Where does the Reining talent of the Criollos come from?

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Searching for clues: Where does the Reining talent of the Criollos come from?
Is there a "Doc Bar" in the breed of Criollos ?

Part 1 : Brief overview of Criollo's Reining achievemens and initial answers

In September 2018 it was time again: The entire equestrian world looked to Tryon North Carolina, USA, where the best of the best at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) competed in eight disciplines of equestrian sports, including a Western discipline - Reining.

Twenty-two riders and horses reached the Reining single final, including 21 horses with Quarter Horse pedigree - and a Criollo, true descendant of the Iberian horses, who came to America with the Conquistadors in the 16th century:
F5 Licurgo Tapajós. Under his rider Roberto Jou Inchausto from Brazil he performed a 221.5 - place 11!

 The performance of Roberto and Licurgo in the qualification was worth a contribution on the FEI homepage – „King Criollo“: (https://www.fei.org/stories/king-criollo-reining)

Licurgo Tapajos: best WEG Reining Horse Without Quater Horse Ancestry Ever

Now, Criollos with Reining talent are not exceptional, even though the 11th place and a 221.5 in the Reining Individual final is the best finish ever to reach a horse without Quarter Horse ancestry at the World Equestrian Games: WEG 2010 in Kentucky took the Brazilian National Reining team with the two Criollos SJ Rodopio and Leopardo do Infinito directly behind the German team in seventh place, SJ Rodopio and his rider Wellington Teixeira contributed with a 217 the highest score of the Brazilian team. In the Reining singles final, Wellington Teixeira and SJ Rodopio took 14th place with a 216.

Wellington Teixeira y SJ Rodopio

2010 is not the first year in which a Criollo has attracted international attention in the reining scene: In 2004, Butiá Puma was NRHA Open Champion under his rider Carlos Deleu, the first Criollo to win an NRHA Bronze Trophy. In 2006, the Brazilian rider Franco Bertolani won a series of titles with the Criollo Joio do Infinito in Italy, including the International Champion Open IRHA Summer Slide - IRHA is the Italian NRHA member association.

The amazing thing: Joio do Infinito originates from the breeding of Agropecuaria Infinito Ltda. in Brazil - I looked at their website and found not a single reference to Reining. Joio was not bred for Reining sport, was he?
How can a horse that is not Reining bred become an International Reining Open Champion!?

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Incidentally, the Brazilian NRHA member association is called ANCR and was founded in 1989, two years after the German NRHA and 23 years after the NRHA USA. The highest score ever achieved at an official ANCR contest was the Criollo Infinito do Itapororo, a 232 (77-77-78), at the ANCR Futurity 2000. The event was NHRA approved, two Brazilians were among the judges and one was from the USA. Infinito do Itapororo died in February 2019 at the age of 22.

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In recent years, the most successful Reining Criollos by far came from the Cabanha Marca dos Santos.
The horses bred by Mrs. Gilvane Marca dos Santos won a variety of Champion and Reserve Champion titles. To qualify for the leadership position of the Marca dos Santos-Criollos in the Reining discipline, I limit myself to the ANCR Futurity achievements in Open competitions, NRHA-approved: Marca dos Santos placed the best-placed Criollo of the series three times in a row from 2016 to 2018 ANCR Futurity Open, every time a young horse of this Cabanha was among the TOP-3 of the highest level 4, with scores between 218 and 220. Estupendo Marca dos Santo was also finalist of the NRHA Futurity 2018 in Oklahoma USA under his rider Roberto Jou.

Short interim conclusion: Reining achievements of the Criollos are not a unicum!

Before we visit Gilvane Marca dos Santos on her Cabanha, we meet Roberto Jou Inchausto from Brazil, who rode F5 Licurgo Tapajós at the WEG 2018 and his son Estupendo Marca dos Santos at the NRHA Futurity 2018: Roberto Jou went to the USA in 1998 to learn how to train and show Reining horses. Since the year 2000 he has been a professional Reining rider who knows both Quarter Horses and the best Brazilian Reining Criollos:

Roberto, can the Brazilian Reining Criollos compete with the best Quarters?
RJ: „I think Criollos and Quarter Horses have the same potential. The really big difference between the two breeds is the number of horses trained and shown in Reining: much more Quarter Horses than Criollos are shown in Reining - and yet Criollos show outstanding results, see 2018 World Equestrian Games. I believe we have not experienced the full potential of the Reining Criollos yet.“

Do Criollos need different training than Quarter Horses?
„There are probably small differences in the training of Quarter Horses and Criollos. But it is the same with the really good representatives of their breeds.“

Roberto, where does the reining talent of the Criollos come from?
„I am sure that the Criollos' Reining talent is the result of the selection from the "Freio de Ouro": the Freio de Ouro is a competition in which the horses need to perform all the maneuvers that are necessary for Reining so the breeders of Reining-Criollos can use the "Freio de Ouro" as a selection tool. For example, Senhor de Santa Tereza, the father of F5 Licurgo Tapajós, is a Freio de Ouro champion.“

The Cabanha Marca dos Santos

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The picturesque Cabanha Marca dos Santos in Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul is home to 42 Criollos. It has a riding arena, indoor riding arena, covered roundpen, walker for 8 horses, stables, pastures, covering stand, a warm and functional environment where the horses and the staff and coaches of the Cabanha Marca dos Santos feel pleasant.
It all began when Gilvane Marca dos Santos wanted to learn how to ride in 2000 and bought a mare by the roadside, Cigana. In 2005, the family had first contact with the Reining world, because Gilvane and her then 14-year-old son attended a Reining course with Jango Salgado.

The Brazilian Jango Salgado is also known internationally in the world of Reining: As a disciple of Doug Milholland (USA), he has been a professional trainer since 1988 and co-founder of the ANCR in 1989. He won many ANCR and AQHA titles and finished third at the FEI World Reining Masters Open in 2004 with a Quarter Horse.

The input of Jango Salgado was a hit for the family: Immediately at the first start in 2005 Gilvanes son won an amateur Reining with the mare Bragada Gravatá.

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Gilvane Marca dos Santos describes the emergence of her breeding of Reining-Criollos as follows:
GM: „... In 2008 we won the ANCR Amateur Futurity, but with horses from other breeders. We bought the horses with the most reining talent. We invested in animals, coaches, several from Brazil and from abroad. We advised our work team and conducted several courses with trainers. And we continue to invest a lot in the education of our employees, in the areas of nutrition, shoeing and training. We are working hard to prevent injuries, especially with the help of cryotherapy and magnetic field therapy. I am a veterinarian specialized in clinical and equine surgery as well as physiotherapy. All the work is supervised by me, finally the Cabanha Marca dos Santos emerged from my desire to learn to ride and she became a passion. Our team relies on the sires Joio do Infinito, VB Eldorado Dragão, F5 Licurgo Tapajós and Remendo do Purunã.“ 

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Gilvane, let's have a look at the lineages of your successful Futurity Criollos 2016-2018: Craque Marca dos Santos, from Joio do Infinito out of Bragada Gravatá (2016) ; Dom Eldorado Marca dos Santos, from VB Eldorado Dragão out of Oropel do Infinito (2017); Estupendo Marca dos Santos, from F5 Licurgo Tapajós out of Aroeira 02 Base (2018) -Three horses - three different fathers and mothers owned by you - all parents and some grandparents have                 Reining successes! That's what I call planned breeding!
GM: Yes, I think blood is thicker than water, I mean, if you take kids from champions, you're more likely to have a champion born. We select the parent animals of a mating especially according to their Reining results, morphology, temperament and talent.“

Roberto Jou was interviewed at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma on the occasion of his start with Estupendo Marca dos Santos , saying that Criollos are much like Quarter Horses: What do the two races have in common, what makes them different?
GM: „When Roberto was interviewed at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma, he also said that the Quarter Horse had years of breeding selection, the Criollos started later with Reining. The Criollo is more rustic, more resilient, has more tail, more mane and is later in its evolutionary developement.“

Why do you breed Criollos for Reining and not Quarter Horses?
GM: „I breed 98% Criollos and 2% Quarter Horses because I have a passion for the Criollos, their rusticism, their potential, stamina, gentleness, their type - they are part of our history and the horses of our pampas.“

What should be considered when breeding Criollos for the Reining discipline?
GM: „When breeding Criollos for Reining, you should pay attention to their gentleness and talent and to the fact that the horse is waiting for the instructor's commands. Once the coach asks for the maneuver, the horse should give the answer in the arena.“

What are important criteria for morphology, interior and genetics?
GM: „It is very important to pay close attention to these criteria - we try to take morphology and genetics equally into account in our breeding choices: the hind angle, shoulder angulation, neck position, combined with the genetics of sons or grandchildren of Reining Champions.“

Gilvane, where does the Reining talent of Criollos come from?
GM: „The talent of the Criollos results from the selection by the Freio de Ouro.“

Apart from that, is there anything important that you want to say to western riders in Germany?
GM: „What I have to say to the Western riders in Germany is: The Criollo overcomes distances, it breaks through language barriers, the passion for these horses connects us. I am the living proof that there are no limits when you are dreaming of a project and working continuously and unanimously on it. For what began with the dream and hope of the Marca dos Santos family, brought us, with the support of all the friends of the Criollos, to the World Equestrian Games, where we have represented our race to the whole world. Today we are 11th in the world and have the best Reining Criollo in the world. To the one who believes, everything is possible. The presentation of Licurgo at the World Equestrian Games has increased our family - I have received intercessions and thanksgiving from many. There is no greater treasure the Criollo brings along than family and friendship - and these are always welcome in the Marca dos Santos family.“ 

I thank Gilvane Marca dos Santos and Roberto Jou for their very insightful information and the impressive pictures!

"The Criollo overcomes distances and breaks down language barriers" - across national borders and continents.

The proof lies before you: This contribution to the topic "Where does the Reining talent of the Criollos come from?"

In the next part of our series, we will talk to Brazilian Criollo Breeders Association (ABCCC) President Francisco Kessler Fleck and learn more about the Freio de Ouro and the origins of the Criollos' Reining talent.

The family of the author Andreas Werdermann has been breeding Criollos for the Western riding sport successfully since 2007. Website : www.cp-criollos.de     Facebook: Andreas Werdermann CP-Criollos

You may also like this article : KING CRIOLLO AT THE WEGs, Criollo-Horse.com 

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The Website of the French Association is now Online!

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The official website of the French Association of Criollo Breeders is now available : WWW.CRIOLLO-AFECC.COM

You will find all the information about:
  • the criollo horse
  • the French breeders
  • the French Association AFECC
  • The French Studbook of the Criollo Horse
If you need any information please contact AFECC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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This year, around 30 horses travelled from Italy, Germany and Switzerland to compete for this VII European Morphology Competition of the Criollo Breed of Fiera Cavalli, in Verona.

The general level of the horses was very good. Actually it increased quite a lor thanks to efforts made by the breeders who since a few years exchange reproductors, buy ad sell horses and semen from one country or the other, in order to improve the genotype of the horses. 

The Uruguayan Jury was made of Daniel Berouet, Santiago Sanguinetti, and headed by Dr. Martin Gurmendez, the actual representative of SCCCU, secretary: Aurore Descombes (France).

The final scores of the Competition are as follow:

1. Jalapena De Baviera, criador Criollos de Baviera, Propietario La Alegra Criollos 

Mejor Ejemplar de la Raza, Gran Campeona Hembra, Mejor Yegua Adulta Menor, Mejor Cabeza,

2. Engaño Caraguata, propietario Alexander Luchïnger

Gran Campeon y Campeon Padrillo Mayor

3. Malena Las Rubias, Criador Cabana las Rubias, Giovanni Cancarini

Reservada Gran Campeona y Campeona Yegua Mayor


4. Mulato del Chamane, Criador Cabana El Chamane, Propietario Criollos de Baviera

Reservado Gran Campeon Macho, Reservado Campeon Padrillo Mayor, Mejores Aplomos

5. Jacintha de Baviera, Criador Criollos de Baviera, Propietario Traditional Ranch

Tercer Mejor Hembra

6. Fogo de Chão do Capão Redondo, Propietario Vittorio Raboni

Tercer Mejor Macho


7. Phitolaca Pora, Scuderia lo Stallone

Cuarta Mejor Hembra

8. Geronimo de Baviera, Criollos de Baviera

Cuarto Mejor Macho y Mejor Crin



Morfologia 2018 Definitivo

VII Concurso de Morfologia Europeo de la Raza Criolla

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For the first time in the World Equestrian Games history, and in the history of the Criollo breed as well, a Criollo became part of the 15th best reining horses of the world. This Criollo is called F5 LICURGO TAPAJOS riden by Roberto Jou Inchausti and scored 221,5 at the Individual Reining Final.

Licurgo is a 10 years old stallion who comes from the Cabanha Marca Dos Santos in Brazil. It is interesting to note that in Brazil, breeders are selecting Criollos for reining since the early 1990s. 
Licurgo has outstanding bloodlines as he comes from the famous stallion Senhor de Santa Thereza, FREIO DE OURO, PRATA and BRONZE, as well as FREIO DE OURO in FICCC and BOCAL DE PRATA.

Licurgo is the actual Champion fo the Reining National Championship ANCR, twice Champion of the Reining championship of the ABCCC, Campeão Gaúcho de Rédeas and Campeão da II Copa Tripol Ranch Classic, and was successful in much more competitions. 

Thanks to Licurgo, the entire equestrian world, are more especifically the reining world, wathed the Criollo as a real hight international reining horse, and a possible alternative to traditional reining breeds. He made the Buzz in the WEG press, and was called "King Criollo", that actually fits him very well!

Thank you Licurgo, thank you to the talented Roberto Jou Inchausti for managing this show and pressure with so much professionalism and thank you to Cabanha Marca dos Santos for giving to the breed such a good opportunity and example!

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The Expo FICCC that took place in Brazil during May 2018, is an international event that occures every 3 years in one of the FICCC countries in SOuth of America.  

This Show is international becaus the best horses, riders and breeders meet all toguether during severla days and participate to traditional and fabulous competitions, where the agility, resistence, courrage and nobility of the Criollo Horse can be valuated. 

This is also a place for meetings, exchanges, oficial meeting, etc.

This year for the first time in the FICCC history, the ANACC  (Italian Association of Criollo Breeders) and the CRZVD (German Association of Criollo Breeders) were represented by their respective Presidents, Giuseppe Bonacina and Benjamin Philip who traveled from Europe for the Show. Others members of the CRZVD also traveled to Brasil for the FICCC. They were welcomed by the organizators and participated to the Show and oficial meetings. 

A important sted towards a better cohesion and exchanges between FICCC countries, that include, not only countries from South of America (Argentina, Uruguay, Uruguay, Brazil) but also countries from Europe since a few years, i.e. France since 2017, who share as well this passion for this amazing horse, the Criollo. 

Long life to the FICCC and to cooperation between its Nations!

Vidéos and interviews available!




FICCC 2018- Representantes de Italia y Alemania

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Last Sunday the 2018 FICCC championship terminated, where the best horses met to compete, the world championship of the Criollo breed. Criollo-Horse shares with you the results of the Morfology and Freno de oro.

This 2018 FICCC championship was very special because for the first time in the FICCC history an Uruguyan horse won the Freno de Oro: el Colibri Matrero!


Gran Campeon y Campeon Caballo Menor: São Xavier Huracán
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Reservado Gran Campeon, Campeon Caballo Adulto: AS Malke Sedutor-TE

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3º Mejor Macho y Reservado Campeon Caballo Adulto: Esquivado Cala Bassa-TE

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4º Mejor Macho y 3º Mejor Caballo Adulto: Inquisitor 1490 Maufer

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Mejor Ejemplar de Raza, Grand Campeona y Campeona Adulta: Dinastia Cala Bassa

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Reservada Gran Campeona, Campeona Menor: Arma Branca da Meia Lua

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3ª Mejor Hembra y Reservada Campena Adulta: La Brava Kresna

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4ª Mejor Hembra y Campeona Potranca Menor: Basca Constância

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Freno de Oro – AM GAITA
PO Uribe e AM Cris
Criador: Ana Maria Bastos Giudice
Expositor: Sergio Augusto Amaral
Jinete: Cláudio dos Santos Fagundes
Promedio: 21,423

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Macanudo do Itapororó e Generina de São Pedro
Criador: Eduardo Macedo de Linhares
Expositor: Eduardo Macedo de Linhares
Jinete: Fábio Teixeira da Silveira
Promedio: 21,304

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Chicão de Santa Odessa e Palmas de Peñaflor Estampa
Criador: Hacienda Boa Vista, de Vacaria (RS)
Expositor: Fabio Camagro
Jinete: Fábio Teixeira da Silveira
Promedio: 19,619

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Jalisco de Santa Angélica e Butiá Ubaia
Criador: Miguel y Rodrigo Campos Scarpellini
Expositor: Miguel y Rodrigo Scarpellini Campos
Jinete: Charles Fagundes 
Promedio: 18.566

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Freno de Oro: Colibri Matrero
Del Oeste Acierto e Colibri Matrera
Criador: Colibri
Expositor: La Pacifica
Establecimiento: La Pacifica
Jinete: Gabriel Marty
Promedio: 22,700

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Freno de Plata: JA Libertador
Equador de Santa Edwiges e JA Arruaça
Criador: José Antônio Anzanello
Expositor: Condominio JA Libertador
Jinete: Cezar Augusto Schell Freire
Promedio: 21,823

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Freno de Bronce: Peñarol da Boa Vista
Chicão de Santa Odessa e Catarina do Itapororó
Criador: Hacienda Boa Vista, Vacaria (RS)
Expositor: Asociación Peñarol
Jinete: Fábio Teixeira da Silveira
Promedio: 20,930

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Freno de Alpaca: Feitiço Cavalera
As Malke Sedutor-Te e Quilero Nuvem Rara
Criador: Rafael Grimm Vaz y Eliana Sussenbach Vaz
Expositor: Alberto Lopes Gaffney y Jonas Leopoldino de Souza
Jinete: José Fonseca Macedo
Promedio: 20,410

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Fotos: Fagner Almeida

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Results of the 2018 OTONO EXPO in the Prado- Uruguay

The day before the Expo FICCC, which is the internaitonal championship for Criollos, we are pleased to remind you the results of the Expo otono in the Prado, uruguay, that took place from April 26 to April 29, 2018. This Show is one of the most important of the country and allows to appreciate the high level of the Uruguayan delegation which is currently in Esteio fot the FICCC event!



Gran Campeona y Campeona y Campeona Potranca:  

“Rosalinda Caraguatá” (Yancamil Cahuel x Rumbera Caraguatá (BT Rubí), expuesta por cabaña “El Chiripá” de Juan Montans y Cecilia Ferrando

Reservada Gran Campeona y Campeona Yegua Menor:        

“Tobogán Frontera” (Quelen Boticario x Quelen Garza (Tañido Chingolo), expuesta por “El Tobogán” de Rodolfo Trambauer y Graciela Deffeminis.

Tercera Mejor Hembra y Reservada Campeona Yegua Menor:

“Pacífica Costumbre” (Dormido Atajenlo x Pacífica Bombilla (BT Bico de Ferro do Junco), expuesta por La Pacífica.

Cuarta Mejor Hembra y Reservada Campeona Potranca:                    

 “Constancia Rocío” (Arrayán Baluarte x Constancia Afonía (BT Manolo), expuesta por “La Constancia” de Sapelli Gutiérrez Hnos.

Otros premios:
Tercera Mejor Potranca: “Jagüel Quintrala”, criada y expuesta por Green Belt SA;
Cuarta Mejor Potranca: “Gitana Caraguatá”, criada y expuesta por Juan Montans y Cecilia Ferrando;
Tercera Mejor Yegua Menor: “Jagüel Parola”, criada y expuesta por Green Belt SA;
Cuarta Mejor Yegua Menor: “Constancia Pantera”, criada por Sapelli Gutiérrez Hnos y expuesta por Ricardo Pereyra Presa.


Gran Campeón, Mejor Ejemplar sin distinción de sexo y Campeón Potrillo:

“Coé Curupay” (Rinconcito Cantinero x Jagüel Española (BT Martini), criado y expuesto por “Santa María” de Pingo Viejo SG.

Reservado Gran Campeón y Campeón Padrillo Mayor: 

“VR Redomón Artesano” (BT Latino x Cardenal Espuela (Arrayán Navideño), expuesto por “Doble A” de Vivo Roisseco Hnos.

Tercer Mejor Macho y Campeón Padrillo Menor:

“Arrayán Pajarito” (BT Jiquiqua x Constancia Escultura (Arrayán Navideño), criado por Sapelli Gutiérrez Hnos. y expuesto por Alexis Pérez Moreira.

Cuarto Mejor Macho y Reservado Campeón Potrillo:

“Jagüel Quebracho” (Tañido Canta Gallo x Jagüel Gritona (BT Gurí), expuesto por “Septiembre” de Green Belt SA.




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In Argentina 2 famous national shows are focused on the Criollo breed: the Autumn Show that takes place in April in the Rural, in Palermo (Buenos Aires) and the Palermo Show in July, same place. 

The specificity of the Automn show (or "Expo Otono") is that it occurs at the same moment as the big all breed show called NUESTROS CABALLOS, and that during this event competitions of morfology take place with the best horses from all the country, and national functional competitions as well like Freno de Oro, the Argentinean Rodeo called Paleteada or the famous Felipe Z. Ballester competition, for instance.

Find hereunder the results of the National Morfology Championship!


Gran Campeón Macho: Del Oeste Zorrino
Expositor: La Esperanza De Ballester S.R.L. – Cabaña: La Esperanza
S.B.A.: 87956 (Del Oeste Chiflido x Del Oeste Zaranda)

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Reservado Gran Campeón Macho: Yanca Jilguero
Expositor: Yancamil S.A. – Cabaña: Yancamil
S.B.A.: 87324 (Yancamil Cahuel x Yancamil Curumalan)

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Tercer Mejor Macho: Napaleofu Tirano
Expositor: Las Cadenas S.C. – Cabaña: Las Cadenas 
S.B.A.: 88342 (Charque Inocencio x Napaleofu Retirada)

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Cuarto Mejor Macho: Del Oeste Esperado
Expositor: La Esperanza De Ballester S.R.L. – Cabaña: La Esperanza 
S.B.A.: 82365 (Del Oeste Fierro x Del Oeste Espuela)


Gran Campeón Hembra: Del Goyaz Chacarera
Expositor: Rocha, Graciela Josefina B. De – Cabaña: El Goyaz
S.B.A.: 86240 (Iko Puma x Del Goyaz Cueca)

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Reservado Gran Campeón Hembra: La Brava Casandra
Expositor: S.A. Bartolome Ginocchio E Hijos Cia. – Cabaña: La Brava
S.B.A.: 80367 (Tañido Canta Gallo x La Brava Aldeana)

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Tercer Mejor Hembra: Pingaza Flor Del Pago
Expositor: De Achaval, Hugo Jorge – Cabaña: Las Javieras
S.B.A.: 76931 (Dormido Atajenlo x Cuchillera Diaguita)

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Cuarto Mejor Hembra: Del Goyaz Piragua 
Expositor: Rocha, Graciela Josefina B. De – Cabaña: El Goyaz
S.B.A.: 90092 (Iko Puma x Del Goyaz Galana)

Jury :

Reproductores Machos: Federico Arguelles y Leandro Decotto. Reproductores Hembras: Claudio Dowdall y Jose Amadeo Lastra. Arbitro de Machos y Hembras: Raúl Etchebehere
Secretario de Carpeta: Tomas Kehoe Secretarios C: Horacio España (h) y Tomas Fohring

Fuente: http://www.caballoscriollos.com/espanol/noticias_detalle.php?noticiasID=3618

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ITALY- New Board and New President

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As usual, on Sunday 3 December 2017, the ANACC activities of the current year were closed with the social lunch at the end of the year.

In this occasion, the elections for the renewal of the Association Board for the five-year period 2017-2022 took place.

At the beginning of the day, the outgoing President Denis Lanzanova gave the natural expiry of his mandate, reminding the various achievements reached by ANACC during his mandate. With the occasion, and demonstrating its undeniable sense of belonging to what is now called "familia criollista", he thanked one by one all the associates, who in the course of these years, had accompanied and supported him in this passionate and rewarding adventure.
All the associates then sincerely thanked the outgoing President on several occasions, sharing the emotion that arose his enthralling words.
Then he formalized the start of the elections, the voting procedures and at the end of scrutiny he informed about the result.

On the basis of the procedures explained to the members before the voting operations, the outgoing President Denis Lanzanova asked the candidate with the highest number of votes, Giuseppe Bonacina (current Responsible for International Relationship), if he accepted the nomination. At this point Giuseppe Bonacina, after thanking every one and congratulating Luca Barlusconi and all the other candidates for the results reached, accepted the appointment as new President.

He thanked and congratulated the passionate work carried out by the outgoing President and reiterated that he was counting on his indispensable collaboration. Moreover he confirmed the will to involve all the candidates which, from now on, include women and young members.

Therefore the new ANACC board is now officially confirmed as follow:

GIUSEPPE BONACINA:                      President & International Relationship

LUCA BARLUSCONI:                           Vice President 

ENRICO PAVESE:                                   Secretary General

PAMELA FUMAGALLI:                       Media & Communication

GIULIA NOSEDA:                                  Media & Communication

ALESSANDRO BELTRAMI:                Breeding Activities Coordinator

SAMUEL COVI:                                      Event Adviser  

VITTORIO RABBONI:                           Event Adviser

SIMONA MORENGO:                          Treasurer

Criollo-Horse enjoy this opportunity to congratulate DENIS LANZANOVA as well for all its achievements during the past few years, for his passion, his involvement towards the Criollo horse, the Criollo breed and the Criollista family, in Italy and in Europe. He managed to unify people over the frontiers, especially with the development of ANACC’s presence at the Feria Cavalli wich became an event of reference for Criollistas in Europe. THANK YOU DENIS!

Criollo-Horse would like to welcome as well the new Board of the ANACC and the new President of ANACC, GIUSEPPE BONACINA, and wish him all the best for his new mandate. He is for sure the most indicated person to keep moving the breed of Criollos in Europe and he can count on the support of Criollo-Horse to achieve its goals!

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CHAPTER 1: Analysis of the 2016 ANCR Reining Futurity Results in Brazil

We are lucky to count in Europe with a specialist of Criollo’s functional pedigrees, Mr. Andreas Werdermann, from the German Criollo Breed CP Criollos.

Andreas is the owner of Cimarron de Baviera, a Criollo stallion showed by his son and professional rider Joschka Werdermann, with the greatest results in Reining, Working Cowhorse and Ranch Riding competitions in Germany and Europe.

Andreas has been watching and studying the results and pedigrees of many Criollos in Brazil, especially those that were showed in Reining competitions and Freno de Oro, making correlations between the genealogies of these functional horses.
The Freno de Oro is a competition born in Brazil, currently practiced in Argentina and Uruguay as well, where each competitor will be evaluated taking into account the morphology of the horse, the way he naturally moves, and its results in 4 different kind of competitions, with cattle and without cattle. Some exercises are quite similar to Reining: sliding stop, spin, and circles.

Brazil is the country where most opportunities in Reining were given to Criollos. Criollos are already bred and selected to compete in Reining national competition where Quarter Horses used to have the leadership.

As underlined by Andreas, last year, in 2016, there were 11 Criollos participating at the ANCR Reining Futurity in Brazil (in total, 58 competitors, most of them Quarter Horses). The ANCR is the Brazilian National Association of Reining Horses, a NRHA member organisation.

Andreas evaluated the ANCR Futurity results and the ABCCC (the Brazilian Association of Criollo Breeders) database concerning the participating Criollos, and made several interesting conclusions.

He notices that in the average, the 11 participating Criollos had better results and scores than most of the Quarter Horses.

The Best Criollo of the 2016 ANCR Reining Futurity was Craque Marca dos Santos (Gelding, born 30.11.2012) who scored 218 in the qualifying and 220 in the final, got the 3rd place at the Open level 4, and 1st place at the Open level 3. Craque Marca Dos Santos is a son of Joio do Infinito and also has Brazilian, Chilean and Argentinian ancestros (see pedigree).


You can watch Craque Marca Dos Santos 'performance following those links:

Futurity qualifying: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfvTNwnep1E

Futurity final www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LVy7xu5y8M#t=6.1356996

Joio do Infinito, Craque Marca Dos Santos’s father, was successful in Reining himself. And actually, Andreas points out that 8 from the above-mentioned 11 Criollos participating at the ANCR Futurity have fathers that were successful in Reining themselves.

He explains that 4 of these 11 Criollos are from Duque do Caijaara (*1999), a Criollo stallion that was a ANCR Futurity Winner, Champion Snafle-Bit ANCR, Champion Copa Querência, ABCCC National Champion, NRHA Reinarama Champion (USA), NRHA Derby Finalist (USA).  Duque do Caijaara is the son of BT SULTÃO (a stallion from Brazil) which comes from La Invernada Hornero (Chile) and Tinajero Presumido (Chile) by Aculeo Condorito (Chile).

Furthermore, 3 of these 11 Criollos are from Joio do Infinito, who won the IRHA Derby in 2006, and was Champion Summer Slide Italy 2006. Joio Do Infinito’s father is Consuelo do Infinito (Brazil) by Santa Elba Senuelo (Chile), His mother’s father is a Brazilian Criollo with pure Chilean Boodlines, Muchacho de Santa Angelica, which comes from Santa Elba Senuelo as well.

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You can watch JOIO DO INFINITO's performance at the 2006 IRHA Derby following this link:



Then, 1 of these 11 Criollos is from SJ Rodopio, a Criollo stallion that participated with the Brazilian Team at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and 2014 (7th place) and won the Copa Querência 2012 with a score of 224).

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SJ RODOPIO (*2002) is a son of BT MOURO (BRAZIL) that comes from LA INVERNADA HORNERO (CHILE), and also have in its pedigree BELLAVISTA TAIMADO (CHILE) and DON FAUSTO (CHILE).

In conclusion, it appears that all of these three fathers (Duque do Caijaara, Joio do Infinito, SJ Rodopio) wich were successful in Reining have fathers from Brazil and both father and mother of these three stallions are have famous functional Chilean bloodlines.

More interesting Data on these champions:

Criollos are not tall horses. The normal standard of the breed admits horses between 138 cm and 148 cm. The average height of these 11 Criollos at the age of 3 years was 140,9 cm, and for instance, Craque Marca dos Santos at this age was only 139,5 cm!

The average score of these 11 Criollos in the qualifying competition of the 2016 ANCR Reining Futurity in Brazil was 208,9 (between 201 and 218).

There were 8 geldings, 2 stallions and 1 mare. The TOP 3 Criollos participating to the qualifying session were: 1 gelding, 1 stallion, 1 mare.

The average percentage of pure Chilean blood in the parental generations 1-4 of these 11 criollos was 47,2% (between 25 and 82,5%). Craque Marca dos Santos has for instance 31,25% of Chilean blood in the parental generations 1-4.

Regarding Pedigrees, Andrea identified that 58% of the pedigrees in the parental generations 1-4 have famous functional bloodlines. From those, 76% are from Chile, 5% from Argentina and 19% from Brazil.

10 Criollos of these 11 Criollos descend from La Invernada Hornero, and 3 of them even twice!

All of the Criollos with the TOP 5 scores have fathers with success in Reining.

Andreas established hereunder a list of the TOP functional bloods/Sires based on the pedigrees of the 11 criollos taking into account the parental generations 1-4. The number indicates how often each stallion appears in the pedigrees of the 11 Criollos subject of this study.

The ( C ) refers to Chile and (B) to Brazil, countries of origin of these stallions.

Muchacho De Santa Angélica is bred in Brazil with pure Chilean ancestors.

This is a complete list of all bloodlines occurring at least twice in between the 11 pedigrees of horses subject to this study.











































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