In 1981 at Son Menut we started our activity as breeders. Years before Antonio Barceló, the founder of Son Menut, had bought a trotter for riding and enjoying his leisure time.
Sometime after some good friends told him about the Pure Spanish Horses and Antonio felt encouraged to go to a championship in Seville to see and observe those horses. His reaction was immediate: in 1981 he bought the filly Ischia G. of Lady Maria Teresa Gual de Pons’ stud farm, originating from the Bocado breeding. In 1982 Ischia G. became the foundress of our stud farm.
Simultaneously with the breeder activity Antonio felt he needed to go deeper into the horse world, hence with some expert friends’ help he started dressage. And progressively, with effort, perseverance and much enthusiasm he created what these days is Son Menut Club d’Equitació, an open and multidisciplinary space where everybody feels at home: from the guests at our rural Accommodation to the riding students, the people who come to ride their own horse, the children who come to enjoy the Camps or friends who come for dinner at our Restaurant.
We believe that over the years we have achieved to create a unique space where to learn or practice horse-riding in an easy, friendly atmosphere. Many agree on that Son Menut Club d’Equitació has got a special charm; we are glad to have the strength, the character and the nature of years of perseverance, effort, enthusiasm, the pleasure of a well-done job and, most of all, the love for the horse world.
Now responsible for the riding school and more than 90 horses, Antonio affirms that one never knows enough about horses.
Why the name Son Menut?
The name Son Menut is very old. Traditionally in Majorca the houses (especially in the rural areas) had names. Usually the name is given and inherited through the ages from generation to generation, even defining a family who lived in that house. Most times it is very difficult to find out the origins of the land’s name as they are lost in the past.
The same happens to Son Menut. We know that Son Menut was the name of an estate and by inheritance our property kept the name. It does not mean anything in particular, but Son Menut is the name we have traditionally had, the same that defines us today and in the future.