Horse Riding - The Stud

Mother and foal happily grazing in Andalucia. © Michelle Chaplow
Mother and foal happily grazing in Andalucia.

Encouraging the stud

The Spanish Government in Madrid takes the preservation of its equine heritage seriously. Andalucia, with its wide open spaces, is literally the ideal breeding ground. And, of course, it's where most proud horse owners are to be found.

So Madrid has set up its own military stud - la parada de sementales - on the edge of Jerez de la Frontera. It was originally Franco's idea that every Spring, these prize stallions should be conveyed to the four Andalucian provinces of Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga and Seville, in order to allow Spanish horse owners to service their mares in the cause of improving the quality of their bloodstock. It has been highly successful The 'tour' lasts three months. In each town, between 4 to 6 stallions will cover some 40 mares twice daily during the season. The cost is kept deliberately low.

Andalusia, with its wide open spaces is the perfect place for horse breeding.
Andalusia, with its wide open spaces is the perfect place for horse breeding.

The public are allowed to watch the stallions do their bit for posterity - the local ayuntamiento (town hall) or oficina de turismo (tourist office) will tell you where and when.

 
Stud Farms

Ganadería Hnos. Rodríguez Pérez
Award winning stud farm specializing in Andalucian horses in Jérez de la Frontera.

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