S & S Stables is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. We are located about 20 minutes west of Charlottesville, and in the middle of Virginia wine country. We breed, train, compete and sell Pura Raza Espanola (P.R.E.) Andalusians.
We breed Pura Raza Espanola Andalusian bloodlines imported from Ecija, Spain. The ‘Pura Raza Espanola’ (P.R.E.), or ‘Pure Spanish Horse’ first originated in Spain and came ashore in America on Spanish galleons. The breed is preserved by highly regulated by international standards.
The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries. Throughout its history, it has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government, and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses. During the 19th century, warfare, disease and crossbreeding reduced herd numbers dramatically, and despite some recovery in the late 19th century, the trend continued into the early 20th century. Exports of Andalusians from Spain were restricted until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread throughout the world, despite still-low population numbers. In 2010, there were more than 185,000 registered Andalusians worldwide.
The name Pura Raza Española (PRE), translated as “Pure Spanish Horse,” is the term used by the ANCCE, a private organization, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Spain. The ANCCE uses neither the term “Andalusian” nor “Lusitano”, and only registers horses that have certain recognized bloodlines. In addition, all breeding stock must undergo an evaluation process. The ANCCE was founded in 1972. Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture recognizes the ANCCE as the representing entity for PRE breeders and owners across the globe, as well as the administrator of the breed stud book. ANCCE functions as the international parent association for all breeders worldwide who record their horses as PRE.
Salón Internacional del Caballo is the PRE National show held annually the 3rd week in November in Sevilla, Spainand the largest gathering of PRE horses in the world.