Interagro Lusitanos Brave the Storm to Present Tandem Driving Exhibition at HITS Ocala for Galopando TV

Cherri Reiber performed a tandem driving demonstration with Zerbino Interagro and Vistor Interagro at the “World of the Horse Spectacular”. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Ocala, FL (March 9, 2012) – The weather was challenging at the “World of the Horse Spectacular” demonstration held during the $50,000 Grand Prix at Horseshows in the Sun(HITS) Ocala, but the show must go on – and it did! Two magnificent Interagro Lusitanos, along with their international rider and trainer Cherri Reiber, presented a thrilling tandem demonstration at the event that showcased the magnificent Lusitano breed and their talent for performing upper level dressage movements.

“It was stormy and the weather was challenging, but just as we were about to present our tandem driving it stopped raining for about 15 minutes and we went and the audience was thrilled. We were certainly a hit,” Reiber said. “We were invited to the ‘World of the Horse Spectacular’ by Galopando TV, and the event was simulcast on their station.”

Reiber is an FEI level dressage trainer and rider who trained both horses, Zerbino Interagro and Vistor Interagro, to do the tandem driving. Reiber’s crowd-pleasing tandem driving features Reiber riding Zerbino while driving Vistor in front, showing off upper level movements including the piaffe, passage, flying changes and the spectacular Spanish walk. “Cherri’s demonstration is always a huge crowd pleaser and certainly generates a lot of excitement about the Lusitano breed,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, Manager of Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil. “We bred both Zerbino Interagro and Vistor Interagro and are thrilled with their success.  They are excellent ambassadors for the breed.”

Reiber, who is based out of Southwest Ranches, Florida, and competes on the Wellington show circuit said that although numerous breeds were represented, the two Lusitanos attracted a crowd. “Zerbino and Vistor impressed the audience, the riders waiting to compete in the grand prix and the other exhibitors,” she said. “The Lusitano breed is very talented, and this demonstration showed some of what has made them such popular horses.”

The Interagro horse is a modern Lusitano, a horse that excels in the traditional equestrian disciplines, from dressage and driving to jumping and working equitation. Interagro is committed to preserving the pure bloodlines of the Lusitano breed and the farm in Brazil is home to approximately 800 horses including 150 exceptional broodmares and 25 top quality stallions. Interagro bloodlines include some of the most respected bloodlines in the breed including Farao (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).

Interagro Lusitanos also offers private buying trips to their Brazilian farm, where visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at Interagro and their selection of Lusitanos that will be available in the upcoming 2012 Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction held at the farm. “A trip to Interagro in Brazil is the chance to experience the culture and lifestyle of Brazil while hopefully also taking home an exceptional Lusitano,” Gonzaga said.

For those interested in visiting Interagro Lusitanos before the auction, private buying trips to the Brazilian farm with Sales Director, Mr. Peter van Borst, are available. Each prospective buyer gets to experience Interagro in a unique way; from riding and driving the horses, learning the history of the farm, experiencing the Brazilian culture and food to appreciating the warmth and dedication that the Gonzaga family has for their horses, home and country. To schedule your trip, contact Mr. van Borst at info@lusitano-interagro.com or at 817-368-9447.

To learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com. To watch a video about Interagro Lusitanos on Youtube, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXEVa6t0m6E.

About Interagro Lusitanos

Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date nearly 800 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year.

For more information contact:
Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.
561-753-4608
jrpr@mac.com

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