Working Equitation Injury at IALHA National Championship

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Haras Dos Cavaleiros Explains Horse’s Injury Appeared Far Worse Than it Actually Was

Haras Dos Cavaleiro's horse, Oceano, pictured the day after IALHA's Extravangza Show

On Saturday, October 15th, an incident occurred at the International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association’s (IALHA) National Championship Horse Show involving a horse from one of the show’s sponsors, Haras Dos Cavaleiros (Haras). During the Extravaganza Show, one of the breeder’s horses, Oceano, sustained a small, superficial wound, which caused concern among some showgoers and equestrian fans.

As the Haras rider prepared to show Oceano he switched to show spurs, as the European style and dress calls for, instead of the working equitation spurs he used during practice. As a result, the horse sustained a small, 2mm superficial wound during the show. The wound appeared to look much worse when it came into contact with the animal’s sweat and the rider’s boot, alarming some show attendants. After the incident, Haras publicly excused themselves from the show and promptly inspected the horse.

Haras owners Rafael Chavez and Carmina Zamorano requested a member from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) also inspect the horse. Show officials inspected Oceano and reported he had sustained a superficial wound and was otherwise in good health. A report was filed by the USEF Steward.

“We understand that people are concerned and we completely understand how they feel,” said Haras owner Carmina Zamorano. “We take many precautions and adhere to the highest safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of our trainers and our horses but unfortunately accidents do happen. We want to assure everyone that we do not tolerate abuse of any kind. Oceano was our first horse. We’ve watched him grow over the past 16 years and we consider him a member of our family. We would never do anything to compromise the health of our horses.”

Haras also encourages the public and members of the equestrian community to visit their facilities to inspect firsthand how their Lusitanos are cared for.

About Haras Dos Cavaleiros: Founded in 2000, Haras Dos Cavaleiros is on a mission to globally promote the legendary Lusitano horse breed. Already an experienced breeder, Haras Dos Cavaleiros raises and trains the world’s finest Portuguese Lusitanos in Mexico and Texas. Trainers from around the world work especially with the Lusitanos at the Magnolia, Texas ranch to provide a variety of training disciplines. Haras Dos Cavaleiros takes pride in preserving the original culture of the Lusitano breed to provide riders with beautiful horses with exceptional equestrian capabilities.


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