No doubt there are people who influence the development of the other race. Breeders visionary bequeath to future generations the heritage of outstanding horses and individuals that serve as models for those who come after. I say this because the issue of the Dulce Sueño Fair this year was dedicated to one of these pillars of our race: Doña Carmen Barriers ... Here I share the beautiful portrait that was written on it.
Carmen, the Witch and the Promise
Barriers Carmen Iris Santiago was born in Caguas on May 19. Only daughter. His father, Manuel Peña Barreras was pharmacist; while his mother, Angelica Santiago Laureano, was dedicated to the care of the home.
A Carmen passion for horse comes from a very small. They say that his father did not like to take a ride because he gave tantrums that no man take it down.
Study social work with a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently on track to complete a doctorate in clinical social work.
Once finished his studies, Carmen is set in the United States. When you begin working achieves his dream and bought his first horse, which he named Lady. Shortly thereafter acquires two competition horses American Saddlebred breed, which competed with great success.
Return to Puerto Rico in 1972 and first foray in raising Paso Fino horses. Four years later, in 1976, Carmen acquires to be his two great loves: Warlock Kofresí and Promise of Cupid. El Brujo bought it Nonon Figueroa when he was one year; Promise and was only about two years when bought Dr. Carrasquillo. Experienced riders know how difficult it is to select a "champion" at such a young age, and Carmen chose not one but two of the most important examples of our race.
Promise of Cupid reaches Champion Filly titles and Grand Champion Mare in the Federation of Sport Horses Paso Fino PR; and will be remembered as one of the finest mares had our race. It is noteworthy that this extraordinary mare remained undefeated during his career in the ski competitions.
In 1980, Carmen moved to Isabela and bring their horses to the stables of José Hernández. By that time he had been born mare Spell, daughter Brujo and Promise, and one of the pillars in raising Carmen. From this date, the Wizard will be consolidated as one of the best pimps of their time and Grand Sire producing copies of the stature of Coralito, Digital, Aristocracy, Shadow of Warlock, Basallo, The Sorcerer, Warlock Amorosa, Pride Warlock, Carrilera and others.
For 1983, Carmen decides to move back to the United States and carries with it all copies, settling in South Carolina. At that time Vie Promise and Warlock in the PFOBA (now PFHA), being both as international champions. While in the United States, Carmen caste which will become his other great love: Indiscretion of Promise. A copy mediasangre Promise son Cupid in the famous Colombian Paso Fino stallion, Spring IV. This crossing left arrogance demonstrated genetic Promise and Carmen line because domino Indiscretion so that only the characteristics of his distinguished father.
At the request of a friend, in 1989 Carmen decides to bring back the Sorcerer Puerto Rico to serve as a pimp on the grounds of Minin Kuilan in Dorado. In that year the Sorcerer Kofresí served 86 mares, setting characteristics of naturalness, elasticity in the hindquarters, height, vigor and beauty.
Today, Carmen has about 12 copies all descendants of his three great loves: Warlock Kofresí, Cupid and Indiscretion Promise Promise. Among them is Manuela, double Warlock Kofresí and granddaughter of the great promise of Cupid, but especially worthy representative of the line Carmen developed and has guarded for over 40 years.
Carmen has not only excelled in horses, but also ventured into breeding purebred dogs. First with dogs Doberman Pinscher breed, where we remember his beloved "David" so smart that the only thing missing was speaking. Currently has a breeding Fila Brasileiro. Your preferred are Coco, Pechi, Hoya and Rex.
Those who have had the opportunity to learn about this great Puerto Rican woman can attest to his integrity and human sensitivity, strength and courage to face every challenge that life has arisen. Always accompanied by his trusty Toñita, who helps him since 1976. Women in Culture and deep enough look. Faithful and honest friend, who on more than one occasion sin to tell the unvarnished truth. Lover of music and poetry; and student of American Indian cultures. But above all, tireless advocate Race Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino.
~ * ~ Long live the Paso Fino! ~ * ~