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By Smith Northam

Last updated: 5th July 2023

Campolina Horse


Smith Northam
Last updated: 5th July 2023

The Campolina is a breed of common horses from Brazil that developed mainly for different riding purposes. Characterized by their large body and convex nose, these horses are known for their smooth, four-beat, ambling gaits, which in Brazilian is called the marcha verdadeira. Campolinas also take part in Olympic sporting events like Dressage. At present, there are approximately 85,000 registered Campolinas with around 7,300 registered breeders with most of them being in Brazil.

Campolina Horse Pictures

Quick Information

Behavioral Characteristics Docile, noble, proud, active, loyal
Physical Traits The profile is convex, muscular and proportioned with a trapezium head, the nose shapes like Roman (however, not a true roman one), while the neck is arched, and the chest is broad and profound with a medium back, sturdy legs and joints, and dark, tough and rounded hooves; the tail is set low, while the tail hair and mane are silky
Coat Colors All colors including dun, bay, buckskin, with the most common being pinto (or ’Pampa’) and silver gray (considered as most beautiful)
Height/Size Up to 16.2 hands (adult average 15 to 15.2)
Weight 1250 pounds (adult mares and stallions)
Common Uses Pleasure Riding, Trail Riding, Driving, Dressage (mostly inside Brazil)
Health Problems Healthy; no breed-specific issues
Type Riding Horse, Carriage Horse, Sports horse, Show horse, Dressage Horse
Blood Type Warm
Gaited Yes
Ancestors (Bloodlines) Brazilian Horse, Andalusian Horse, Mangalarga Marchador, Holsteiner, Anglo-Norman, Clydesdale, American Saddle Horse
Popular Traits Excellent gaits, durable, easy trainability, easy mannered, well behaved
Suitable For Slightly experienced owners
Feeding/Diet General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.
Availability Common
Year of Development 1870
Country of Origin Brazil

Video: Knowing the Campolina Horse Breed

History and Development

The Campolina developed in 1870 in Entre Rios de Minas in Brazil’s Minas Gerais. It was a farmer Cassiano Campolina (after whom this breed was named) who mated a Brazilian Horse mare named Medéia (having a Barb blood) with an Andalusian Horse stallion. The resultant colt that was named Monarca had a dark gray coat. It was this horse that served as the stud of the modern day Campolina horse.

However, in the latter years, other breeds were also made to contribute to the bloodline of the Campolina horses to refine the breed. These were Mangalarga Marchador, Holsteiner, Anglo-Norman, Clydesdale, and American Saddle Horse. After the death of Cassiano Campolina, his work continued successfully, and eventually, his breed found its place in the stables of ordinary people.

In 1934, the ‘breed standards’ for the Campolina was defined for the first time, following which, the introduction of other kinds was no longer accepted.

In 1938, initiatives were taken to organize the breed formally, and The Professional Consortium of Campolina Horse Breeders was founded.  In 1951, the body was renamed as the Campolina Breeders Association, after revising and adopting the breed standards afresh. The breed standards were further updated twice – once in 1975, and then again in 1993.

Interesting Facts

  • The Campolina is the largest of all the three Brazilian gaited horse breeds.

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