Juan Carlos Altamirano was born in Malaga (Spain). He studied Business Administration and has worked as a consultant in building up stables of Spanish horses all over the world. As a result of the many questions left unanswered in the actual bibliography on the Spanish horse, he decided to undertake his own research regarding its origins. For over fifteen years he analyzed the contents of different historical archives in Europe and America, publishing his discoveries in specialized magazines in Spain and abroad. His first articles were rapidly accepted by the majority of readers. Following the first part of his research, in which he examined more than 50,000 documents dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, he had succeeded in gathering over 5,000 equestrian terms, the majority of which had disappeared over time. These terms were assembled in the Diccionario Ecuestre Español, published in 1994.
In October 1998 Mr. Altamirano published his second book, Historia y origen del caballo español: (History and origins of the spanish horse.( Spanish-English). A year later the book was already considered a classic by the specialized press. A second edition of the book was published in September 1999.
In June 1999 Mr. Altamiranos third book, Historia de los caballos cartujanos (The history of the carthusian horses. Only in spanish), was published. The second edition of this book was published in june 2000.
In June 2000 a bilingual edition (Spanish-English) of his latest work, El caballo español: la evolución de su morfología (The spanish horse: the evolution of its morfology) was published.
In October 2001 was published in Spanish, English, French and Deutch the book The Royal Stables of Cordoba. In June 2002 Mr. Altamirano published The book of the brands (Spanish-English).
Mr. Altamiranos work has been exhibited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in international fairs in Cairo, Havana, Brussels, Prague, Harare (Zimbabwe), Sao Paulo, Beijing and Casablanca.
At present, Mr. Altamirano is working on the second part of his Historia y origen del caballo español, which will be titled El Caballo Español: su expansion (The spanish horse: its expansion). He has also started working on other projects, including a book to be titled The royal estables of Cordoba and the preparation of the second edition of his Diccionario Ecuestre Español.
As a result of the debate his studies have provoked in equestrian circles, Mr. Altamirano has been invited to lecture throughout Europe and in North America. Some of these lectures include the one at the Jefatura de Cría Caballar (Spanish military horse breeding headquarters) of the Yeguada Militar in Jerez de la Frontera, coinciding with the organization of a course for judges; the ones in Miami, Los Angeles and Portland, organized by the Spanish Horse Foundation of the United States; also in The Geinesville University (Florida) and Afton (Virginia), Austin (Texas), Orlando and in the third World Congress of the Spanish Horse in San José de Costa Rica and the lectures in Salamanca, Cádiz, Córdoba, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Madrid, Ciudad Real... (in Spain).
On May 3-2000 he lectured in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz) at the convention organized by the Spanish Distance University, UNED, on the Prospects of the Spanish equestrian sector. The second week of May he was lectured at the Convention organized by the Foro de opinión del Caballo Español (Forum on the spanish horse), on The spanish horse in the year 2000, to be held at the Real Maestranza of Seville.
The importance of Altamiranos revelations regarding the Spanish horse have been highlighted on televised news programs and interviews in Spain and in the press and specialized magazines, both national and international ones. Given the interest of the matter, the special issue on Spain of the American magazine New World includes references to this latest explanation of the history of the spanish horse and an interview with the author. For the same reasons, the Spanish newspaper el diario of Córdoba published an article by Mr. Altamirano in its Sunday supplement, whilst the daily la opinión published a two page interview in which the author explained his theories. Other newspapers in Spain which have informed of his work are el país and the Diario de Mallorca. Extensive articles on the subject have also been published in specialized magazines, including a full page in Debretts Equestrian World (England), an editorial and lengthy interview in pura raza (Spain), and complete information in the magazines Ganadero (Mexico), Todo Caballo (Spain) and El Caballo Español (Spain), Levade (Germany), AEHCOS Magazine, etc.
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