On July 21st I joined seven other riders with their Lusitanos at the Hickstead showground, together we demonstrated the versatility and the functionality of the Lusitano horse.
The demo opened with a working equitation display, Viriato and I joined Natasha Read and Sasa to show obstacles both one and two handed and the second part of the demo showed Lusitanos at both ends of the dressage scale. Gonzalo riding a four year old mare and Justine riding a fully trained stallion.
The final display showed six riders in formation in traditional Portuguese dress. Viriato was fantastic leading the ride and all stallions and mares behaved impeccably. After putting the horses to bed we attended the ball and danced the night away. Another great demo!
Many thanks to Catherine smith for the loan of Viriato.