From fantasy to reality





From fantasy to reality

In this research work on the Spanish horse, which was a must after the publication of the History of the Carthusian Horse, the author shows us in a well documented form the origins and history of horses of this stud farm, namely the specimens obtained, selected and improved in the area around the city of Arcos de la Frontera and of San José del Valle (Cadiz), the area where the Purebred Spanish horses arrived in the hands of the duke of Arcos and of the order of the Jesuits. The book takes us back to the beginning of the 18th century to show us, in a detailed yet easy to understand form, the vicissitudes of these horses and of the different owners of this stud farm – the once Terry Stud Farm – considered to be one of the most important in history. It puts the reader in the different estates on which the mares used to graze, shows the brands they carried, the best specimens, the prizes they won, and the people who were the true creators of this bloodline of horses during their almost three centuries of existence. Horses, whose genealogy can be found in more than eighty per cent of the specimens which constitute our horse breed. A long history which will delight the reader for its impartiality and its thoroughness with which the consulted documentary sources are being analysed. The unpublished historical facts which come to light following a painstaking research and are shown in the historical context in which they developed, and which will help the reader to understand the present situation of the Purebred Spanish horses. Through this reading you will became acquainted with the framework of all that fantasy created around these horses by the one who attributed to them a false Carthusian origin. It also exposes the work carried out by this stud farm’s last management which, through ignorance and negligence, led it into an unnecessary and disastrous lethargy. With the full approval of the Spanish state and relying on the well-known Carthusian fantasy this stud farm has been plunged into the greatest functional and economic disaster in its long history



 Chapter I.   The greatest historical distortion equestrian

              1.1  The manipulation of “bocado” bloodline: Carthusian fallacy

             1.2  The contribution of the politicians in charge of the Carthusian Stud Farm of the Bocado Brand to its myth 

             1.3   Between popular anecdotes and scientific manipulation

Chapter II.  Origins and vicissitudes of the stud farm of the Zapata family

             2.1   Vidal Coronado family and their relation with the Zapata brothers (1719-1759): origins of the “bocado” horses   

             2.2   Manuel Zapata Vidal 

             2.3   Ana Zapata Caro

             2.4   Sharecropping of Juan José and Pedro José Zapata Caro

             2.5   Pedro José Zapata Caro  

                     2.5.1 The purchase of livestock from the Carthusian monastery of  Jerez de la Frontera

                     2.5.2  The 19th century and Pedro José Zapata

             2.6   Juan José Zapata Caro

             2.7   Juan José Zapata Bueno

             2.8   Juan José Zapata y Romero de Aragón      

Chapter III. Vicente Romero García (1821-1911)   

             3.1   Vicente Romero García

             3.2   Origins of the stud farm of Manuel Romero Gálvez 

             3.2   Purchase of the first stallions

                     Purchase of livestock from the Zapata family

             3.4   Sales of horses

             3.5  The beginning of the 20th century: the last years of Vicente Romero García

Chapter IV. Domínguez a Juan P. Domecq y Nuñez de Villavicencio family

             4.1   Rosario Romero Bornió

                     4.1.1 Domínguez Brothers Society  

             4.2   Francisco Chica Navarro

             4.3   Juan Pedro Domecq y Núñez de Villavicencio         

Capítulo V.   Roberto Osborne Vázquez           

Capítulo VI.  Fernando C. de Terry y del Cuvillo 


Sources and bibliography

Index of abreviation

The book has
400 p. 21x28 pages, 150 gram gloss paper with 210 color and black and white photographs and 23 XVII-XX century ilustrations. Leather binding with gold engraved letters and jacket with color, plastic coated photograph with gold relief stamped title.


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