Open Letter from Prof Antonio Ramirez Córdova

Our dear friend, Professor Antonio Ramirez Cordova, sent us this letter with some of their concerns about the judges and the state of our race.


I write with a pressing concern with clarity of mind. These are the skills of our Paso Fino Horse, unique in the world and National Treasury to Dr. Ferdinand Padron Jimenez, Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Utuado.

I am convinced that the horse and step on a wide penumbra, a fact that surfaces many times is judged at the mercy of foreign criteria, framed in the Colombian step, which is antagonistic to that of our horse, the breed dates back to the eighteenth century.

In short, these judges and also begin to issue their rulings, microphone in hand, even resorting to speech, the twists and the 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 it with his lance, as the Paso Fino gates are open wide, a fact that undermines the Puerto Rican Culture, the edge of a bottomless pit. Oh blessed!

Is purists no judges available to judge our horse, which is the thin, delicate, of the four times?

Antonio Ramirez Córdova
Utuado, Puerto Rico.

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Antonio is right ... quite simply, the current trial is hurting the Purismo because it opens a door for between error-and the horror of our race.

The judges, with their decisions, the model will build the next generation. Therefore it is very important that their decisions are accurate, based on the definition of our horse, in their features ... and not in the criteria used in the sister sport of Paso Fino Colombiano. This would be the equivalent of having softball umpires in a baseball game, look but not the same.

But it is important -importantísimo- clarify that the decision to use the judges prepared by the Association of Judges and now, more recently, by the Technical Federation, has been successful and very useful for purism. At least eliminated the "PAN" and brought our judgments objectives criteria. But it is better not mean it's perfect.

Looking at the judgments in recent years, I see a tendency to worsen. The criteria are more "colombianizados" and vocabulary used is not appropriate. But watch out, this is a trend that transcends and judges you see on the owners, in assemblers in fans ... can not blame only the judges but a great responsibility for what happens falls on entities.

You see, the judges of the "old guard" as Strong Wilo or Laguna Cuddly, know the Paso Fino Cigar, lived part of their history and know the differences between the two races. But we can not expect more new judges, who know firsthand Purism and are markedly influenced by the Colombian Paso Fino, know objectively judge our race if not taught. The fault is not theirs but the principals judges entities, that our horses rush to judge without more ado.

The same applies to owners, especially those coming new to the sport and do not know the race course ... as I too hago- visit the Colombian skills and are influenced by what they do: speed, "apretaera" The "parking" ... and forget that Paso Fino but are not those things up.

The fitters suffer from the same affliction. Many of them ride horses of both breeds and some have the notion that "the same". Recently a recognized fitter said he likes to take the horses to compete "barefoot" (with all that this implies) to be no "Trochen". The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino may be out of step, or lockout may be endorsed, but NEVER be trochado because this is a diagonal air outside our race.

Antonio has shown us a real and serious problem. There are many times we have repeated the same thing in different ways. But today I would like to go further. Instead of just presenting the problem, I would encourage banks to take a step to remedy. I think if they agree, they could prepare a (os) workshop (s) to train these judges, taught to recognize the difference between Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino and Paso Fino Colombiano. Wilo and Lulique with David Lang and other resources Purismo could organize and take this workshop. Call it something like a specialized or, in some professions, continuing education workshop course. But there must be a commitment to entities using ONLY judges who have taken this workshop. That would be a way of seeing that a "commitment to the race," to use a phrase that was popular some years ago.

It would be interesting-as, productive-that the workshop was open not only to the judges (for them would be a requirement) but for owners and assemblers. So clarify some concepts and motivate others to venture into the trial of our horses.

"Engaged" is not who will take a bit of food or puts a bale of hay to a Pure, but who is interested in learning about race and seeks to preserve it for future generations. Commit all, then, with our sport and our race.

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The Sota

A beautiful story of Prof. Antonio Ramirez Córdova

I leave the house whistling an emotional bolero and my heart becomes victorious, because I'm going to ride my horse The Sota a chestnut chocolate Paso Fino Puerto Rican, unique in the world, which can be toast or prose poem and look back my childhood, when he enjoyed to the utmost one horse chiringo cochar cows, owned by my uncle Lalao Córdova. For me it was a magical flying horse bareback softly, imagining a chestnut colored bird in the heart of both the peak was carried by that unforgettable farm black and white cows in Dutch breed.

I go into the instant fueling those memories and I think my eyes have watched too many horses and tell myself smiling in the depths of my life there is a horse and jubilant'll get the back of my querendón and heard snorting in the cage and my own amazement, also hear the morning light that passes through the manger with his yellow pink and then listen Guama tree that opens, illuminating in blue utuadeña this morning in Paso Palmas neighborhood.

Instantly, under many psalms jíbaro greenery, I tell the wind Puerto Rican Paso Fino horse is immortal, like the Greek mythological gods in antiquity.

And I go to the crib and I am happy and I say, look at the scenery is beautiful and put at the mercy of one astride a good horse, ride a horse that is deeply live the poetry of life. So I think that if there were bells at that moment would cast the fly and say, or that I know by heart, that our Paso Fino horses awaken the early morning passing flowers with their cadence centuries.

So when I get to the crib, I repeat what is already known, it would ride on the morning star, but also tell me that will ride on the star of the night and lights my soul and add smiling, where the pigeon lands as Now, God comes down.

And I think the calender rooster is also star when waving their black and orange wings in front of my eyes and the guaraguao goes high, almost touching the clouds as white as shaving soap and pint chicken flees in terror behind the manger and I smile and I say that the world will never be a dusty old hat. And go down to the bottom of my dream and I think once you have joined two close friends in April when I put the sweat lodge on the backs of my horse, I will ride on the roads of the day satisfied with splendor and joy while The orejea Sota, because he feels that happen again by the beating of my heart in the land of paradise in the infinite.

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Again Prof. Antonio Cordova Ramirez gives us a picture of our race in recounting the history of horse Ringer, undoubtedly one of the greatest horses of our time ...


By Antonio Ramirez Córdova
Professor of Literature, UPR Utuado

Ringer, the legendary Puerto Rican Paso Fino champion, unique in the world, was born on October 1, 1980 in Isabela. Intended, since she gave her first steps behind her mother, Tinkerbell, proud to be a king in the stables of the country. A horse that has earned within the illuminated words of that exalted assembly fascinating chapter, inside and outside the borders of Puerto Rican culture.

The day I saw him for the first time competing, making a flowery finery and haughty step, I told a friend: "That horse wins at him." And so it was. He won imposing its class, with prodigious cadence lightning and burning briskly.

It is common knowledge that it was an extraordinary horse dragged after his well-earned fame, many understood, they saw four out of their helmet gleaming stars, like his father, Ulesati.

I simply collect his legend and his fame deserved words lovingly free as the wind, knowing that life is made more omissions than memories.

Your agronomist breeder was Jose Elias Abreu, who according to his close associates, he saw that the colt would over time outstanding in the history of horse riding horse thus his lineage, as its fine appearance, seasoned with stars, that the wind brushed her mane.

It is said that an eyewitness, at the beginning of dressage, under the reins of the teacher, Vivian Feliciano, stated: "That colt had wanted for himself the liberator Simon Bolivar."

And the horse was one truly lilting, a rampant verve notorious unsurpassed in its balance, perfect neck, raised rash that left gaping to the chair.

One of its editors privileged Gorito Ballester, once said: "I do not see anything above the ears when ringer is turned", imagining that the horse wore on those unforgettable moments, a couple of lit jachos tabonuco and heart of a medieval crusader.

The Adjuntas sportsman Jorge "Gory" Ballester recognized sports figure Puerto Rican Paso Fino, also sensed that the horse would be a champion, dearly bought their feelings and, to the delight of his wife Lillian, and their children, Mario and Gorito. Therefore they sought Montaran always extraordinary aces flange, such as: Vivian Feliciano, Minin and Black Kuilan, Rodrigo Brand, Gorito Ballester and Adjuntas Rodolfo Maldonado Velez.

They realized early, that when riding on their backs, they were participants in a feast of the gods, where the viewer could also be elated by the strength, disposition and spontaneity of Ringer, which could naturally overcome with joyful attributes, the best striker "forward" a recopa football.

Gory Ballester horse speaks with pride of feeling in your hands a transparent and untouchable scepter deserved pride. He says that when he saw the best, was once your son Gorito spontaneously released her bridle and the horse went waltzing, without breaking step, knowing a monarch who walks with pride on the seven colors of the rainbow.

Undisguised glee, Ringer adds that he possessed in his glory days of splendid post protruding from the visible sky, because of their helmets and went a perfect escape music, among the majestic moments of his reign as champion.

It should be emphasized that Gory acquired when the horse was four and it was a winner in all regional competitions, always showing his high magic and dreamlike splendor.

The color of the horse chestnut was full color, large and medium-sized curd presence grace. Amazingly, as the enduring greatness of his symbol.

He was champion booked in World Competition Paso Fino held in Ponce in 1989, as was usual with him, he showed that day, his poetic transience, which was adding to, as he passed the event, as rivals worthy, were gradually fading over Later wheels.

A Ringer so patiently tamed Vivian Feliciano, an ace of aces of the flanges of our history, using a "current bocao" which had its bridge in an invisible mark with a V for victory and as said, earned him the fair fame that also exceeded our borders, because one of their children, copy Gavilan wowed spectators Canada. This horse was full brother of Ringer Jacaranda, perhaps the best Paso Fino mare view of a while now.

For your greatness, Ringer was a difficult road traveler came to the somewhat dehydrated skills, then grown, despite the advantage was always taking the power of the splendor of fine horse, tightening the end, as the certainties the soul of an unbeatable warrior.

Caged, says Gory- was always dominant temperament, as the rumor and power of a river dump.

The Colombian editor, Rodrigo Brand once said, undeterred, if Ringer had stepped on Colombian soil, surely had enumerated hundreds of mares, lifting eyelids forcing many knowledgeable horse world, in the country of magical realism, which fits so much poetry and music.

In his old age the horse Champ at home in the paddock in Juncos Don Rubén Reyes, who always knew that there had one of the great champions of Paso Fino of all time. Referring to the horse always said Ringer "Gory horse", in tribute to the friendship that has united in the waves of time.

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It arrived looking both expected and arrived who had to get

Now came the expected breeding Paradise Coast and Buenaventura ... and as we had the macho (Paradise Loma), we had high hopes that this second time we did the crossing out hembrita us ... and gave us ... !!! Hembrita, sorrel, mask and patiblanca ... and if this was not enough, was born big, beautiful and strong ... I do not know if you've noticed, but we are CRAZY with it ... now we need to seek you help us name ... ... ???

Proposed names:
Francisca (by Naomi, in honor of the new Pope)
Princess Buenaventura (by Lourdes)
Godspeed (by Sandra)

A little video that Naomi took with his iPhone,

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