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Breeds of Livestock - Campolina Horses

Breeds of Livestock - Campolina Horses


campol1.jpgThe Campolina breed was formed in Entre Rios de Minas, Minas Gerais in Brazil. The breed was developed by Cassiano Campolina on his farm, Fazenda Tamque. Mr. Campolina began his horse operation in 1857; however, most people agree that the real development of the breed was in 1870 when he received a black mare named "Medéia" from a friend. This mare was Brazilian ( Barb Blood) and was bred by a pure Andalusian stallion belonging to Mariano Procópio who had received it as a present of the emperor Dom Pedro II. Medéia gave birth to a beautiful dark gray colt, a half blood Andalusian, named "Monarca", which is considered the founder of the Campolina breed. He served during 25 years in the herd of  "Fazenda Tanque". Since the beginning, Cassiano Campolina concentrated his work of selection and genetic improvement in obtaining animals of great brio(performance) and smooth gait. Not only Monarca but several other stallions of other breeds have also influenced significantly in the formation of the Campolina breed: The Mangalarga Marchador breed was used with the purpose of bringing better refinement to the Campolina.  In 1934 the herdbook was closed and the introduction of outside breeds was no longer accepted. The Breed Standard was created at this time and the standard was updated in 1975.



Bahia's Campolina Horse Club, Av. Luiz Viana Filho s/n Parque de Exposições do Salvador, São Cristovão - Salvador - Bahia - Brazil ZIP Code: 41635-570 Tel: Fax: E-mail:

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Lucas Aleixo, Brazil


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