressage mount, receiving a standing
ovation with Spanish rider Juan Manuel
Muñoz Diaz. Fuego is a veteran of multiple Olympic games as well.
Additionally, Spain won the team silver medal in dressage at the 2004 Olympics
in Athens with three of the four horses being PREs.
What’s in a Name?
Pura Raza Española is the official breed title that was adopted by the Spanish
studbook in 1966. In Spain, a nickname for the breed is Andalusian, since the
breed was formalized in the province of Andalusia.
In the U.S., the breed name Andalusian refers to a registry operated by the Inter-
national Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association, which includes the PRE, the
Lusitano (the national breed in Portugal that is closely related to the PRE), and the
cross between them. All are considered purebred Andalusians in this registry.
In the PRE Mundial (USA studbook registry) and the LG ANCCE (Spanish
Studbook Registry), the name Andalusian refers only to the PRE.
The PRE horse
a sensation in
dressage at the
Games in 2010.
BY KIM KLIMEK