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Welcome to our August Newsletter

Coming Soon:, featuring:

  • Spanish saddles and Zaldi dressage saddles
  • Stylish Spanish Riding boots
  • Traditional and Modern Riding Wear
  • A full range of quality equestrian products at reasonable prices

In this Issue:

  • National Breed Show
  • Next Viewing Trip
  • The Price of a Spanish Horse
  • Latest Sales List

New horses on:

Updated 1st August

2006 National Breed Show

The breed show happens to fall on the same date as a close friend's wedding, so this year I have had to make a tough decision between business and pleasure, even tougher for me because my business is my passion.  A work/life balance is a challenge to achieve with so many frequent trips to Spain, so I have decided to redress the balance and go to the wedding.  I would like to wish all our clients who will be showing at the show, the very best of luck and a very enjoyable weekend to all of you who will go to spectate.  I thoroughly encourage anyone considering buying a Spanish horse to go to the show, not only to see the variety of Spanish types, but also to see the versatility and fun these horses offer for pleasure and competition.


Next Viewing Trip: 10 - 14 August

I will be going to the North of Spain next week and have some availability for viewing left.  Last minute day or overnight return flights can be found to Barcelona or Girona from most regional airports.  If you would like to know which horses are available for viewing in this region and would like to book a visit, please contact me and I will arrange all the details for you.

Please contact me to start your own Spanish Horse Quest

Tel: +44 (0) 7879846330


Yeguada Velasco - Exclusive to Spanish Horse Quest in the UK

Linda Harper, Dressage trainer and judge says of her recently imported magnificient young stallion (see left) bred and schooled by the Yeguada Velasco Stud:

"I was looking for a taller spanish horse with very good  paces and straight movement suitable for competitive dressage. I couldn't be happier with Cupido.  He is lovely to ride, very comfortable and willing, I don't want to get off.  I have to remember he is young, if he wasn't 3.1/2 yrs I would do a novice test on him tomorrow.  The stud did a super job bringing him on correctly, I was impressed with the "setup". I will continue the good work and keep him going gently untill he is a little older.

Many thanks Sophie, for all your help.  Everything seemed to work out so well, I kind of feel it was meant to be."


Not only do our clients recognise the high quality of horses sourced by us, but it has come to our attention that our competitors have noticed too and have contacted some of the breeders we work with to try to offer the same horses.  We consider this a great compliment and despite their efforts, we remain the sole UK agent for Yeguada Velasco, a modern breeder breeding a very much sought after and often hard to find type of Spanish horse with classical looks, ancient bloodlines and modern movement.  We consider this priviledged position a tribute to the good relationships we have established with breeders in Spain. 


For a full sales list for Yeguada Velasco stock from foals to PSG level dressage horses, contact us:

t: +44 (0) 1738 787291

m: +44 (0) 7899 846330



The Price of a Spanish Horse?

From Top: Quality PREs under 10,000, Beautiful Black PRE stallion over 20,000, Quality Partbred Gelding 4,900, PSG dressage stallion 17,500, quality youngstock from 5,000. An example of the range of high quality horses from Spanish Horse Quest. For more details, contact Sophie.

Those new to Spanish or Iberian horses can seem startled at the prices of the breed, thinking along the lines of surely horses from Spain must be cheaper than in the UK or isn't Spain a bit like Ireland with a good supply of quality horses at bargain prices or I can get a German warmblood for 8,000, so why would I spend 20,000 on a PRE?  Somewhat more bewildering is where to start with budget, particularly when you can open a page of UK sales magazines and see 'Andalusians' for 2,000 and Black PRE stallions for P.O.A. which those brave enough to enquire will get a very full 5 figure response.  The range of prices is as varied as the quality available. 


PRE or Andalusian?

'Andalusian' has become the general term used to refer to a Spanish horse.  A PRE (Pura Raza Espanola) is the Pure Bred Spanish Horse or Andalusian.  The confusion arises because people use the general term 'Andalusian' to cover unregistered horses that have failed their grading for PRE status, horses that have not been presented for grading and partbred Spanish horses, as well as the PRE.  This allows unscrupulous sellers to sell 'Andalusians' at 2,000 or worse still for the price of a PRE!  For further information on the PRE/Andalusian see and


Quality PREs generally range from 4,000 to 200,000.  This seemingly huge price range encompasses youngstock to Grand Prix dressage stallions.  Bloodlines, coat, training, conformation, character, competition record and a whole range of factors come into play to determine price.  Here at Spanish Horse Quest, we do not believe there is such a thing as a bargain horse, there is only very good value.  You get what you pay for.  A 'bargain horse' can end up costing you a lot more than you bargained for!  We are here to guide you through the maze of reasons why some horses are worth more than others and to help you find the best quality horse at the best value for your budget, as well as your dreams.  We want to see the breed grow and prosper and we see ourselves as playing an important role in their international reputation by ensuring that people have access to the best quality available in Spain, rather than picking off the poor quality horses that the Spanish don't want and trying to make a quick buck or two.  We only want to see horses of the highest quality sold through Spanish Horse Quest, whether they are 2,000 or 200,000.  This is important for our reputation and the reputation of the breed as a whole.


As famous breeder, Miguel Angel de Cardenas said: "The Andalusian has always been a highly priced horse, always, since it was created by Phillip II.  It was a horse for the nobility, the high hierarchies of the church, etc., it has always been expensive and it should go on being expensive."


We have a selection of good quality Spanish horses (PREs and partbreds) under 10,000, as well as horses up to 200,000.  We respect people's budgets and our aim is not to make to you spend to your limit, but to ensure that you get the best quality and value for your money.  We do this through sourcing high quality in the first place and weedling out the poor quality horses, then through negotiation, advising and securing the right horse for you.  The more specific and honest you can be about your budget, the better we can serve you.  It is not in our interests to inflate the market by selling overpriced horses as this will only come back on us, it is in our interest to have happy clients and successful partnerships who go on to recommend us and use us again and again.


Contact Sophie with your budget details:

M: 0789 9846330

T: 01738 787291






I run a very personal service sourcing horses to match your specifications and dreams. With a wealth of trusted contacts with breeders and trainers all over Spain, I can offer you the choice of the best Spanish horses at competitive prices. My aim is to ensure you have the opportunity to enjoy this special experience in a safe, unpressurised environment, while I do the legwork for you.

Start your own quest with Spanish Horse Quest today!

Best wishes,

Sophie Norman
Spanish Horse Quest

mobile: 0789 9846330 office: 01738 787291



Current For Sale List

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Ref:1244 Show Detail
  PSL Lusitano Grey Stallion 167cm +/-

Price(Euros): 51,000 - 100,000

Born: 2010

Advanced lusitano doing all grand prix work, very good one tempi flying changes, pirouettes and piaffe. Very accurate, diligent and expressive. Ready ...

Ref:1243 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Grey Stallion 165cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2016

Exceptional mover! Elite PRE stallion with out of this world gaits, stunning conformation and ancient bloodlines. World class show, dressage and stud ...

Ref:1242 Show Detail
  Lusitano X Warmblood (CDE) Dark Bay Stallion 164cm

Price(Euros): P.O.A.

Born: 2009

Stunning elite FEI stallion competing Intermediere II, working Grand Prix. Super piaffe, passage and tempi-changes. Lovely active hindleg, uphill pace ...

Ref:1240 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Dark Bay Stallion 165cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2014

Stunning big moving stallion with great prospects for high level dressage. Expressive movement, uphill canter, self carriage, gorgeous baroque dark ba ...

Ref:1239 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Palomino Stallion 166cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2103

Gorgeous and rare palomino PRE. Lovely temperament, basic training, super nice horse. Top quality choice for a breeder, rare to get a palomino of this ...

Ref:1238 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Grey Stallion 164cm

Price(Euros): 10,000 - 25,000 euro

Born: 167cm

Top class FEI potential stallion with three excellent gaits, amazing uphill canter, super trainable temperament, perfect for dressage. 16.2hh to make ...

Ref:1237 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Bay Stallion 168cm/16.2hh

Price(Euros): P.O.A.

Born: 2004

Exclusive Elite International Grand Prix Stallion! We have witnessed this horse go from strength to strength and ultimate success with an impressive c ...

Ref:1236 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Black Stallion 164cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2009

Beautiful black stallion doing lateral work, half pass, flying changes and pirouettes. A dream horse for amateur or young rider dressage, super and ea ...

Ref:1235 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Grey Stallion 162cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2014

Very handsome grey stallion with tonnes of mane, very typical looks and top quallity gaits. Amazing walk and canter for dressage, great extension, nob ...

Ref:1234 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Bay Stallion 163cm

Price(Euros): 26,000 - 50,000

Born: 2014

Quality young dark bay stallion with competition experience. Three good gaits, super canter, great temperament and lots of beauty. Will make very nice ...

Ref:1233 Show Detail
  PRE X Lusitano Palomino Gelding 165cm +/-

Price(Euros): 51,000 - 100,000

Born: 2011

Exceptional palomino CDE (Spanish Sportshorse) gelding with expressive movement, active hindleg and a high level of training including flying changes. ...

Ref:1232 Show Detail
  PRE Andalusian Grey Gelding 165cm +/-

Price(Euros): 10,000 - 25,000 euro

Born: 2014

Top class future dressage horse. Super movement, great attitude to work, active hindleg and foreleg lift, expressive, exciting and full of potential. ...

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