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Competitive Dressage Results for 2006 (Andalusians, Lusitanos, Crossbreds)...

by Donna DeYoung

Introduction

Using the online United States Dressage Federation (USDF) database, I have compiled some results and un-official statistics for the first half of the 2005/2006 dressage season. This season typically runs from the fall of the previous year to the fall of the present year.

The results were tabulated in May 2006 and considered most tests run since last fall 2005.

Number of Horses and Types of Breeds

Total number of horses analyzed: 123
Number of “Andalusians” represented: 57
Number of Lusitanos represented: 23
Number of crosses (Andalusian or Lusitano crossbred) represented: 43

Percentage of breed type analyzed.
Andalusian – 46%
Lusitano – 19%
Crosses – 35%

In other words, most of the horses competing at open USDF shows are Andalusians, followed by crossbreds, and then by Lusitanos. The most represented breed type of these three is the Andalusian.

Where Are The Andalusians and Lusitanos Competing?

The USDF is divided into regions, with each state hosting a variety of open dressage shows.

States with most Andalusian and Lusitano horses competing – Florida, California, Texas.

Number of states in which Andalusians/Lusitanos/crosses compete in dressage: 17

Number of states with 5 or fewer Andalusians/Lusitanos/crosses competing: 13

At What Levels are Andalusians & Lusitanos Competing?

Level at which most horses are competing: Training
Level at which fewest horses are competing: Grand Prix

What Kinds of Scores are They Receiving?

The scale of marks for dressage is as follows:

10 Excellent
9 Very Good
8 Good
7 Fairly Good
6 Satisfactory
5 Sufficient
4 Insufficient
3 Fairly Bad
2 Bad
1 Very Bad
0 Not executed

On the open dressage circuit, horses getting 60s are considered pretty good, horses getting 70s generally win ribbons/championships, and horses in the 80s are few and far between but exceptional. Scores in the 40s and 50s are not desirable.

Aprox. 8% of the scores (from all breeds of Andalusian, Lusitano, and Crosses) are in the 40s, 45% in the 50s, 45% in the 60s, and 4% in the 70s. 

In other words, almost more than half of the Iberian breeds are getting scores below 60 (bordering on insufficient)…while slightly more than half are getting scores 60 or above. Only a small percentage are getting “fairly good” scores above satisfactory.

Scores for Andalusian: Overall, 13% of Andalusian scores are in the 40s, 44% in the 50s, 44% in the 60s, and 3% in the 70s.

Scores for Lusitanos: Overall, 3% of Lusitano scores are in the 40s, 44% in the 50s, 49% in the 60s, and 6% in the 70s.

Scores for Crosses: Overall, 6% of Crossbred scores are in the 40s, 49% in the 50s, 46% in the 60s, and 0% in the 70s.

To sum up, Lusitanos scored slightly higher while Andalusians had the most scores in the 40s. Few horses are scoring in the 70s, and no scores were recorded in the 80s. 

The horses which scored in the 70s included:

Andalusian – Gibraltar, Legacy’s Conquistador del Sol, Pavane, Rociero XV
Lusitano – Jalifa, Margan de Destinado, Que Ba HM, Umbar Interagro

What Does This Mean for the Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Breed?

The results of this study confirm that although more Iberian breeds are competing in dressage, they are still more numerous in the lower levels and at the lower scores than at the higher levels with scores in the 70s.

If you own a free-moving, easily striding, Andalusian or Lusitano that behaves nicely, gives extensions, and is a willing and spectacular mover – you are probably in the minority. On the good side, you are also on your way to winning quite a few breed awards where they are available and you are a good ambassador for the breed.

If you own a choppy, quick trotting, winging Iberian horse who is over-collected, over-bent, and not well-versed in the basics – you are probably in the majority. Welcome to the crowd. We still have a long way to go with the Iberian breed in dressage.

Statistics Used in the Article

Number of Andalusian/Lusitano horses competing per state

Arizona – 2
California – 32
Colorado – 2
Florida – 45
New York – 1
Indiana – 1
Louisiana – 1
Missouri -2
Mississippi – 2
North Carolina – 2
New Jersey – 5
Virginia – 6
New Mexico – 2
Oklahoma – 1
Oregon – 3
Texas – 11
Wisconsin – 3

Number of Andalusian/Lusitano horses competing in different levels

Training – 41
First – 32
Second - 31
Third – 22
Fourth – 15
Intermediare I – 6
Intermediare II- 4
Prix St George- 12
Grand Prix – 1
Freestyle, 4th – 1
Freestyle, Intermed. I – 2
Freestyle, 1st – 3

Scores (all Iberian breeds):
40s – 15 / 8%
50s – 85 / 45%
60s – 84 / 45%
70s – 8 / 4%
___ total 187

Scores (Andalusians)
40s – 10 / 12.5%
50s – 40 / 45.5%
60s - 35 / 39.8%
70s – 3 / 3.4%
___ total 88

Scores (Lusitanos)
40s – 2 / 3%
50s – 28 / 42.4%
60s – 32 / 48.5% 
70s – 4 / 6%
___ total 66

Scores (Crosses)
40s – 2 / 6%
50s – 16 / 48.5%
60s – 15 / 45.5%
70s – 0 / 0 %
___ total 33

Horses in the Survey

Andalusians

(Horse Name is followed State Abbreviation)
Adagio CA 
Alaberto CA 
Amando IV FL 
Amaral FL, NY 
Baena H TX 
Bandolero CLXXVI CO 
Belleza SMDR TX 
Bizarro XX CA 
Brillante de la Parra CA 
Brilloso FL 
Caballero G FL 
Carissima de Teodoro CA 
Cartujo VII FL 
Casquillo I TX 
Castle Oak Brillante CA 
Ebano 6 CA 
El Gavilan CA 
El Paso Aricos MS 
Electrizar TX 
Embajador SMDR CA 
Eridano I CA 
Espanol XVII OK 
Faraon 31 FL 
Fuerto G MO 
Ganadero CA 
Gibraltar FL 
Gorron GF FL 
Grandioso FL 
Habanero OR 
Halcyon's Kasab FL 
Hercules GS FL 
Hombre NM 
Idilio FL 
Imperioso D TX 
Isabella VA 
Jaleo CA 
Jerezano D TX 
Justico FL 
Legacy's Conquistador del Sol FL 
Mariscal XXIV CA 
Mejorano FL 
Mi Querida AZ 
Montero V CA 
Obe Juan CA 
Paraiso V FL 
Pavane TX 
Philipe I CA 
Rociero XV CA 
Rodrigo RL VA 
Santo WI 
Sarape I MO 
Sonador XVIII FL 
Tibante FL 
Tramontana TX 
Tronc FL 
Ula CA 
Winterfest TX 


Crosses

(Horse Name is followed State Abbreviation)

Asturias Ex FL 
Candescence CA 
CCRS Mariscal LA 
Christiano CA 
Despiertas Rubia WI 
Don Pedro FL 
Elegancia OR 
Imperious FL 
Instananeo VA 
Isabella G NC 
Katrina VA 
La Maja FL 
Leonardo MC MS 
Locero FL 
Nikolas SF IN 
Onxy Knight CO 
Poco Rosado NC 
Promeso FL 
PTC Postinita FL 
Rapaz VA 
Remante Bree CA 
Santo Iago TX 
Valiente Corazon TX 


Lusitanos

(Horse Name is followed State Abbreviation)

Jabuticada OR 
Jalifa NJ, VA 
Margan de Destinado FL 
Nico CA 
Nirvana Interagro FL 
Organico HM NJ 
Orson Ge FL 
Pallas Interagro FL 
Pirata du Pura FL 
Pitagoras Interagro CA 
Quarteto do Top CA 
Que Ba HM FL 
Quemacho Hi FL 
Querubin Do Vouga WI 
Quimero TX 
Regalo AZ 
Regente Interagro FL 
Roncatti Hi CA 
Sabia Dos Pinhais NM 
Salizar NJ 
Sargon Interagro FL 
Signo Das Manguerias FL 
Sparticus Interagro FL 
Sultao HM VA 
Supremo NJ 
Tabeneiro Do Vouga FL 
Talisman CA 
Telurico NJ 
Teorema CA 
Toleirao da Broa FL 
Tonus Do Ipe FL 
Tornado Da Raposa FL 
Tufao Interagro FL 
Ucrania Do Arete CA 
Ultimo Interagro FL 
Umbar Interagro FL 
Vencedor Interagro FL 
Venturoso HM CA 
Verdugo Interagro CA 
Vitoria HM CA 
Vocabulario Interagro CA 
Volturno Interagro FL 


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