Gransire: Dardo II
Sire: Eminente, was an APSL approved stallion that was born in 1986 at the Manuel Tavares Veiga farm, Quinta da Broa in Portugal. He was imported to Jean Peigne in France and used as an integral part of their breeding program and produced many champions. Eminente was then imported to Jorge Hank Rhon and the Criadero de Caballos Caliente ranch in Mexico, where he was used as a breeding stallion and was his final resting place. Eminente's bloodlines include Bailador, who was All Iberian Champion and has 97 offspring registered with the APSL.
Dam: Orquestra Do Retiro, was born 1995 at Villa do Retiro of Eduardo Fischer in Brazil, which is one of the largest Brazilian stud farms. She is the daughter of Dardo II, a thoroughly impressive Veiga stallion who had 81,0 pts with the APSL; one of the highest ever graded stallions in the Studbook. He was a twice Gold Medal Standard winner, five time Champion in Progeny and five times Champion in International Working Equitation competitions. She is also the daughter of Hortelá who also had a high grade of 81,0 pts and is herself a daughter of Quimono bred by the Alcobia stud who had pure Veiga origin. She was imported to Mexico and still currently resides at the Criadero de Caballos Caliente ranch in Mexico.
The Veiga Bloodline:
The Veiga bloodline produced the most genuine war horse of Ancient Lusitania. 'Veigas' are extremely functional and smaller than the other lineages - excellent for bullfighting. They have the typical convex head known as the "Veiga head", flat thin legs with prominent hocks, fantastic impulsion and proud flexible necks. Manuel Veiga describes his horses as follows: "Nervous, full of gallantry, so obedient they seem to outguess the rider's intentions; high thin head, long free-flowing manes, elevated movements and a striking agility challenging all threats and dangers with indomitable courage…" The Veiga is a true race within the Lusitano breed and the stallions when used on mares of any other lineage have the power to transmit to the offspring the most typical characteristics of the Lusitanian race. The selection criterion was based entirely on the functional qualities, as explained by Alfredo Baptista Coelho: "… not the height, nor the academic morphology, not the color, nor the form of the head. Everything was offered by the race itself: wonderful fine slightly convex heads today known as "Veiga head", ancient rare colors … fine flat legs with strong hocks, flexible backs, uncommon impulsion, beautiful malleable necks … in short, the race offered him [Mr Veiga] a horse that makes our horse loving people vibrate."