The National Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders’ Association, (Asociación Nacional de Criadores de Caballos de Pura Raza Española) and commonly known as ANCCE, is the mother association for the Purebred Spanish Horse throughout the world. Likewise, ANCCE has been officially recognized by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture to handle the PRE Stud Book and thus, guarantee the purity of this century-old breed.
Ever since ANCCE was founded, in 1972, the role that it plays when defending the Purebred Spanish Horse has been essential. It has been a national organization from the very beginning and is located in the city of Sevilla. Today, its membership numbers more than 700 breeders, who are from all over the world, 276 associate members and in addition to these, members include 33 Associations from such countries as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Holland, Czech Republic, Sweden, among many others.
In 1991, to promote and defend the breed, an international trade fair was created in which the Purebred Spanish Horse was the epicenter. This idea arose during the African Horse Sickness crisis and has gone on to become the International Horse Fair. SICAB, with 30 years of experience, has become the reference event for the PRE horse at both national and international level. This year, the latest innovation is the incorporation of the World PRE Championship into the equestrian sports program.
ANCCE is the main organizer of the Tribunals for Qualified Breeding Stock and the Young Horse Selection Test for Dressage, all within the scope of the PRE Breeding Program. Likewise, ANCCE represents the PRE before COPA-COGECA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations in the EU) and the WBFSH (World Breeders Federation of Sports Horses). It also designs annual promotional plans for ICEX (Spain’s Institute for Foreign Trade) and EXTENDA (Andalusian Agency for External Promotion).