Lusitano horse breeders Haras Dos Cavaleiros once again hosted a memorable event at their beautiful facility in Magnolia, Texas, October 27-29, 2017, the fourth edition of the Haras Cup.
The event, which brought both international and domestic competitors as well as judges, is known for its extravagant parties and exhibition performances, in addition to high dollar sponsors and over-the-top decorations (including some very fancy cars!). This year’s rendition did not disappoint.
Haras’ trainers once again did their barn proud this year. Trainer Dori Johnson rode Xaveco Interagro, a Haras-owned Lusitano, to the 1st place overall in the six-entry Masters Level class, which Haras Dos Cavaleiros refers to as the “International” class, while their Head Trainer Tiago Ernesto rode Lusitanos Cossaco and Fuzileiro to 2nd and 3rd place finishes overall.
Two Haras Lusitanos also won the top two honors in the three-entry Advanced class, with Joao Goncalves piloting Danes to the overall win and Jorge Araliz riding Aire DC to a 2nd place finish.
The six-entry Intermediate B Open class saw Haras trainers and horses battling it out for the top positions. When the dust settled, Tiago Ernesto and Funcho led the placings, with Joao Goncalves and Forcado 2nd, and Dori Johnson and Fiona DC 3rd.
Andrea Galbraith and her Andalusian Dylan Casimoro won the one-entry Intermediate B class.
Canadian Jill Barron won the five-entry Intermediate A Open class on Ms Irish Mist, with Arizona trainer Miguel Undabarrena on Altivo MABU coming in 2nd overall and Texan Lisa Harding on the Australian Stock Horse Sandhaven Shameless finishing 3rd.
In the four-entry Intermediate A Amateur class, Kiki Pantaze and Australian Stock Horse Sandhaven Late to the Party took top honors with Jade Watts Gonzales riding Quarter Horse/Paint Fineleehetouchedme to a 2nd place finish overall.
Tiago Ernesto and Haras-owned Hercules DC, lone entries in the Novice B Open class, took home the win. In the two-entry Novice B Amateur class, Dierdre Keithly and her Gypsy Vanner Kiss My Angel brought home the victory, with Laura Miller and Dem Rayo coming in 2nd. It’s worth noting that Dierdre’s performance was solid enough to have earned her the victory even if Amateur and Open divisions had been combined!
Haras horses and trainers set the bar once again in the four-entry Novice A Open class, with Tiago Ernesto and Invulgar winning 1st overall and Dori Johnson and Hamlet DC finishing 2nd.
Alberta rider Jaquie McArthur and Tahoo Casino Royalle took home the win in the four-entry Novice A Amateur class, with California competitor Amanda Latta Portillo and her pony Prince Charming coming in 2nd overall.
Kansas youth rider Madison Branham rode Joshua the Mustang to a first-place finish in the two-entry Novice A Youth class, with Texas resident Jaedon Warren and his Quarter Horse TNT Countin Mountains coming in 2nd. Madison’s victory solidified her lead in the National standings, where she is currently 44 points ahead of her closest competitor in the National Novice – Junior Rider standings.
The Haras Lusitanos and trainers proved strong competitors in the Introductory Open class as well, with Joao Goncalves winning 1st place overall and Dori Johnson and Iguazo coming in 2nd. Lisa Harding came in 3rd and 4th overall on Sandhaven CatCandu and Sandhaven Celebration, respectively.
California member Amanda Latta Portillo rode her Andalusian Maximus to a 1st-place overall win in the three-entry Introductory Amateur class, with Texas member Emily Hyde on Brisenio del Mali coming in 2nd.
Not to be outdone by their family’s Lusitanos and trainers, Macarena and Carmina Chavez rode their ponies in the Children’s class, finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on Beauty, Mickey Mouse, and Valentino, respectively.