Sebastián Zambrano Sánchez, Gold Horse 2012.

In order to reach their decision the jury, presided over by the Mayor of Jerez, María José García-Pelayo, has taken into consideration the outstanding career of Sebastián Zambrano and his long-standing association with the equestrian world

Sebastián Zambrano Sánchez was born into a family of farmers and cattle-breeders in Jerez in 1923. The attraction felt, relationship with and interest in the world of the horse began at an early age.

Álvaro Domecq y Díez was the first to discover the ability of the candidate to handle all types of horse and to train this most noble of animals. Domecq y Díez, Francisco Barroso and Antonio "El pelao", were the mirrors into which Sebastián gazed in order to hone his riding skills. From them he learnt the basics of classical dressage and alta escuela dressage, in the way in which only he knew how to do so. Sebastián Zambrano has mastered most of the equestrian disciplines to perfection, the first in which he made his name being show jumping.

He worked on a ranch called "La Venta del Monte" where a colonel from the Spanish Riding School in Viena and a lieutenant from the Cuadro Negro de Saumur were also quick to recognise the qualities and skills of Sebastián.

In 1961 he started work at the cortijo "Las Lomas", which belonged to Ramón Mora Figueroa, preparing polo horses, taking part in friendly matches with the elite of Jerez polo players such as Ignacio Domecq, Fermín Bohórquez, and Ramón Mora Figueroa; the latter winning many matches in the UK riding horses prepared by Sebastián Zambrano, once again allowing the name of Jerez to shine in England.

Another of the equestrian disciplines in which he proved outstanding was cross-country. Currently, at the age of 89 he still prepares horses and gives riding classes to numerous pupils such as Luis Morales junior, the veterinary surgeon Pamela González Fernández and doctor Katia Pérez Mourille.

Since 1943 Sebastián Zambrano has carried the name of Jerez and the prestige of its horses not just all over Spain but also to numerous foreign countries. 

These are the most outstanding merits of the award-winner and,  as is the custom, he will be awarded the trophy in a solemn ceremony to be held on the Saturday of the next Horse Fair.

The Gold Horse trophy was first awarded in 1974 and from that time until the last award ceremony held in 2011, a total of 38 riders, amazons, institutions, organisms and personalities have received it, it being considered the most prestigious of the equestrian world both in Spain and at an international level. 

Imagen del premio Caballo de Oro