Performing on his stallion 'Manolete', Dennis Borba gives an elegant performance at the World Festival, Arkansas city, Kansas. September 2000.
After cutting an ear at the Feria de Ticapampa, Peru. October 2000.
The Borba family with 'Manolete'. Matador Borba, Luciana and Dennis Junior
Pictures of Dennis Borba rejoneando in Peru.
There have been two types of horses in existence on the Iberian Peninsula since time immemorial. A small, upright or concave pony which is normally not mounted and which can be found in the cold, mountainous regions of the Peninsula. A larger horse with a convex profile, which can be mounted and is to be encountered on the warm, dry plains of the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula.
Mounted some 5,000 years ago and considered as being the oldest saddle horse in the world, the latter was chosen as a warrior horse and animals were selected from this original herd for the armies of Carthage and sparta and for the hippodromes of Rome. The Lusitano Thoroughbred is a "hot blooded" horse of the Pure English Thoroughbred and Arabian type which is the product of a selection process lasting for thousands of years, thus ensuring a higher degree of empathy with its rider than any other current breed.
Selected both as a race and warrior horse over the centuries, the Lusitano is an all rounder whose gentle nature, agility and courage allow it to compete in almost all types of modern equestrian sporting events in competition with the finest specialists. Horse races can be considered as being the modern version of "Gineta" horse-riding which has earned so much fame and praise for the armies which have used it in wartime. The current profile of the Iberian horse is similar to that of its ascendants as can be seen through the similarity with ancient statues, engravings and descriptions which we have inherited from the days of Iberian Pre-history, having traversed the Roman Period, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its natural capacities have their origin in those qualities which have already been described and so praised by historians with breeders being interested in their improvements through the introduction of morpho-functional tests. Almost all of the modern breeds of saddle horses can trace the ir bloodline back to the Iberian horse.
According to several authors, the most significant factor in the currently existing difference between the Lusitano Andalusian Horses is in the origin of the appearance of bullfighters on foot in spain at the beginning of the 18th centuary, as a symbol of popular revolt over King Filipe's prohibition of bullfights.
From then on, owing to the lesser use of the Andalusian horse for bullfighting purposes, the selection thereof centred more on a light horse for riding whereas, in Portugal, breeding activities continued to be centred on producing fine bullfighting horses. Since 1967, by agreement reached between Portugese and Spanish breeders, there have been two seperate Stud-Books, leading the breeders of the two countries to follow parallel trajectories using their own selection and classification methods. The Lusitano Breed Stud-Book was entrusted to the Portugese Breeders Association of Thoroughbred Lusitano Horse Breeders which was created during the year in question for exclusively promoting and defending the Lusitano horse.
The official certification of the Lusitano Breed Stud-Book was undoubtedly an important step in the advancement of the breed by constraining the admission of breeders to the minimum respective characteristics, giving rise to a generalised and painstaking selection procedure and facilitating detailed knowledge of bloodlines allowing for the perpetuation of specific profiles through a concentration on specifying studs (line pairing). In any efficient and relatively rapid zoo-technical process there is an obvious advantage in aspects which are of interest to the breeder such as purity and uniformity of the breed and the consequent predominance of the studs obtained.
Only colts which are the offspring of animals which have already been approved as breeders, and upon which paternity tests have been performed, are eligible for registration. The obligatory nature of this test for the registration of colts further increases the Stud-Book's credibility as it totally excludes the admittance of animals whose bloodlines differ from that of the breed. When reaching adulthood, the animals are submitted to the inspection of a Commission of Breed Experts and, if achieving the minimum standards, will be registered in the Breeders Book, with their offspring therefore also being eligible for the registration in the Book. Functional tests have been added to this cycle which regulates the normal operation of the Stud Book of the Lusitano breed. At the dawn of the year 2000, interest is once again being shown in the Lusitano Thoroughbred as a sporting and leisure mount and for breeding purposes, owing to his qualities of character and genetic lineage. His rarity is the result of the existence of a very small number of around 2,000 mares of breeding capacity. In Portugal, the birthplace of the breed there are only 1000 mares in foal giving age in production, 600 in Brazil, 200 in France with the remainder being divided up among Mexico, belgium, Germany, Italy, Canada and the United States of America.
I've seen alot of black Lusitanos and Andalusians, but I've never seen a stallion as beautiful as Paiol - Dennis Borba
The following pictures were taken on June 28, 2007
Horses owned and imported by Dennis and Luciana Borba
Champion black Lusitano stallion,recently arrived at the Borba stables.
This horse is the son of the black Lusitano 'Campino', who was used by Antonio Riberio Telles for rejoneo. 'Campino' was recently sold back to Portugal for breeding at The Cardaval Lusitano Ranch.
Grey Lusitano stallion. Son of the four time World Champion 'Afiancado de Flandes'.
Two time Gold Medal Champion of Portugal and son of the famous 'Nilo'. Pablo Hermoso has five sons of 'Nilo'currently bullfighting.
'ZICO' is the father of the Lusitano mare 'Espanhola', recently purchased by Dennis and Luciana Borba.
From the Barata Freixo Ranch, Portugal. Born: 5-15-1986.
A 72 point mare and the mother of 'TARA' (see below).
Lusitano filly. Born: 10-31 1999.
Stud: 'Nito', a 76 point stallion, son of the famous 'Almansor'.
Mare: 'ESPANOLHA' (see above).
'Almansor's' mother, 'Saloria' is a sister to 'Cagancho', Pablo Hermoso's most famous bullfighting horse. -
'TARA' a double breeding of 'Nilo'