The famous stud farm in Alter Do Chao (Portugal) with the beautiful brown Alter Real stallions, held its traditional auction on 24th April.
The “Coudelaria de Alter” was created in 1748 by King Jaoa V and today the location is an gigantic domain where the horses can grow up in the best conditions. Let me take you on a journey through one of the most exciting days at the studfarm, the annual auction.
Alter Do Chao, is a small place in the region of Portalegre, Alentejo. When you enter the village, horses are everywhere.
You can’t be lost here 🙂
The day started with the approval of the stallions. Breeders came to present their Lusitano horses, hoping the judges will evaluate in a positive way. In the afternoon at 3 pm sharp the auction could go ahead and buyers from different countries in Europe and Brasil had the chance to buy this rare horses.
One of the best ambassadors of the breed “Rubi AR” and his owner Christine Jacoberger were honored and gave a dressage demo afterwards.
The stables are beautiful, very clean and are painted in the typical yellow and white colors. Horses can look outside and enjoy some sunshine.
Near the stables is a little museum, where you can learn more about the history of the studfarm and look at some beautiful paintings.
Check out the details.
When you walk around the 600 hectare domain, you’ll notice every detail is branded AR.
There are several outdoor riding halls and even a cross country parcours. The indoor riding halls are spacious and light with details of the old dressage masters.
When you planning a visit to the studfarm, we can highly recommend the guest house “Casa de Campo” in the middle of the venue. Do you want to look outside your window and see the outdoor arena and the stables, well than that’s the place to stay!
When you enter the guest house, you are immediately in the mood.Every little detail is also branded AR: the crockery, the blankets, the pillows, the towels. Just lovely to have a whole expierence.
Despite the rain in Portugal, we had a lovely stay. The mares and foals are saying goodbye.
If you are looking for quality lusitano stallions, you can also stop by the studfarm of Monte Barrao, only 10 minutes away from the Alter Real studfarm.