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Reading & Video Resources

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse is please to present to the public the library resources at our International Resource Center for the Pure Spanish Horse. These wonderful books are available to scholars or P.R.E. aficionados by visiting the International Resource Center for the P.R.E., which also houses the headquarters of The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse.

The collection includes those books which are currently in The Foundation's library along with the addition of our recent gift of 30 P.R.E. horse books owned by Vaughan Smith from the family of Vaughan.

We have recently acquired Video Tapes from the Estate of Vaughan Smith through a generous donation by his business partner and children. Click on the link below to view the titles.

Click here to view Vaughan's BOOK Collection.

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About the P.R.E.

Many books have been written on the culture surounding the Pure Spanish Horse. The list below is in the Foundation's current collection and are highly recommended.

Las Mejores Ganaderias del Mundo Pura Raza Española. Volumes I and II. Published by Caballos Campeones, S.L., Barcelona, Spain. Each volume contains a pictorial history complemented by side-by-side English and Spanish words written on over 30 (per volume) of the best P.R.E. breeding farms in the world. (1)

Las Caballerizas Reales de Córdoba/The Royal Stables of Córdoba.
By Juan Carlos Altamirano. A detailed history of these royal stables built as our breed was codified. Exceptional photos to complement the text in three languages. Brings our breed's history to life. 128 pages. (1)

Historia y Origen del Caballo Español/History and Origins of the Spanish Horse. By Juan Carlos Altamirano. The definitive history of the founding of our breed by King Felipe II. Bilingual Spanish and English. (1) 335 pages.

Historia de los Caballos Cartujanos. By Juan Carlos Altamirano. Myth and fact about the horses which were owned and cared for by the Carthusian monks until the time of the French invasion of Spain. 287 pages. (1)

El Caballo Español: La evolución de su morfología. By Juan Carlos Altamirano. Focuses on the process which created the morphology of the P.R.E. Bilingual. 383 pages. (1)

El Libro de los Hierros/The Book of the Brands. By Juan Carlos Altamirano. Listing the recorded historic as well as current day brands for P.R.E. horses in Spain as well as renown international brands. 346 pages. (1)

Diccionario Ecuestre Español. By Juan Carlos Altamirano. Now in the second edition (2002). Contains words relating to all aspects of horsemanship and horse keeping. (1)

Doma Vaquera. By Luis Ramos Paúl. Description with photos about the art and artistry of riding doma vaquera, as written by one of Spain's foremost riding masters and judges. Hard bound and boxed. 164 pages. (3)

This is the Spanish Horse. By Juan Llamas. Poetic, dynamic, this book not only describes the P.R.E., but also compares it to other breeds. 344 pages. (2)

Este es el Caballo Español. By Juan Llamas. Same book as above, in Spanish. (2)

Caballo Español, Caballo de Reyes. By Juan Llamas. First book by author Juan Llamas, filled with his famous paintings, sketches, and photos of seminal P.R.E. horses and text to complement, describing the P.R.E.'s history through the 20th century.
373 pages. (2)

Tradición Vaquera: Atuendo y Arreos. By Juan Llamas. The riding style native to Spain, explained through words, drawings, poetry, and an experienced judge and rider. 339 pages. (2)

El Caballo Español de Estirpe Cartujana. By Dr. José Sanz Parejo. Interesting history of the horses which carry the Terry or Carthusian brand, including documents about their sale to new owners and early photos. 175 pages. (3)

Por Las Sendas Del Caballo de Pura Raza Española. By Dr. José Sanz Parejo. Exquisite photography, plus brief chapters on the origin, historic antecedents, the P.R.E. today with prototype explained. 221 pages. (3)

El Caballo de Pura Raza Española. By Ignacio Bravo Martínez. Written in a very "speakable" manner, covering topics as diverse as showing to history. Nice photographs of stock of major farms. 183 pages. (3)

Bullfighting: A classic illustrated guide to the history, practice, and art of the corrida, by the American matador. By John Fulton. The power, the mystery, the art, the passion. Described in words and original art by Mr. Fulton. Soft bound. 198 pages. (3)

La Cartuja de Sevilla. By Juan José Antequera Luengo. Photo essay of a monastery few can visit, but which must be visualized in order to imagine the history of the P.R.E. 159 pages. (2)

Carruajes y Guadarneses en Andalucía. By Luis Rivero Merry. Carriages and tack from the famous farms of Andalucía. With explanation of carriage types, many photographed against the exquisite ancestral homes. 192 pages. (3)

The Horses of the Conquest. By R.B. Cunninghame Graham. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. Describing the horses which carried the conquistadores in their conquest of the Americas. Describes in great detail the individual horses, as well as the battles, achievements and vicissitudes of horses and riders. 145 pages. (3)

The Conquest of New Spain. By Bernal Díaz. Fifty years after the defeat of the Aztecs by Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers, Díaz, an eyewitness, wrote this account of the march from the coast, Montezuma's death, the massacre of the Spaniards, and the eventual capture of the capital of Mexico. Various translations available. (3)

Sementales P.R.E. / P.R.E. Stallions by Paco Rey.

El Caballo Lusitano by Juan Carlos Altamirano. (1)

El Caballo Español, El Mito Viviente/ The P.R.E., A Living Legend by Juan Carlos Altamirano. (1)

Spanish Culture

The Story of Spain: the bold and dramatic history of Europe' s most fascinating country. By Mark Williams. Eminently readable history. Short segments dividing the most important epochs of Spanish history. Soft bound. 250 pages. (3)

Spain: the Root and the Flower: an interpretation of Spain and the Spanish people. By John A. Crow. The classic study of the cultural history of Spain and its people. Discusses mores and fundamental psychology of the Spanish people as shared by geography and history. Soft bound book. 455 pages. (3)

El Escorial: the eighth wonder of the world. This monastery, founded by the same King Felipe II who founded our P.R.E. breed, commemorates the victory of the Spanish against the French in 1557. Includes hundreds of pages of the paintings and sculpture found in this austere building which birthed kings and shelters their mortal remains. Produced by the Spanish Patrimonio Nacional. (3)

Al-Andalus y el Caballo. Compendium of essays with references by noted scholars on Spain from 711A.D. to the present and how the P.R.E. (and Arabian) were vital parts of that history. 284 pages. (2)

Al-Andalus: the Art of Islamic Spain. Edited by Jerirlynn D. Dodds. Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. For over 700 years, there was a dominant Islamic presence in Spain. This volume studies the art and architecture of the period, with 24 essays from scholars richly enhanced with photographs. 432 pages. (3)

Spain: a History in Art. By Bradley Smith. 245 works of art from Spanish museums and private collections are discussed and put in context of the history of Spain at the time the paintings were completed. Exceptional primer for artistic style blended with the complexity of Spanish life and feeling. 296 pages. (3)

Medieval Castles of Spain. By Luis Monreal y Tejada. Covering a timespan from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Renaissance, this book embraces Spanish castles in all their variety, describing their history, their strategic importance, and the way of life of those who lived in them. 319 pages. (3)

Houses and Palaces of Andalusia. By Patricia Espinosa de los Monteros and Francesco Venturi. This book details the splendid architecture of the region, from grand palaces to modest but beautiful houses hidden behind whitewashed facades and traces the development of the distinctive style. 223 pages. (3)

The Gardens of Spain. Photographs by Michael George. Text by Consuelo M. Correcher. Princely or private, these gardens offer ideas as well as appreciation for the variety of flora which have been gifted to the world by Spain. 200 pages. (3)

Castles in Spain: A traveler's Guide Featuring the National Parador Inns. By Michael Busselle. Rather than stay in a "regular" hotel, why not drive from parador to parador, sampling the "real" Spain. Paradors are hotels, converted from castles or convents, palaces or villas, famous for the superb quality of cuisine, comfort and service they offer. 239 pages. (3)

Spain: The Best of Spanish Interiors, Gardens, Architecture, Landscapes. By Angus Mitchell and Tom Bell. 15 interiors were selected to capture the essence of Spanish style and show the diversity of national life styles found in the different provinces of Spain. 252 pages. (3)

The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain. By B. Netanyahu. After the expulsion of the Moors, a new "enemy" appeared: the converso, the Christian descendants of the Jews who were forced to convert. This magnum opus describes the tenor of Spain at the time and how the events of those years would dramatically affect the course of modern history. 1384 pages. (3)

Franco: A Concise Biography. By Gabrielle Ashford Hodges. Well-written and readable documentation of the fifty-year career of General Francisco Franco who was one of the four dictators who changed the face of Europe during the twentieth century. 290 pages. (3)

Of additional interest: Any book about the national museums of Spain.

Historical Books

Xenophon: The Art of Horsemanship. Various translations available. A must to see how the basics of horsemanship have remained basically unchanged for centuries. Among the most famous of Xenophon's statements: "Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful."

Le Maneige Royal. By Antoine de Pluvinel. Translated into English (and Spanish). Translation by Hilda Nelson and published by J A Allen & Co Ltd, London. Exquisite drawings showing each step of high school, "haute ecole". Pluvinel wrote about the classical beauty of man and horse: based on harmony, order, and moderation. Also includes a glossary. (3)

The Royal Horse and Rider: Painting, Sculpture and Horsemanship 1500-1800. By Walter Liedtke. The author surveys international tendencies in the history of art and at the same time considers special questions, such as precisely what a horse is doing and why it is iportant to the meaning of a particular painting or sculpture. 336 pages. (3)

Sources for the books mentioned above.

(1) Available for purchase from The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. 115 Elm Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Tel: 505.294.0800. Fax: 505.294.0812.
(2) Available from Mary Beth Horan, La Tienda Española. 1299 Bay Road, Sharon MA 02067. Tel: 781.631.2951.
Fax: 781.631.3671. Email: Web:
(3) Available through major book stores, on line book sales, etc.
The Pure Spanish Horse is also known as the Iberian Horse or the Spanish Andalusian Horse.