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"If there was anyone who could discover the secrets of the Spanish horse breed, that was Juan Carlos Altamirano. Books, conferences in the whole world anf endless interviews mark the career of this malagueño expert, who has dedicated more than fifteen years of his life to knock myths and to construct a solid base upon which to reconstruct the true history of one of the most endurable and fascinating symbols of the empire of Felipe II.

For many years, Jerez de la Frontera has proclaimed itself to be the cradle of the Spanish horse. So successful was the marketing of this Andalusian city that it was an accepted fact that the cartujano horse was the origin of the Spanish horse. This was not the only extended fallacy, as it was also assumed (even by famous professors) that the Spanish horse was a product of the natural evolution of the species, that is to say, it used Darwin`s theory to explain its uniqueness. But there were some incongruences and too many contradictions on this hypothesis. The detailed and documented study of the true origin of the Spanish horse proved that we have one of the first genetic experiments in history, which resulted in the perfect horse (according to GrecoLatin doctrine) thanks to king Felipe II and his royal stables of Cordoba. This documented contribution knocks the theory that the horses of the "bocado" line proceed from the cartujano horses. Thus, the existence of which comes only, as has been proven, from inventiveness and a certain economic interest."


Debrett’s Equestrian World ( p.88, 1997) (England)

"A new study has revolutionized our knowledge of the origins of the Spanish horse."


New World (April, p. XVIII, 1997) (United States)

"In his book Historia y origen del caballo español: las caballerizas reales de Córdoba (History and origins of the Spanish horse: the Royal Stables of Córdoba), Juan Carlos Altamirano clearly shows how the breed as we know it today was started by Philip II in 1547."


Todo Caballo (vol. 2, nº. 3, pp. 6-13,1999) (Spain)

"After having remained hidden for 430 years, light has finally been shed on the history of the purebred Spanish horse, thanks to painstaking research of all documents related to the breed since its creation in Cordoba in 1567. The author has revolutionized our knowledge regarding the origins of the Spanish horse."


Pura Raza ( nº. 7, pp. 23-32, 1999) (Spain)

"Some words about the magnificent book by Juan Carlos Altamirano"

Historia y origen del caballo español: las caballerizas reales de Córdoba (History and origins of the Spanish horse: the royal stables of Cordoba).

"With both the meticulous and rigorous analysis of documents on which he based his research and the anthropological and historical scope of his two books, Juan Carlos Altamirano has given the world of the Spanish horse a 180º turn."


Pura Raza ( nº. 8, p. 10, 1999) (Spain)

In his book Historia de los caballos cartujanos (The history of the Carthusian horses), Juan Carlos Altamirano has made use of Sherlock Holmes’ magnifying glass and Job’s patience to analyze all documents available (as he did in his first book), and empirically demonstrate every single one of his affirmations. (...) Based on the careful study of his sources, he confronts the work of Ruy de Andrade (and others) with a simple and constructive theory which is so convincing that the pages of Ruy de Andrade’s book (and those of others) begin to come apart like a house of cards."


Ganadero (vol. 14, nº. 3, pp. 70-73, 1999) (Mexico)

"The contents of this book have revolutionized our knowledge of the origins of the Spanish horse. It tells the story of the extraordinary creation, by and for King Philip II of Spain, of a new breed of horses."


Revista de la asociación andaluza de criadores de caballos españoles (nº. 4, pp. 47-53, 1999) (Spain) (Magazine of the Andalusian association of breeders of Spanish horses)

"The importance of the research Juan Carlos Altamirano presents in this book (Historia y origen del caballo español... History and origins of the Spanish horse: the royal stables of Cordoba) stems from the fact that he is the first to have demonstrated, on the basis of original unpublished documents, that the Spanish horse was not simply discovered, as has been upheld until now, but was the result of a project ordered by Philip II of Spain and carried out in Cordoba during the 16th century."


El Caballo Español (ANCCE) (Magazine of the national association of breeders of Spanish horses) (nº. 4, p. 39, 1999) (Spain).

"Neighs and kicks"

"A big, loud neigh to applaud the merits of Juan Carlos Altamirano for his serious study and dissemination of the history and origins of our horses. As he demonstrated in the article published in the previous issue of our magazine, he knows well how to use the fields of sociology, anthropology and philosophy in order to explain in his books the history of our noble brutes."


La Opinión (October 7, 1999) (Spain)

"Juan Carlos Altamirano, of Malaga, has proved that the Spanish horse is not the result of the evolution of the species, but rather the creation of Philip II. (...) Following 15 years of research during which he analyzed over 50,000 documents, he has discovered that the purebred Spanish horse is not the result of evolution nor a derivation of Carthusian horses, but rather a unique breed specially designed for that king."


Diario de Córdoba (November 15, 1999) (Spain)

With reference to the book Historia y origen del caballo español... (History and origins of the Spanish horse: the royal stables of Cordoba).

"Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the death of Philip II, during which we are reminded of his life and achievements, this book reveals a less well known aspect of his reign: in Cordoba (Spain) he had different types of horses crossbred for the purpose of creating a new breed called the Spanish horse."



Ana María Fernández, Councilwoman

"We have to thank Mr. Altamirano for the care and precision he has shown in handling the documental sources of our town in his book "History of the Carthusian horse". We must also thank him, on behalf of its inhabitants, for his conclusions regarding the fact that the historic origins of the "bocado" branding iron may be found in Arcos and not in the neighboring Jerez de la Frontera. However, it is clear that this is a debate in which there is no room for personal opinions and public or political positions. I believe this is a very serious matter which must be resolved by researchers and qualified experts." PURA RAZA, No. 10.

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