(last updated 25/08/2013)




Tobarra Feria

    This is held each year in mid-August.

    During the Feria we perform occasionally in the Tobarra bullring, on the last occasion with a display of 9 of our

    horses (plus a foal at foot) being ridden, worked in hand and on the long rein and with a Cobra, or lote de yeguas

    (string of 3 or more mares), worked from the back of one of our stallions. Also a driving display.

    Richard often starts the performance working the stud's bay stallion Rumboso in hand with Spanish walk, piaffe,

    passage and levade, then working Malabar through canter half pass, shoulder in, travers and flying changes on the

    long rein.

    Then Richard and Galeon (one of our Lusitano stallions) usually put on a driving display, performing canter

    pirouettes, with the gig turning on its axis, flying changes, rein backs, Vaquera stops etc., followed by work on

    one of the stud's PRE stallions; Oloroso or the Lusitano stallion Edo.

    Richard sometimes closes the show with a lote de yeguas (Cobra) of three of the stud's mares, Oretana (she can

    be seen on the front cover of ANCCE's 'Libro de las Ganaderías - Pura Raza Española' and the 2004 Zotal calander),

    Brincadora and Seductora, with any foals at foot and with the mares wearing just the traditional neck collars,

    through walk, trot and canter on both reins plus full pass around the bullring. Then Richard mounts one of the stud's

    stallions or Vaquera horses and continues to work them while mounted. This may include canter on the right rein,

    with the 'inside' mare turning on the spot, then in reverse, with Richard performing turn on the forehand on the

    mounted horse while the outside mare canters anti-clockwise with the rest of the mares in line. They also perform

    rein back with the mares and ridden horse in a straight line, full pass around the ring and to finish the mares

    gathered in a circle around Richard and his horse, before peeling back to a straight line to end the performance.


    Yeguada Iberica sometimes have some of their own horses for sale, all registered in the Spanish State Studbook

    with the Jefatura de Cria Caballar (FESCCR), or ANCCE, microchipped and with proper PRE passports and arrange

    vetting for transport and all the necessary export and transport documentation for their clients.


Rounding up fighting bulls in the country

    Each year those fighting bulls allowed to roam free in the mountains of our region are 'herded' by Vaqueros into

    stockades in the villages during the winter. Richard takes part in many of these round-ups and recently some film of

    the area where one of the round-ups takes place was put on YouTube. We also sometimes ride on the sandy

    beaches of the Embalse de Talave shown on this clip:



Easter parades

    Some of the biggest parades in Europe take place each Easter in our local town Tobarra! We normally have in

    excess of 30,000 visitors, even 40,000 have apparently been recorded. This year (2013) the parades run from 24th

    to 31st March.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8yUI4C4LgG8


Carriage driving

    Interested in a driving holiday, driving lessons or weekend driving break?

    We have a choice of Gig for driving a single horse, Spanish Phaeton for pairs or teams. Contact us if this interests



La Garrocha

    We have a number of horses trained to work with the garrocha and we are finding this is becoming more popular with

    our riding guests each year.


The Cobra

    Another discipline becoming more popular with our overseas guests is working a lote do yeguas, o Cobra. We can

    show how to set up and train a Cobra and fit guests can have a go themselves!


Doma Vaquera

    We have recently added a superb Anglo Arab Doma Vaquera horse to our gang. He is a big boy, but very agile,

    strong and well balanced. Ideal for advanced riders and high level Doma Vaquera.


New updated Spanish Tack & Riding Clothing guide

    We have just updated and expanded Traje Corto - our comprehensive guide. This explains what is considered

    'correct' or authentic in Spain for horse and rider in competition, showing, Doma Classica, Doma Vaquera, Amazona

    (side saddle)  and the Feria and also for walking in the Feria.



    A  recent short film of Tobarra has been put on YouTube



Want to buy a Spanish (PRE) horse?

    When buying PRE’s outside Spain, it can sometimes prove difficult to find a really good quality Spanish horse at a

    sensible price. In other countries the cost for an ‘average’ PRE may be more than the cost of a really good

    PRE bought in Spain.

    When buying a Purebred Spanish Horse from Spain remember to consider the type of organisation you are buying

    from. A reputable and established stud has a valuable reputation to protect and the horses it sells will reflect

    on the quality of the stock the stud produces. Their good stock they proudly sell, any lesser quality stock they may

    produce is quietly passed on, often to dealers/brokers, so usually if you deal directly with a reputable stud you will

    be buying good stock directly from source. Dealers and brokers don't have this ongoing reputation for breeding

    quality to consider, so move horses on and usually collect them from more or less any source. The horse you buy

    from a dealer/broker may be good, may be bad, but does not reflect on any reputation applicable to the

    dealer/broker for breeding quality, so studs could be compared to manufacturer's new car showroom and

    dealers/brokers to second hand car dealers (by definition second hand horse sellers), although that doesn't mean

    you can't buy a good second hand car, or horse!


Articles on this site:


Spanish Tack and Riding Clothing Guide


Show Training - Showing the Spanish Horse


Doma Vaquera, La Garrocha & Acoso y Derribo


Saddle Sizing and Fitting Guide


The Cobra - History, competition & training


Guide to the Vaquera saddle


Leather for saddles & tack - quality & terminology





Published in Horse & Hound magazine

October 2007






























     Have you wondered what Natural Horsemanship, Horse Whisperer or Horse Communicator means?

     We don't call ourselves whisperers or communicators, but we believe we have a natural approach to horses;

    our 15 or so riding stallions work quietly together in the school or in hand, ride out with our mares or when Richard

    works a group of mares (lote de yeguas) while riding one of them. You don't hear raised voices or see horses pulled

    or pushed around at our stud or our riding centre, so you could say we communicate - quietly!