Pura Raza Menorquina (PRMe)
Research has shown links between the Menorcan and Arab as well as Berber breeds. Others believe that the original horses were brought to Menorca from central Europe by King James I of Aragon.
According to the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Menorcan belongs to the Eastern group of indigenous Iberian horses, which also includes the now extinct Catalan horse.
The Menorcan breed was officially recognized as an indigenous breed in 1989, and it is listed in the “Catálogo Oficial de Razas de Ganado de España” in the group of autochthonous breeds that are in danger of extinction. In Menorca, the breeders of these horses have done an amazing job to preserve the bloodline. In 2021 the total population was reported to be 3785, of which fewer tan 900 were outside the Balearic Islands.
The Breeders Association “Associació de Criadors i Propietaris de Cavalls de Raça Menorquina” was formed in August 1988. The objective of the Association was to maintain as well as improve the breed morphologically as well as for performance. This breed has demonstrated their functionality in different sporting disciplines such as dressage, without neglecting the island’s own dressage discipline, Menorcan dressage. This discipline is recognized as such by the Balearic Islands Equestrian Federation.
The goal now is to publicize the breed outside of the island. So far, the breed is present in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, UK, Russia, Ukranie, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Luxemburg. Now, we already have 5 in the USA, and we will bring top stallions and mares so that we can mantain the bloodlines and promote the breed in the United States.