Faustino is a rich, dark bay cross between a beautiful imported Lusitano stallion, Jalifa, and an american performance type horse, Coqui. Both parents have exemplary movement, hot temperaments, and keen intelligence. Faustino inherited it all as well as a sincere belief that he should be first in all things, particularly when it involves apples or attention.
A natural showman, Faustino first grabbed the spotlight as a yearling in the 2011 Eastern Regional Andalusian Horse Club, (ERAHC), Classic Breed Show. He won not just his age class for Half-Andalusian Stallion, but was ERAHC's 2011 Half-Andalusian Champion Stallion. He concluded his very successful show debut with yet another first, winning Half-Andalusian Best Movement.
Faustino's next competition was as a gelding at the ERAHC Classic Breed Show in September, 2013. Faustino again won not just his age class in both the open and amateur handler divisions, but was the show's 2013 Half Andalusian Champion Gelding as well. He finished the competition by showing off his spectacular movement in the liberty class, earning him another first place win.
I have just put Faustino under saddle and he is developing his walk-trot-canter, lateral movements at the walk, and cavaletti work at the trot. He also goes on trail rides around the property on a regular basis and takes everything in stride including ponds, bridges, ducks, dogs, and waterfalls. Even though I am 5' 10" tall with long legs, Faustino's impressive movement and substantial bone make me feel as if I am riding a much larger horse... something that he may well be as he is expected to grow until roughly the age of 8.
Although he has the natural ability for Dressage and Working Equitation, his mental acuity, athleticism, and large movement would make him an excellent candidate for almost any discipline. Always eager to learn new things, Faustino responds well to all enlightened training methods. He is equally comfortable with techniques grounded in Natural Horsemanship as with those considered more traditional in nature. Early on, a 4th level Parelli trainer assessed him as "a left brain extrovert, confident, dominant, and super-smart".
Whatever the discipline, Faustino thrives on being challenged both mentally and physically and will excel with a confident partner.