Alter Real
By Robert Riesmeyer, Founder of Travel Unrivaled

Embracing the Elegance of the Alter Real

A Journey Through Time and Tradition

In the heart of Portugal, amidst the rolling landscapes and whispering winds, lies a testament to the grace and grandeur of one of the most majestic creatures on Earth—the Alter Real horse. A journey to understand this magnificent breed is not merely an exploration of its bloodlines and history but an immersive experience into a tradition that has been passionately preserved for centuries. It beckons adventurers and equine enthusiasts alike to the Coudelaria de Alter, a sanctuary where the legacy of the Alter Real horses continues to flourish.

The Genesis of Grace: The Alter Real Horse

The story of the Alter Real horse is a captivating tale woven into the fabric of Portuguese culture and heritage. Originating in the 18th century, this breed was developed by the Portuguese royal family, who sought to create a horse that epitomized elegance, agility, and strength. By selectively breeding Iberian horses, particularly those of Andalusian lineage, they gave birth to the Alter Real, a symbol of nobility and a companion in both war and peace.

What sets the Alter Real apart is not just its striking physical appearance—characterized by a noble head, arched neck, and powerful build—but its spirited yet gentle temperament. Renowned for their intelligence and willingness to learn, these horses have a grace that is almost balletic, making them a favorite for classical dressage and high school equestrian disciplines. The breed’s resilience and adaptability trace back to its ancestors’ roles in battle, showcasing a remarkable blend of vigor and docility.

The Sanctuary of Tradition: Coudelaria de Alter Horse Farm

Nestled in the Alentejo region of Portugal, the Coudelaria de Alter (Alter Stud Farm) stands as a bastion of equestrian tradition and the epicenter of the Alter Real breed’s preservation. Founded in 1748 by King João V, the farm was established with the noble aim of providing the royal court and its cavalry with the finest horses. Today, it serves a dual purpose: safeguarding the Alter Real breed’s purity and promoting equestrian culture.

Visiting Coudelaria de Alter is akin to stepping into a living museum where each corner tells a story of dedication, passion, and respect for equine heritage. The farm’s sprawling landscapes, dotted with ancient oak trees and bordered by traditional whitewashed stables, offer a serene backdrop to the daily ballet of hooves and hearts beating in unison. It is here that one can witness the meticulous care and training that go into nurturing each horse, ensuring that the legacy of the Alter Real continues to thrive.

The Journey of Discovery: Experiencing Coudelaria de Alter

Embarking on a journey to Coudelaria de Alter is not just about observing; it’s about connecting with the essence of the Alter Real breed and understanding the depth of Portugal’s equestrian culture. The farm offers guided tours that allow visitors to delve into the history of the stud farm, witness the majestic beauty of the horses in their natural environment, and even experience the thrill of riding an Alter Real under the guidance of skilled equestrians.

For those who seek a deeper connection, the farm organizes demonstrations of classical dressage, showcasing the Alter Real horses’ remarkable abilities and the harmonious relationship they share with their riders. These performances are a testament to the centuries-old training methods that emphasize respect, patience, and a deep understanding of the horse’s nature.

The Legacy Lives On: Preserving the Alter Real Breed

The journey of the Alter Real and Coudelaria de Alter is a continuous one, fueled by the dedication of breeders, trainers, and equestrian enthusiasts who are committed to preserving this unique heritage. The farm’s breeding program is a careful balance of tradition and science, ensuring the genetic diversity and health of the breed while maintaining its distinctive characteristics.

In a world where modernity often overshadows tradition, the efforts to preserve the Alter Real breed remind us of the importance of heritage and the timeless bond between humans and horses. It is a call to future generations to cherish and continue the legacy of these magnificent creatures.

The Call to Adventure: Why Visit Coudelaria de Alter?

For adventurers and dreamers like us, a visit to Coudelaria de Alter is more than a journey—it’s an invitation to immerse ourselves in the beauty of tradition, to connect with the spirit of the Alter Real, and to be part of a legacy that transcends time. It’s an opportunity to witness firsthand the culmination of centuries of passion, dedication, and love for the equestrian arts.

Whether you’re an equine enthusiast, a history buff, or simply in search of a unique adventure, Coudelaria de Alter offers an unparalleled experience. It’s a chance to explore the depths of Portugal’s equestrian culture, to ride through history, and to leave with unforgettable memories and a profound appreciation for the noble Alter Real


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