Located in the Parish of Azinhaga, Golegã Municipality, District of Santarém, it is surrounded by the river Almonda, in whose fertile alluvial pastures horses, cattle and sheep in an environment of rare beauty. Scroll

Veiga Horses

Horse breeding dates back to the time of Rafael José da Cunha. The wood-lined stable, which is still used today, has undergone some work in order to modernize the system with automatic drinking fountains and other equipment, and of the few agricultural facilities that continue to serve the same purpose for which they were created. The great increment to the stud farm was given by the engineer Manuel Tavares Veiga great-grandfather of Manuel Castro Veiga who was agronomist and quite understood in genetics. The stud farm has evolved greatly under its guidance.

Manuel Tavares Veiga selected animals whose morphological and animic characteristics understood better to correspond to the warrior functionality, required to the horses of bullfighting. He used the method of crossbreeding, in order to determine the species within the same breed and the homogeneity necessary to fix their own characteristics. In this way, it fixed the characteristics of the Veiga horses: Beautiful heads, fine, dry and slightly convex, rare and old colors, thin and curly limbs, flexible backs and beautiful malleable necks.

As for her stallions, Coudelaria Veiga has always been very concerned about choosing the ones that show the best moves and that guarantee the well-known features of the stud farm.

An old olive warehouse, which preserves the stone deposits, holds the prizes that the stud farm has been winning over the years.

Incidentally, it is worth mentioning the mare Offer that was champion of the champions in 1981 at the National Agricultural Fair and the stallions Quê-Bá, Bailador, Lidador II, Universo, Nilo, Zimbro II, Bailador II, Dardo II and Danube.

All of them have brilliant titles obtained in the competitions of the specialty and that, for their recognized class, were selected for breeders of the stud farm.

The strong consanguinity of the Veiga horses gives them a great ability to mark their offspring, to convey their characteristics and are therefore used as breeders in a large number of stud farms.

For this reason, its blood plays a very important role in the current panorama of the creation of Portuguese horses in Portugal and abroad, and is involving a significant part of the horse's actual horse.

The export facet plays a major role in the Veiga horses today, and no other horse ranch is even in influence and importance in the countries dedicated to the creation of the Lusitano horse.

Many Veiga stallions have been exported to France, Belgium, England, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, etc., becoming famous, many of them, for their influence on the contingent of the Lusitanian horses of these countries, thus revealing vehicles The breed.

Throughout the ages, the Veiga Stud has provided countless assemblages that became famous in the annals of riding.

In the bullfight on horseback let's remember Marrafa and Pérola by José Casimiro de Almeida, Almonda by António Luís Lopes, Lightning and Rolito by Simão da Veiga Júnior, Fado and Zaragata by Manuel Conde, Gabarola by Pedro Louceiro, Mercury by David Ribeiro Telles, Honored by Paco Ojeda, Neptune by Manuel Vidrié, Opus 72 by Álvaro Domecq, Damascus II by Rui Fernandes, and many others who have given evenings of glory to Conchita Citron, Fernando de Mascarenhas, Fernando Salgueiro, Vasco Jardim, Frederico Cunha, Manuel Jorge Oliveira ...

But above all, let us remember the name of João Branco Nuncio. The Veiga stud was the one that more horses provided to the incomparable tauromáquico rider, being reminded the names of Garoto, Lidador, Santander, Sultán and Pincelin.

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