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The A.P.S.L

The Associação Portuguesa de Criadores do Cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano is the official international registering authority for the Lusitano breed and was started in 1966. Prior to the 1960s, the Iberian-type horse was called the Andalusian in both Portugal and Spain. There was no single registering authority although the 3 different lines were mapped out by Dr. Ruy d' Andrade by the early 1930’s. In 1966, the Lusitano name was adopted by Portugal after the establishment of their own studbook (the APSL) and a separation from the Spanish, which maintained their new studbook under the PRE. There are very subtle differences between the Andalusian (Spanish horse) and the Lusitano, but these differences are highlighted by the selection criteria used by each studbook and their breeders over the last decades.

The A.P.S.L. holds the annual breed show of the association in Cascais, Portugal every June. Here the best of the breed is shown and the show is judged by highly experienced judges. The sport of Working Equitation is also highlighted at this event, and is one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines.

The A.P.S.L. has nothing to do with the sport of bullfighting, although the horses used are mainly Lusitano stallions.

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