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A testimony recorded by Dr. Paulo Garcia Palma concerning the origin of horse troops from Colonel Honório Vieira de Andrade Palma, and his own troop.


"(...)The HP troop came with my father from Santa Rita. The troop was raised by his father, from my grandfather’s grandmother. The Captain-major from Franca – Francisco Antonio Diniz Junqueira. The couple´s son of Traituba.

Thus, my father brought the troop from SP in 1980, which belonged to my grandparents.

He bought to his farm, Invernada here in Altinópolis. There was a pasture, a pasture of mares, where that troop would graze I think the first horse was called superb. Then he kept on raising them. I remember when my father used to sell the colts for brick (conto de reis) some bucks, and at that time it was considered very expensive.

This troop continued increasing I remember in the 20s, from 21` to 25` there was a horse, named Mato Grosso. It was a slow one, but he was a breeder. The main horse was Alegre, which came from Pio Avelino our relative from Patrocinio Paulista. Alegre brought to my father´s troop a remarkable feature. Its head. Beautiful head. Broad and deep forehead. I don´t remember its breed. Then other horses appeared, like Faceiro, Mato Grosso and Tango. Tango had a different color from the others, and passed its color to many colts. My father had about 60 mares in his pasture. They used to gather this troop in the corral during winter time. On the other side of the water system in the pasture, there were some asses and donkeys, which he used to raise. That business succeeded, and the most important fact was that my brother had a donkey named Palhaço, which won a prize in an exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in 1936.

But my father kept on being a great raiser and selling colts for (conto de reis). I remember when I was in high school and he paid 2 bucks for its fee, the price of 2 horses, I also remember the priests riding on them in the Batatais school. My father used to take good care of them, but didn´t care much about their hull. The horses were raised without many workers and in a large scale. Later the horse called “Faceiro” appeared together with my brother´s horse, “Camões”. I recall him riding on “Camões”. He was very smooth and smart. It had a broad neck. It used to be every obedient. It´s said that, my father’s mare was sent to São Sebastião do Paraíso (MG) to be grafted there. What “Camões” did, was to improve my father´s troop. Besides being blind of one eye due to an accident, he did improve the troop, and was still smooth. This horse was known as “Alegre” do ”Major”, differently from the previous one called “Alegre” and it used to go from the farm “Amendoim” until the farm Barrosa in one single march, and it rode around 40 kilometers coming back in the afternoon. He was a bit indocile, but had a great march. It was also “tordilho” – lobuno When younger and at the end of its life it was completely predes.., a very hot one, but with an explended march. A real mangalarga. Therefore we stayed with 6 mares each. Luiz, Captain, Major and I, because Tenente had passed away. I didn´t have a “reproducer” but the farm Invernada was very close to Amendoim Farm, so I used to send my mares to engraft “Alegre”.

The I started my breed, which also resulted in Faceiro V, understood?... Which had good descendants, and became National Champions, got it.?

I had a mare called “Mineira” and some very good ones too. Faceiro was a son of Alegre do Major with Mineira. Then Alegre kept on grafting. The first Faceiro was born . Therefore there was consanguinity. Then “Faceiro Capão” appeared, which was the best horse I ‘ve ever had. It was Faceiro IV, which is the father of the last Faceiro, which died. Faceiro Capão produced those remarkable mares, which are the best ones I have. It was called Faceiro Capao, because Antonio Egidio couldn't ride well. The horse was a little wild..so he insisted, as we had another Faceiro we decided to “capar”, because as I said before, it was wild.. and we kept on, Luiz with his troop, and I with mine..Thus Major Garcia split his troop.. Luiz stayed with Major’s mares, and Capitão quit..so, Luiz and I were the ones who had a troop.. Luiz preferred Camoes troop, to the Troop from Alegre do Major.

So Luiz started to use Faceiro’s semen, after I had sent him to the farm.

Faceiro stayed on the farm for a long time, and Luiz had some breed out of him.

Now we are accepting different horses. The vet, for instance. Came to my farmand said: “ listen to me, you don’t need to go there anymore”, you have an excellent troop. I can see it’s a real Marchador Mangalarga., with a best quality, and from the old ones.. it has a weak hip, but with a great march..and you could go to Juiz de Fora to bring more horses..so I went there and I brought Herdade Fidalgo(3)and Herdade Platino (4). Now I see Herdade Fidalgo being honored with his daughter, because there is a mare at Luiz's farm and a colt at her feet..which is from my breed..she is the best of all!!awesome, incredible!!she is a sister of one which was a national champion, Platinos daughter..over there in Minas de Gerais.

I know I have the troop at this condition..its asked:which horse ids the most important one? Of course it was Alegre..the first one..but later the others came..

Which one has been the greatest one lately? Alegre do Major, was the greatest..

Nowadays the super one with no doubt was Camoes. Camoes was the ideal horse. Some time ago I rode Faceiro, I mean 4 years ago.. it looks like Camões... Thank God our troop is awarded on regional, state and federal fields..We are considered to be one of the best Mangalarga Marchador breeders at Associação Brasileira de Cavalo Mangalarga..thats why our contribution is fundamental.. I did, for instance, spent. 50 years choosing a good “reproducer”, which marched the way I liked it..a soft and smooth march..And I still have it on my troop..so we continued..Let’s see if we make progress. I call José Luiz attention, who must be listening to me, to take good care of my little mare which is at his farm now.. This mare is a daughter of Platinos with my mare, Serena. (which was a daughter of Faceiro Capão). this little mare is the best thing I could ever breed among horses..

That's it!

Good Bye, God Bless You (...)"

[1] Nota do Autor: esta é a matriz P.G.P. Mineira, registro no. 3923-4 na A.B.C.C.M.M. Outras éguas de Paulo Garcia Palma que foram registradas em Livro Aberto na mesma época: Faceira, Trigueira, Mangueira e Lagoa.
[2] Nota do Autor: as primeiras matrizes registradas em Livro Aberto por Luiz Garcia Palma – 'Esperança' são: Macaca, Cigarra e Fortaleza (mãe de Hippie).
[3] Herdade Fidalgo – Herdade Cobre x Herdade Soberana, nascido em 29 de Outubro de 1979, criação de José de Andrade Reis na Fazenda Herdade (Simão Pereira-MG)
[4] Herdade Platino – Tabatinga Predileto x Herdade Prata, nascido em 20 de Novembro de 1977, criação de José de Andrade Reis na Fazenda Herdade (Simão Pereira-MG)


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