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The Andalusian and Lusitano breeds originated in the Iberian Peninsula and are one of the oldest and rarest horse breeds. Every purebred Andalusian and Lusitano today can trace its lineage directly to the studbooks of Spain and Portugal, respectively. There are approximately 60,000 Andalusian/Lusitano horses in the world, and only 16,000 in the United States.

The typical Andalusian and Lusitano stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hands, with a powerful yet elegant build. Grey or white is the predominant breed color, but it is not unusual to see a bay, black, chestnut, or even a palomino and dun colored Andalusians and Lusitanos. Because of their trainability, lightness, and athleticism, the Andalusian and Lusitano excel in all disciplines, including halter, driving, hunters, saddle seat, dressage, Western pleasure, equitation, and working equitation. Known as the “Horse of Kings,” the Andalusian and Lusitano breeds are enjoying increasing recognition and acclaim in international dressage competition, and their popularity continues to grow here in the United States.

Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about the Andalusian/Lusitano by visiting The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association at The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) is an association of breeders, owners, and aficionados of these ancient and magnificent horses. IALHA maintains a registry for purebred Andalusians and Half-Andalusians, publishes The Iberian Horse magazine, hosts competitions, and consistently promotes their unique qualities to the world.

In The News

Lusitanos Perform in Prancing with the Stars to Benefit the 2024 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian | Apr 11, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

US Equestrian and Equestrian Canada Renew Reciprocal Agreement Regarding Membership and Participation

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 1, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

In Memoriam: William "Bill" Hughes

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 2, 2023, 12:43 PM EST

Upcoming Championships and Events from USEF National Affiliate Organizations – October 2023

by US Equestrian Communications Dept. | Sep 29, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

Forms and Publications

Competition Information

Information about competing your Andalusian/Lusitano horse with US Equestrian