Interagro Team

US Representative
Peter Van Borst
He has been closely involved with the evolution of the Interagro breeding program in Brazil for many years.  He brings his considerable experience working with horses in many different disciplines to his involvement with Interagro Lusitanos.

Peter believes the Interagro stud in Brazil to be a unique equestrian resource.  Recently Peter moved to Aiken, South Carolina an historic equestrian southern town with a growing influx of horse people from across the United States.  “A major part of my decision to move to Aiken was to meet the growing demand for people who want to continue the training of their Lusitanos in the same philosophy as Interagro,” said Peter.  “Interagro Lusitanos, whose founder and breeder is Paulo Gavião Gonzaga, has a deserved reputation as one of the premier breeders of the Lusitano and it is built on knowledge, a passion for the breed and a respect for its heritage and well-preserved bloodlines.”

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Director of USA Training – Interagro Farm Export Program
Mrs. Heather Bender (USA)
Rider, Coach, Trainer, Judge and USDF Certified Instructor Discipline: Dressage and dressage techniques to help other high performance USEF sports.

Heather was introduced to the Interagro program by her student and professional trainer Jennifer Schuck from Pine Meadows Farms Delano, Mn

Heather Bender has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals, has participated on several national dressage committees, earned an approved 'R' judges license. An accomplished artist and writer, she has published more than 30 articles in top national magazines including Dressage Today, Hunter & Sport Horse, and Practical Horseman. Her insightful pieces have ranged from "Dressage Without A Warmblood" to "Quadrille." More recently she published “The Heart of the Lusitano” in Warmbloods Today.

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Miss Martina Brandes
Started at the horse world in her childhood, by the age 6, was carried by the passion for these noble animals.

In 2003, got qualified and participate of The Pan-American Games of Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

In 2006 was The São Paulo Dressage Champion/ ABPSL (Brazilian Pure Bred Lusitanos Association) – Young horses( 5 Years ) with Vilão Hl owned by Mrs. Viviann Mattos.

By the middle of 2007 she moved herself to Holambra city and started her job at Interagro’s team in August.

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Mrs. Pia Aragão (BRA)
Pia Aragão was born in 1958 in Gavle, Sweden, 200 km north of Stockholm. From the age of 7 she has been a regular at her hometown's pony club.

Aged 10, she made her debut in competitions of jumping, dressage and eventing, having achieved pretty good results in her country.

She already used to train and compete with Interagro horses Obtuso and Nirvana while working at Boa Fé Stud Farm.

In March of 2005 moved to Interagro Farms.

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Mr. Maurício Delucchi (URU)
Maurício Delucchi Borrelli, from Febuary of 2002 until the end of 2005 assumed the management of Interagro’s Picadeiro together with Pia Aragão. Returned to Uruguay by the end of 2005, coming to Interagro a week per month to supervise the breaking of young horses.

Born in the town of Santana do Livramento (Rio Grande do Sul state), but a Uruguayan national, Maurício is a self-confessed horse lover; and so he has been for his entire life. “I don’t recall whether I first learned to walk or to ride”, he says referring to his childhood surrounded by equines. “At the age of 8 or 9 years, I was taming ponies already, and as I grew up and had to choose a career, I did my major in Farming Management, because I knew I was fundamentally a horse rider and that this career could help me in the profession I embraced”.

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Miss Monique da Silva
Monique was born in 1986 and she is from Curitiba, State of Parana (South of Brazil). She began riding when she was 11, starting in the jump, competing at 1.10 m high.

Around age 14 she started being interested in classical training. In search of improvement, she attended courses and clinics with some professionals in the sport, as Pia Aragão, Alexandria Wilson and Martina Brandes.

During two years she gave private lessons for beginners and worked horses at San Lorenzo Equestrian Center in Curitiba. In 2007, gave riding lessons to children at “Horse Academy”, also in Curitiba. Four months ago she gave up her journalism master in Curitiba and came to Interagro as rider with the aim to improve more in training, working with Pia Aragão and Martina Brandes. She intends to become a professional in this sport.

Renato Oliveira

Renato works at Interagro since 1999. His family moved to Interagro 20 years ago and his father is responsible for all maintenance, agriculture, production of  hay, etc.

His son Matheus, started riding at our kids riding school last year and during the summer vacations he rides everyday with his father and the team.

His uncles also work at Interagro, Jair is responsible for handling and carrying the mares and foals and Antonio is our master carriage driver.

Renato started working with our vet as assistant,  taking care of horses manegement.

He knows very well each of our mares and babies and works directly with Dr Alex during the breeding season, very good in handling stallions, always patient what makes him an excellent groom.

Each horse selected for The Collection was under his cares until they start working under saddle.

As Renato knows each and every Collection horse, his physical constitution, his ability dealing with the horses, his presence in the planes with the horses during transportation  is very important.

Interagro Team

Mr Peter Van Borst

Mrs. Heather Bender

Mrs Martina Brandes

Mrs. Pia Aragão. Photo: Tupa

Mr Renato Oliveira. Photo: Tupa

Miss Monique da Silva. Photo: Tupa