Alter Real

 

The Alter Real

The Alter Real Estate Stud was started in Portugal in 1748.

 
Lusitano-Alter RealThe Alter Real Estate Stud was started in Portugal in 1748 by the Royal Family.   The horses were bred to be used in the National Riding Academy and for the royal family only.   During the 1910 Revolution that brought down the Monarchy and turned Portugal into a Republic.   In the middle of the mayhem, stud records were destroyed, the stallions gelded and the stud was closed.
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Lusitano-050The day was saved by Guy D’Andrade who somehow managed to save two stallions and one mare from the disaster.   It was he who saved the royal lineage and rebuilt it until in 1942 he turned it over to the Ministry of Agriculture so they would continue his work.   These horses are well known around the world because the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts uses them exclusively for its shows and demonstrations.
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