Coudelaria Veiga, based in Quinta da Broa, Azinhaga do Ribatejo, was founded 200 years ago by Rafael José da Cunha, the so-called Prince of Portuguese Farmers. Among the breeders of his stud there are two stallions of Alter blood, offered to that famous farmer by the Kings D. Fernando II and later by his son D. Pedro V when they visited the Quinta da Broa. By family inheritance, the stud farm came to be inherited by Eng. Manuel Tavares Veiga, nephew-great-grandson of Rafael José da Cunha.
The work that he developed in the stud farm was remarkable, being able to be rightly considered the initiator of the new cycle of the Lusitanian rider in Portugal.
Possessing an unusual sensibility, he was selecting animals whose morphological and animic characteristics understood better to correspond to the warrior functionality required to the bulls. Later, he used the method of inbreeding crosses, in order to determine the species within the same breed and the homogeneity necessary to fix their own characteristics.
After waiting patiently, he found horses equivalent to the famous riders of ancient Iberia, selected for thousands of years as horses of war, shaped for this purpose.
In this way he achieved a truly national objective, for he fixed the characteristics of his horses in the race of his horses, and gave back to our country the purity of the long-dormant genetic heritage of the ancient Lusitanian rider. Let us mention, by the way, Agareno, Berber and Sultão, for the importance that they had in the fixation of the characteristics of the coudelaria.
After the death of Eng. Manuel Tavares Veiga, his grandchildren Manuel and Carlos Tavares Veiga and their great-grandson Manuel de Castro Tavares Veiga knew how to keep the stud farm with the initial quality. Since then, she has been carrying out a selection of mares based on the model, the genealogy, the quality of the products supplied and the analysis of their functional characteristics.
An old olive warehouse, which preserves the stone deposits, holds the prizes that the stud farm has been winning over the years. "We decided to keep the deposits, they are also part of the heritage, although they have not kept olive oil for many years. Even so, if we lift the covers still smell of olive oil," says Manuel Veiga.
Numerous trophies have been displayed on the walls, and carts for horses, saddles and harnesses, some of them authentic relics, have been set up on top of the tanks: "All these pieces are part of the family history, horses that won prizes and were used By my antecedents in their assemblies, "says Manuel Castro Veiga who speaks with pleasure of this valuable heritage. Some of the cars continue to be used daily as a means of transport inside the farm, others are waiting to be repaired - "it is very expensive to repair a car, we do it on average one a year" - others are still Better than that manufactured in this type of animal traction vehicles. As are the cars of a Feyton, built by the Parisian Binder, or a Dogcar.