The legacy of Galana

Rafa Angel asked me to write a review of Galana to read during "Galana Challenge", a challenge that the Insular throws horses and mares that have qualified during the year. Here I will share them for those unable to be in the Island. Take this opportunity to thank Pepe Llenín by the anecdotes he shared his conversations with me Baby Beltran, David Lang by date information and features of Galana, and Arsdelicata for information pedigrees.

Our race is formed on the inheritance of an outstanding group of animals: horses and mares that left a mark on the history of Paso Fino, and whose descendants still arouses passions among owners, breeders and enthusiasts.

Among this select group, a mare stands out above the rest for their qualities and their genetic power. And if we consider Sweet Dream as the "Father of the Race", this mare should give him the title of "Mother of Modern Paso Fino". I mean the great mare Galana.

Galana was born in 1951. He was mated by renowned breeder Joseph B. Ramirez Acosta on his farm "La Australia" located in the Lajas Valley. She was the daughter of Florido horse, which in turn was the son of Pendant in India for Sweet Dream. His mother was the mare Marina, the daughter of Pharaoh Battle in Salinas. It was registered in the Federation with registration number 1133.

Baby Beltran Account mid 50s, Don José Ramírez Acosta had decided to sell some animals and he went to visit his farm Lajas in search of the Galana filly. He was accompanied by teacher Don Toño Kuilan flange. Upon arrival, and Ramirez Acosta had sold the filly to a breeder named Carolina Angulo. Not finding, on the recommendation of Don Toño, Beltrán bought two daughters horse Battle: Marina's mother Galana, and La Bruja, who later became the mother of Kofresí. A short time later, Beltran makes him an approach to Angulo and get buy from Galana by $ 800. As comparative data, Marina and La Bruja had cost $ 600 each, which was a considerable sum at that time.

Galana went to live with Marina, The Witch and Rainbow to the estate of Don Toño in Dorado. There had three of the most important horses had our race: Kofresí, Don toqui and Carabalí, along with a battery of colts and fillies that would be the envy of any breeder. On a historical note, Beltrán often shared his success as a breeder Don Toño, who advised him that made crossings.

Galana was a chestnut mare closed color, good size and nice conformation. He never formally tamed for competition -at that time the mares were intended mostly for recría-, but was distinguished by his great verve, finesse and speed. Beltran at that time, where men walked only on horses occasionally Don Toño escaped to visit "girlfriends" in Galana says. So impressive were his walk and elegance!

Besides Joseph B. Ramirez Acosta and Wilfredo "Baby" Beltran, Galana also belonged to Genarín Cautiño and Nonon Figueroa. A sample of the great breeders become so because they recognize the immense value of the mares, especially mares extraordinary, superior qualities and race proven background as Galana.

Galana crossed with the best pimps of his time, let's remember those crossings to understand the enormous genetic legacy that this mare has brought to our race.

With Kahifás occurred

  • Galanilla (1954), mother of Dominguito (Sunday) and grandmother of Caribbean Sunday.

With Rainbow produced three outstanding mares,

  • Cosita Linda (1957), mother of Cocoroco and challenging;
  • Vicky (1959), mother of Ulesati, Conquistador, Bonbon, Idol, Tauris of Tanamá, Hunaya, Flamenco Kofresí and Decalaf di Amoreto;
  • Perla Fina (1961), mother Tanamá coquette.

With Candelaria occurred

  • Cleo (1960), Mother Hummingbird, Pentagram, Kofresita and Jacaguas.

With Fury to

  • Desired (1970).

With Blossom occurred

  • Galano (1971), father of Galen, Wasp and The Guarabeña.

Its intersection with Kofresí was a legendary crossroads produced some of the greatest legends of our race,

  • Galanita (1962), mother of Cialito, Abolengo, Kofrega and Galanita II;
  • Siboney the Witch (1966), arguably the finest horse that has had our race, and father of Botafogo, Adaesed, Maria de los Angeles, Hex and Abeyno;
  • Cucululú (1967), mother of Cucululu II, Kofresí II (Petrocheli), Toro Black Jr, and Voltio Cucululú Fury Jr;
  • Glorivee (1969), mother of Nightmare and Piel Canela;
  • Sangie (1972), mother of Bolivar II;
  • Countess (1973), mother of Spring and Nightmare Desvelo.

Among his grandchildren are some of the most renowned examples of our time ... we mention only a few because the list is huge,

  • Labriego;
  • Caribbean Domingo;
  • El Duende;
  • Ringer;
  • Tempting;
  • Music;
  • Freko;
  • Vanessa flower;
  • Carnival Kofresí;
  • Rhythmic;
  • Cherub;
  • Cover;
  • Return Cialito;
  • Sound of Cialito;
  • Serpentine (Wendolyn mother and grandmother Caribbean Domingo and Cuentas Claras);
  • Miguela of Cialito (mother Sovereign Lord);
  • Belinda (mother Majestic Replica);
  • Carfrega (mother of controversy Labriego);
  • Finesse (father of Lineage d'Excellence);
  • Orchid (mother of Red Beard);
  • Equus;
  • Watermark Labriego;
  • Fantasy Labriego;
  • Don Antonio;
  • Don Perignon;
  • Kolibrí;
  • and Jerry.

Galana is one of the pillars of our race ... and 60 years later, his legacy lives on in our specimens.

Long live Galana ... and what viva el Paso Fino !!!

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Minimum history of Paso Fino

Retake the blog after many months with a conference the teacher and dear friend Antonio Ramírez Córdova issued in the month of April at the Manege of Trujillo Alto. It presents, in his unique style full of poetry, a summary of what has been the history of our race. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Minimum history of Paso Fino

By: Antonio Ramirez Cordova

Good morning to all. I deeply appreciate this invitation to offer a minimum history of Paso Fino Horse internationally recognized as unique in the world and developed in our soil and so in need of a deep awareness at the four cardinal points for anyone who loves deeply.

Horse deserves the stables and homes where it is wanted to appear signs reading: ". The Paso Fino Horse is my joy, I have to love it and defend it makes me happy and my pride"

I know I'm with a group of young people who want to know more about its history and so hope they understand my unconditional defense of that glorious horse, already famous in the globe. If unrequited, I have the consolation of being true to my principles.

It happens that I am fully convinced that our people need to acquire a broader culture of the historical significance of the horse so you can continue deep into their prestigious home of fame and glory through time from the hand of God, his Maker.

If I would exceed my sayings I give advance my sincerest apologies as a reliable friend willing at all times to dialogue.

Take this opportunity to tell you that nothing is further from my mind is to pretend equipararme knowledge of the history of Paso Fino horse, that purchased for outstanding historians, whose books are available to anyone who wants adentrase in issue that concerns us in this moment, in this magical, poetic and unique world, which is the work through the history of his race, which in the words of Dr. Ferdinand Padrón, poet, essayist and professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado, which is a national treasure. I mean Ramon Ruiz Cestero, Dr. Carlos Gastambide Arrillaga, Dr. Jose M Laracuente, Esq. Eduardo Quijano and friend David Lang, but as I promised the organizers of this activity to summarize the usual story, will now give these words, hopeful that they can penetrate deep into their hearts, mainly young people, who are new pines of the country, as he called the Cuban Apostle, José Martí. Our horses have reached the absolute eternal fame for having dazzled our country and citizens of other worlds, as happened in 1948 in Paris, France, when the engineer Don Felix Benitez Rexach exhibited by the Elysian Fields that city to 3 copies ours. These Sweet Dream Second, Emperor and Perla were called. They were mounted deftly by Don Minin Kuilan causing joy and jubilation to those who witnessed such milestone in a country that had been devastated by what happened in World War II.

Before proceeding I must stress that everyone here are already marked with indelible traces of few words who wrote the famous Spanish horseman, Don Alvaro Domec, who was on the walls of their stalls a sign saying: "The horse is my hobby" . In our case we can say, echoing as valuable words, the Paso Fino horse is our hobby, so get to the point to delve briefly in its history.

We can trace the beginnings of our Paso Fino horse with the words: in the year 1509, Juan Ponce de León, Spanish conquistador, brought to our soil, from the Spanish island which is now composed of the republics of Dominican Republic and Haiti, broodmares for the western ports of Puerto Rico, according to the chronicles of the time. On the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1493, left in our Spanish horses banks of the Berber and Andalusian Arab race, which were the predominant breeds in the Iberian Peninsula.

The renowned historian David Lang, tells us that for 1521, the Spanish Garcia Troche, son of Ponce de León and conqueror of Central America, led horses born on our soil to Trujillo, Honduras territory of today to strengthen the wars of conquest for that domain.

For the year 1532, goes on to tell David Lang, Mr. Asencio de Villanueva, farmer land of what is now the town of Jayuya, began exporting horses to Peru, at the request of Fernando Pizarro, brother of Francisco Pizarro, owner and master of those lands that belonged to the Inca Empire, in the name of Emperor Charles V and First of Spain.

With the passage of time horse breeding in our country increased. Dr. Don Carlos Gaztambide Arrillaga, in some of its pages, we clarified that the Navarre nag and nag Andalusian joined the aforementioned races, for the benefit of our own. So in these few words, we absolutely clear, what is the background Paso Fino horse.

The Peruvian poet Jose Santos Chocano, describes the greatness of those horses in a poem dedicated to the conquest and one of his verse says: "Andalusian horses, whose nerves have sparks flying race of Arabs, stamped its glorious horseshoes in the stony dry pampas, in the mountains, in the forests and in the Valley "and we may add, that those who came to our shores also stamped their glorious horseshoes on the cobblestones of San Juan and our Royal roads, mainly in the festivities dedicated to the Apostle Santiago, patron of Spain and dedicated to San Juan Bautista, already famous and famous in the eighteenth century.

This century allows us to continue this conversation to go on the trail Horse Paso Fino, which for the above, and excelled at ease, dazzling foreign visitors. These achievements of our horse were the fruit of wisdom and intuition of their breeders. We can say that our horse came fortunately the prolonged efforts of those gentlemen who made the fine pitch started to shake the stars, to quote the immortal Andalusian poet Federico García Lorca.

Unfortunately we do not know their names or their surnames, but imagine satisfied and smiling because they wrote a golden pages of our general history.

In 1782 Fray Iñigo Abad and La Sierra did deserved praise to our horses and our horsemen and women, and skilled in the art of horsemanship, stressing that even small girls were brought in ALZON chair a horse to to become skilled riders. This significant fact gives us a clear indication of softness tread those horses.

In 1797, the French naturalist, Andre Pierre Ledru, also praised the value of our horses writing in one of his articles that "are agile and very young are dressage, making them acquire a kind of step that called career. The best worth one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars, "further adding that they were horses on step short step and stride.

Some time before Don Alejandro O Reilley, a census of our horse which states that the island inhabited by the year 1765, 18,157 horses and the best grazing in the fields of the people of Arecibo. These were sold at very respectable sum for the time. This Spanish official also added, for the pride of young horsemen and women here who for islanders riding was the same as dressing. On the island there was riding schools, he explained.

Well we can conclude that our horses were a fine walk, led by the hand by persons skilled in the science of dressage and the aforementioned breeders who knew select stallions and mares, marking them well on course to horses born in the Century XIX.

Dr. Manuel Alonso in his comments on the Puerto Rican customs and author of a classic of our literature, the work The Gíbaro, published in 1849, in the city of Barcelona, ​​Spain, aptly calls a meeting of breeders and fans vast establishment knowledge and good wishes to regulate the awards in the festival of San Juan and San Pedro, besides asking who the winners and the names of its owners is published in newspapers, also calling attention to the Society of Friends of the Country to which our bloodstock is perfect. These recommendations served as the stimulus and widespread hopes in our people so that over time the horses our stood out for its natural passage of four lateral times and it short and fine pitch were used by farmers and stewards for their walks farm and movements from one village to another.

It should be emphasized that since the term Paso Fino, the name by which it is known today our horse four times in his walk, one rhythmic, rhythmic, elastic and smooth movements reflected on the back, on the rump arises and his mount, so much so that his rider comfort may well hold a glass of water filled to near their edges, without spilling, if it knows hold.

We can add to the above that walks with grace, wit, vivacity, ardor and magic exhibiting all the time its arched neck, her attentive ears and tempting tail that multiplies his greatness as the best horse in the world, whatever may be said, since as the ancient Romans, the thing speaks for itself.

I think its striking appearance is a real history lesson of good luck, caused by the immense wisdom of those breeders who strived to make our horse was one cimero. Underline what was said never satisfy my affection for this horse. Its theme passion for simple gabs and good chats desktop, a reason to philosophize as something unique that we live to Puerto Ricans. It said the Paso Fino not deserve to be given back to support his greatness distant influences.

I say these words aware that I am not here to beat the nineteenth century nostalgia. Nor do I have carte blanche to believe a top authority on the subject. It reminds Dr. José R. Laracuente, that we can never forget, and I quote, "that his peculiar gait is very difficult to describe and judge much worse, because even attempt to describe what is observed, our horse establishes a feeling harmony, rhythm and beauty, which man is able only to watch a masterpiece of Goya, Velazquez and Reembrant and that is the same as enjoying a Mozart symphony for its delicate, playful and spiritual refinement style or where an exquisite Puerto Rican dance, enriched by rhythmic melodies and rhythms that fill the atmosphere of pure romance is heard. "

That said we can continue highlighting the development of Paso Fino horse, entering the truth of his story during the nineteenth century.

In the year 1849, as stated above, published The Gíbaro of Don Manuel Alonso, an unusual and absurd fact occurred in the annals of our history. It happened that the governor and Marquis, Don Juan de la Pezuela, issued a proclamation on July 6 relying on moral grounds and security, which led to a ban on horse racing and the famous "bonfires" which were nothing than the fact the horse jumping over bonfires. This barbaric customs contemptuously called them emphasizing that the owners of horses and riders were enemies of Puerto Rican Spanish regime and racing advantage to conspire against it. If we continue playing this fact we can say that so sinister side, as stated Atty. Quijano in his book History of the Paso Fino, tried to undermine the potential of our horse because it was viewed as one higher than the Spanish. Paso Fino Horse contributed to the affirmation of Puerto Rican nationality, causing feelings of hatred and envy in Pezuela. That our nationality gelled significantly in 1868 Grito de Lares.

In 1885, six years after this proclamation or decree, was abolished by the imprudent and unreasonable that was and the Puerto Rican people could continue to hold the horse races, the bonfires and festivities.

In 1865, Puerto Rican writer, Don Federico Asenjo wrote wonderfully prestige to our horse shows and competitions and called indigenous horse. That included our horses walking, beautiful shapes and fine pitch. Through his writings we know the names of some of these examples: Editor, Moro, Candy and Rompelozas, which were awarded in the first competition held in that year. Add Asenjo who were admired to the point where many of them were purchased by farmers of the Greater Antilles, which paid large sums of money.

Thanks also to Atty. Quijano, we know two famous horses who excelled in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and responding to the same name: Spotty. The first belonged to the family of Yabucoa Aponte and the second cagüeño landowner, Don Nicolás Quiñones Cabezudo. Many Paso Fino horses characteristic of this have a white spot somewhere in his body, according to Atty. Quijano. Relying on the wisdom of our folklore says that this is the spot of Puerto Rican banana. The poet Don Luis Llorens Torres in one of his tithes affirming the Puerto Rican, tells us that this stain marks us "per seculorum secula", ie, for ever and ever.

I must continue this conversation or conference reminding that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century our race crossed with copies of European and North American races. Dr. Don Carlos Gaztambide Arrillaga, añasqueño illustrious, tells us that our horse joined his blood a few drops of blood from the Morgan breed, hence its rounded buttock appears. That reflected the will of the breeders, Don Florencio and Don Clotilde Santiago of Coamo and Don Eugenio Verges the town of Guayama. Also add in one of your pages that nothing pass our horse was affected.

The twentieth century is really hard for me to summarize in a short time, like my disposal in the day. We can say without doubt that significantly improved our horse race. Began the famous horses Herons Manatee Calaff family, the Pharaohs of the family Roig Humacao, the Cups Bayamon Arrieta family, gift Don Manuel González de Salinas and the Prince of Don Eduardo Mendez de San Sebastián appear Cucumber. At that time the horses of Don José Pérez Llera de Cayey also highlights, among them, Pharaoh Viejo and pissed, exemplary parents Sweet Dream, known as the Father of Puerto Rican contemporary bloodstock.

In the twentieth century proliferated agricultural fairs in major cities, as Ponce, Mayaguez and Arecibo. Also proliferated colorful displays at racetracks Nuns, Quintana and Las Casas in the decades of the 30s and 40s, both in the picturesque squares Recreation of all peoples on the occasion of the traditional Festivities. We will mention some of these facts: Sunday 26 November 1933 was held in Las Nuns powers for Paso Fino, between races, mounted specimens exclusively by skilled riders.

Industrial Agricultural Fair in Arecibo in 1937, Prime Championship Horses and Ponies Paso Fino was held. In this event were victorious Dram horse and pony Borinquen Ubaldino Don Ramirez de Arellano. In 1938 Puerto Rico got a new champion: Sweet Dream Jr. owned by Don Diego González de Isabela, copy which was consecutively three times champion and who died on January 19, 1942.

In 1939 in Mayagüez Agricultural Fair was held for the first time a championship for foals under three years, resulting foal Congo victorious Fino, owned by Don Lorenzo Colon Padilla de Arecibo.

On April 29, 1941 died in the La Tuna in Guayama the immortal leader of contemporary race, Sweet Dream, which was owned by Don Genaro Cautiño Insua. This stallion was tamed by another teacher of the chair, Don Eusebio Masso. Their children were all champions or deserving of that title: Sweet Dream Jr., Guamaní, Battle, Fantasy, Eve, Congo Fino, Duce, Child, Telegraph, Candy, Indio, Arrogant, Cacique, Dos de Mayo, Admiral, Tasty, Celestino and Noteworthy.

In 1943 the first studbook Paso Fino Horse result of the awareness of the Association of Owners of Horses chair Puerto Rico, which in 1965 was renamed Sports Federation Paso Fino PR was established.

Another major event in history that narrate this afternoon, occurred on February 27, 1946. On that memorable date in the Dominican Republic in international competition in which participated held our horses. It was called The First Interantillano Horse Tournament Chair. They won awards Glass & Baby, representatives of our country, the latter property of the deceased naguabeño athlete, Don William Strong.

The Paso Fino continued encampanándose in the history of our country on the night of June 26, 1949 at the legendary Sixto Escobar Park. That Sunday a resounding competition was discussed by the Puerto Rican press with a great display of pages is held. Two sons of Sweet Dream aspired to the title of champion and a close decision victorious Candy copy of Don Manuel Hernández Rosa de Mayagüez, masterfully assembled by Ignacio "The Jockey" Arroyo. His worthy opponent was Guamaní, ridden by another ace of Puerto Rican flange, Don Cesar Figueroa. Guamaní obtained after the champion for three consecutive years.

In 1952 the governor Don Luis Muñoz Marín, proclaimed the National Sports Paso Fino and then in 1955, the athlete Don Manolo Caceres, founded the Academy of Riding Sabana Llana in Carolina. This was owner Champion Fine Forms, copy Sailor. This Academy held a historic competition for young riders, giving luster and dignity of the Puerto Rican horse riding. This was the first on the island.

In 1966 he arrived in Puerto Rico Colombia horse and Insular newly founded Association, allowed these individuals were enrolled in the genealogical record of our horse. From that date flatly changed the course of history Paso Fino Horse. In 1968 exclusive jurisdiction to mares and fillies that was well received in the Puerto Rican people organized.

Another fact to emphasize is that it also created two prestigious associations in defense of our horse, first the Insular Association of Owners and Breeders Horse Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino in 1973 and the following year the club was founded CERA, Club Riding in the Region of Arecibo. Both institutions also aimed to promote the sport of Paso Fino in Puerto Rico.

In 1978 the Puerto Rican public witnessed a competition called The Open, where Colombians and horses our horses participated. Since then, gradually, the Colombian horse was becoming lord and master of the spectacle offered by riding horses.

In 1979, as a counterpart to that fact was held in Guayama the first Fair 1984 Sweet Dream and The Country Fair, organized by the Federation of Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses.

In 1988, as a tribute to our horse, the Hall of Fame Paso Fino Horse was established.

Currently in Puerto Rico many competitions in different parts of the island, where the best individuals involved are held. At a time now, not infrequently in the judging decisions are issued by judges obviously marked by the influence of the Colombian horse.

Therefore, as owner and former judge at competitions Paso Fino, dating back to the years 1968 and 1969 in the Federation of Paso Fino Horse, I've been a big supporter of our horse and staunch critic of the judgments that prevail under the Colombian pot. So I've posted on the website, PurodeAquí.com athlete and dear friend, Romualdo Olazabal, son, the following open letter:

"I write with a pressing concern with clarity of mind. It is the competence of our Paso Fino horse. I am convinced that the horse and treads on a wide penumbra, a fact which emerges many times is judged at the mercy of foreign criteria, framed in the Colombian step, which is antagonistic to that of our horse, cuta breed dates back to the eighteenth century.

In short, these judges and also begin to issue their awards microphone in hand, even resorting to speak to the twists and sayings of the neighboring country. I wonder how many of these judges have a pure horse? How many favor it? How many have been fed?

The Puerto Rican people must weigh what is said and called to defend with spear in hand, since the Paso Fino gates are open wide, a fact that undermines the Puerto Rican culture at the edge of a bottomless abyss. Oh blessed! Is there purists what judges available to judge our horse, which is fine, delicate, that of the four times? "

The horse deserves our relief. No one should blush. Yesterday is faith, but we are facing a moral dilemma, the horse or the Colombian Paso Fino horse. I, at this moment you surrender again a minimum tribute. They are few tenths that recorded the national singer Andres Jimenez in his CD entitled "So we are".


In the course of my life
against the backwater of the river,
Singing the arable field
My dear tierruca.
Tenth Canto felt
with Puerto Rican seasoning,
while I brush smiling
for further road
My Pony fine pitch
grandson of Sweet Dream.

I will overcome the trill
thrush and the nightingale
singing ballads of love
Paso Fino at parties.
That singing is my destiny
under the lights of the wind,
exalting the feeling
prisoner in the beautiful,
because tuck the flash
Creole I bewitchment.

In the flowered shore
and in the nest of dreams,
My Puerto Rican singing
is another outstretched hand.
The horse gives me life
under that brave blue,
because I feel happy
because God left his mark
the shining star
its lilting step.

When the sun is brave
My horse is a party,
the same for the forest
that by the riverside,
And in defiance
by the lights of the pines,
by poetic ways
becomes enchanted arpeggio,
as it passes fanned
Divine four times.

Lecture by invitation Alliance Paso Fino in Trujillo Alto Picadero Saturday April 6, 2014.
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Open Letter from Prof Antonio Ramírez Córdova

Our dear friend, Professor Antonio Ramírez Córdova sent us this letter with some of their concerns about the judges and the situation of our race.


I write with a pressing concern with clarity of mind. Se trata de las Competencias del Caballo de Paso Fino nuestro, único en el mundo y Tesoro Nacional para el doctor Ferdinand Padrón Jiménez, Catedrático de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Utuado.

Estoy convencido que dicho caballo pisa ya sobre una ancha penumbra, hecho que aflora las veces que es juzgado a merced de criterios foráneos, enmarcados en el paso colombiano, que es antagónico al del caballo nuestro, cuya raza se remonta al Siglo XVIII.

En pocas palabras, dichos jueces ya comienzan también a emitir sus laudos, micrófono en mano, recurriendo incluso al habla, a los giros ya los decires del país hermano.

Yo pregunto, ¿cuántos de dichos jueces poseen un caballo puro? ¿Cuántos lo favorecen? ¿Cuántos le han dado de comer?

El pueblo Puertorriqueño debe sopesar lo dicho, así como los llamados a defenderlo con la lanza en ristre, ya que los portones del Paso Fino están abiertos de par en par, hecho que atenta contra la Cultura Puertorriqueña, al borde de un abismo insondable. ¡Ay bendito!

¿Es que no hay jueces puristas disponibles para juzgar nuestro caballo, que es el fino, el delicado, el de los cuatro tiempos?

Antonio Ramírez Córdova
Utuado, Puerto Rico.

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Antonio tiene razón… sencilla y llanamente, el juzgamiento actual está haciéndole daño al Purismo porque abre una puerta para que entre el error –y el horror– a nuestra raza.

Los jueces, con sus decisiones, construyen el modelo que seguirán las siguientes generaciones. Por eso es tan importante que sus decisiones sean certeras, basadas en la definición de nuestro caballo, en sus características… y no en los criterios que se utilizan en el deporte hermano del Paso Fino Colombiano. Esto sería el equivalente a tener árbitros de softball en un juego de baseball, se parecen pero no son iguales.

Pero es importante –importantísimo– aclarar que la decisión de usar los jueces preparados por la Asociación de Jueces y ahora, más recientemente, por la Federación Técnica, ha sido acertada y de mucho provecho para el purismo. Al menos eliminó el “panismo” y trajo criterios objetivos a nuestros juzgamientos. Pero que sea mejor no significa que sea perfecto.

Mirando los juzgamientos en los últimos años, veo una tendencia a agravarse. Los criterios son más “colombianizados” y el léxico que se utiliza no es el apropiado. Pero, ojo, esta es una tendencia que trasciende los jueces y que se ve en los dueños, en los montadores, en los fanáticos… la culpa no puede ser solamente de los jueces, sino que una gran responsabilidad de lo que sucede cae sobre las entidades.

Verán, los jueces de “la vieja guardia”, como Wilo Fuertes o Laguna Mimoso, conocen el Paso Fino Puro, vivieron parte de su historia y saben las diferencias que existen entre las dos razas. Pero no podemos esperar que jueces más nuevos, que no conocen el Purismo de primera mano y que están marcadamente influenciados por el Paso Fino Colombiano, sepan juzgar de manera objetiva nuestra raza si no se les enseña. La culpa no es de ellos, sino de los directores de jueces en las entidades, que los lanzan a juzgar nuestros caballos sin más ni más.

Lo mismo sucede con los dueños, especialmente los que llegan nuevos al deporte y no conocen la raza… como es natural –yo también lo hago– visitan competencias de Colombianos y se dejan influenciar por lo que ellos hacen: la velocidad, la “apretaera”, el “parqueo”… y se olvidan que Paso Fino no son esas cosas sino el ritmo.

Los montadores padecen del mismo mal. Muchos de ellos montan caballos de ambas razas y algunos tienen la noción de que “es lo mismo”. Hace poco un montador reconocido dijo que le gusta llevar los caballos a competir “descalzos” (con todo lo que esto implica) para que no se “trochen”. El Paso Fino Puro Puertorriqueño puede estar fuera de paso, puede estar trancado o endosado, pero NUNCA estará trochado porque este es un aire diagonal ajeno a nuestra raza.

Antonio nos ha señalado un problema real y grave. Son muchas las veces que hemos repetido lo mismo de maneras diversas. Pero hoy quisiera ir más allá. En lugar de limitarnos a presentar el problema, me gustaría invitar a las entidades a dar un paso para remediarlo. Creo que si se ponen de acuerdo, podrían preparar un(os) taller(es) para capacitar estos jueces, enseñarles a reconocer la diferencia entre Paso Fino Puro Puertorriqueño y Paso Fino Colombiano. Wilo y Lulique, junto con David Lang y otros recursos del Purismo, podrían organizar y dar este taller. Digamos que es algo como un curso especializado o, como en algunas profesiones, un taller de educación continuada. Pero debe haber el compromiso de las entidades de SOLAMENTE usar los jueces que hayan tomado este taller. Esa sería una forma de ver que existe un “compromiso con la raza”, por usar una frase que estuvo de moda hace algunos años.

Sería interesante –y como no, productivo– que el taller estuviera abierto no solamente a los jueces (para ellos sería un requisito) sino para dueños y montadores. Así se aclararían algunos conceptos y se motivaría a otras personas a incursionar en el juzgamiento de nuestros caballos.

“Comprometido” no es quien le echa un poco de alimento o le pone una paca de heno a un Puro, sino quien se interesa por aprender sobre la raza y busca preservarla para las generaciones futuras. Comprometámonos todos, entonces, con nuestro deporte y nuestra raza.

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The Sota

Una hermosa historia del Prof. Antonio Ramírez Córdova

Salgo de casa silbando un emotivo bolero y el corazón se me torna victorioso, porque voy a cabalgar a mi caballo El Sota, un zaino color chocolate de Paso Fino puertorriqueño, único en el mundo, que puede hacerse brindis o poema en prosa, y rememoro mi niñez, cuando disfrutaba hasta más no poder un caballo chiringo de cochar vacas, propiedad de mi tío Lalao Córdova. Para mí era un caballo mágico para volar bajito a pelo, imaginando que un pájaro color alazán se llevaba el corazón de ambos en el pico por aquella finca inolvidable de vacas negras y blancas de raza holandesa.

Me adentro en el instante avivando esos recuerdos y pienso que mis ojos han mirado demasiados caballos y me digo sonriente que en lo más hondo de mi vida hay un caballo y alborozado voy a buscar el lomo de mi querendón y escucho que resopla en la jaula ya mi propio asombro, oigo también la luz de la mañana que atraviesa el pesebre con su color rosa amarillo y escucho entonces el árbol de Guamá que se abre, iluminando en el azul de esta mañana utuadeña, en el barrio Paso Palmas.

Al instante, bajo los muchos salmos del verdor jíbaro, le digo al viento que el caballo puertorriqueño de Paso Fino es inmortal, como los dioses mitológicos de Grecia en la antigüedad.

Y me acerco al pesebre y me siento dichoso y me digo, es hermoso mirar el paisaje y ponerlo a merced de uno a horcajadas de un buen caballo, porque cabalgar un caballo es vivir profundamente la poesía de la vida. Entonces pienso, que si hubiera campanas en ese instante se echarían al vuelo y digo, o que me sé de memoria, que los caballos nuestros de Paso Fino despiertan a su paso las flores mañaneras con su cadencia de siglos.

Por eso cuando llego al pesebre, repito lo ya sabido, que cabalgaría sobre la estrella de la mañana, pero también me digo que cabalgaré sobre la estrella de la noche y se me enciende el alma y añado sonriente, que donde se posa la paloma como ahora, se posa Dios.

Y pienso que el gallo calandro se hace también estrella cuando agita sus alas negras y anaranjadas frente a mis ojos y que el guaraguao pasa alto, casi tocando las nubes tan blancas como el jabón de afeitar y que la gallina pinta huye despavorida por detrás del pesebre y me digo y sonrío que el mundo jamás será un sombrero viejo lleno de polvo. Y desciendo al fondo de mi ensueño y pienso de inmediato que se han unido dos amigos entrañables del mes de abril cuando pongo el sudadero sobre los lomos de mi caballo, que voy a cabalgar por los caminos del día saciado de esplendor y de alegría, mientras El Sota orejea, porque presiente que pasará otra vez por los latidos de mi corazón en tierras de paraíso en lo infinito.

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