The world of horses in Uruguay

Horses are a prevalent part of life in Uruguay. Gauchos working in the Uruguayan countryside still use horses to move cattle and mend fences. Recyclers in Montevideo use horse-drawn carts to collect and move their goods. Besides that, there are hundreds of horse competitions and events each year including a variety of riding competitions, rodeos, horse races, polo tournaments, group trail rides, shows, and auctions.

Uruguay’s Department of Tourism recently released a video listing a few of the many Uruguayan horse events held in 2011 to provide you with a taste of The World of Horses in Uruguay.

Uruguay horse events cited in video:

Gran Premio Ramírez enero 2011
Ramírez Grand Prix, January 2011

Arabes, Tacuarembó Endurance Remate Conrad enero 2011
Arabs,  Tacuarembó Endurance Conrad Auction January 2011

Cabalgata SCCCU (Sociedad de Criadores de Caballos Criollos)  febrero 2011
Creole Horse Breeders Society Ride in Rocha February 2011

Cabalgata Piriapolis febrero 2011
Piriapolis Ride February 2011

Gramado Congreso Criollos marzo 2011
Gramado Creole Congress March 2011 (in Sariano Resort)

Remate Criollos Solanas marzo 2011
Solanas Creole Auction March 2011

Feria Internacional Equitana abril 2011
Equitana International Fair April 2011

Inspecciones Criollos San Pedro de Timote abril 2011
Criolles Inspections San Pedro de Timote April 2011

Expo Otoño 6a Fiesta del Caballo, Prado mayo 2011
Fall Expo: Sixth Fiesta of the horse, Prado May 2011

Uruguay Horse News Extras: 

Uruguay horse and rider in the news 
A nine-year-old gelding from Uruguay named Vendaval ridden by a 15 year-old Uruguayan boy named Martin Stirling made international news this month when they won the 120 kilometer FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors held in the United Arab Emirates.

Magdalena Odriozola, the owner of Vendaval, has a small farm in Uruguay where she trains four horses. Martin is a neighbor of Odiozola who came over to ride her horses.

The most famous horse from Uruguay 
Perhaps the most famous horse to come out of Uruguay was a thoroughbred named Invisor. Invasor was purchased as a two-year-old from a farm near Buenos Aires by three Uruguayans (Pablo Hernandez and brothers Juan Luis and Luis Alberto Vio Bado) for 20,000 US dollars.

Henandez and the brothers brought Invisor to Uruguay and trained him to race. Invisor won the Urguayan Triple Crown in 2005. After that, he was sold to Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for 1.4 million US dollars. The Shiek flew Invisor to Florida in the US for additional training. Invisor went on to win the Churchill Downs Breeder’s Cup Classic in 2006 and the Dubai World Cup in 2007 – bringing in close to 8 million US dollars during his short racing career.

If you do a search for “Invisor” on Youtube you will find many video tributes to this great Uruguayan raised race horse.


Karin said...

Very interesting - and I love horses!!

Lisa said...

Nice article! Looks like a beautiful place to visit and enjoy horses!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the post! Any idea how difficult it is to import horses from the US?

Paradise Uruguay said...

Rachel, The following information is from a Martin de Larrobla in Punta del Este. He is a real estate agent and checked on bringing horses to Uruguay for a client. This is what martin says: Regarding horses, I seem to recall (I did this once for one of our clients) the procedure is to find a customs broker here in Uruguay. He will in turn get in touch with someone in the U.S. and receive the horse at a quarantine area near Miami's airport. After some twenty days or so, the horse can be flown to Uruguay where again it will be put in quarantine for a month or a bit longer. After that the horse is release to the owner and transported to the final destination.
The most important part is to find someone here in Uruguay familiar with the process and also with the connections abroad.