Breed Released: June 20, 2009 Found On: Grass
Originating in Portugal in 1748, the Alter Real got its name from the town it originated from, Alter, and the fact that real is Portuguese for "royal". Mainly of Andalusian blood, the Alter Real faced extinction when, in the 19th century, Napoleon's troops stole most of the stock and then foreign breeds were introduced, which almost ruined the breed. Reintroducing Andalusians brought the breed back to its current splendor. Bred mainly for use in high school dressage, the Alter Real is an elegant, courageous breed, with high, showy action. It ranges in height from 15-16.1hh.