The legacy of Galana

Rafa Angel asked me to write a review of Galana to read during the "Galana Challenge", a challenge that the Insular launch 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 anecdotes shared by his conversations with me Baby Beltran, David Lang for information on dates and characteristics of Galana, and Arsdelicata information for pedigrees.

Our race is formed on the legacy of a remarkable group of animals: horses and mares that left a mark on the history of the 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 the Modern Paso Fino". I mean the great mare Galana.

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

Baby Beltran has that mid-50s, Don Jose Ramirez Acosta had decided to sell some animals and he went to visit his farm in search of Lajas Galana filly. He was accompanied by teacher Don Toño Kuilan flange. Upon arrival, Ramirez and Acosta had sold the filly to a breeder named Carolina Angulo. Not finding the recommendation of Don Toño, Beltran bought two daughters horse Battle: Marina's mother Galana, and La Bruja, who later became the mother of Kofresí. Shortly later, Beltran makes it an angle and approach to get by buying from Galana $ 800. For comparison, Marina and The Witch 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. They were born three of the most important horses have 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, Beltran 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 the time-in competition mares were intended mostly for recría-, but is distinguished by its great verve, finesse and speed. Beltran at that time, where men walked only in horses, occasionally escaped Don Toño visit "brides" in Galana says. So impressive were his gait and elegance!

Besides Joseph B. Acosta Ramirez and Wilfredo "Baby" Beltran Galana also belonged to Genarín Nonon Cautiño and Figueroa. A sample of the great breeders become so because they recognize the immense value of 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 crosses to understand the huge genetic legacy that this mare has brought to our race.

With Kahifás produced

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

With Rainbow produced three extraordinary mares

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

With Candelaria produced

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

With a Fury

  • Desired (1970).

With Blossom produced

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

Its junction with Kofresí was a legendary crossing which produced some of the greatest legends of our race,

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

Among her grandchildren are some of the most recognized pieces of our time ... mention only a few because the list is immense,

  • Labriego;
  • Caribbean Domingo;
  • El Duende;
  • Ringer;
  • Temptress;
  • Music;
  • Freko;
  • Vanessa Flower;
  • Carnival Kofresí;
  • Rhythmic;
  • Cherub;
  • Cover;
  • Return Cialito;
  • Sound of Cialito;
  • Serpentine (Wendolyn mother and grandmother of Dominic and Caribbean Cuentas Claras);
  • Miguela of Cialito (mother Sovereign Lord);
  • Belinda (mother Majestic Replica);
  • Carfrega (mother Labriego controversy);
  • Finesse (father of Lineage d'Excellence);
  • Orchid (dam of Red Beard);
  • Equus;
  • Filigree 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 long live the Paso Fino !!!

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Minimum Paso Fino History

I return to the blog after many months with a lecture that the teacher and dear friend Antonio Ramirez Córdova issued in the month of April at the Stables 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 Paso Fino History

By: Antonio Ramirez Córdova

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

Horse deserves the stables and homes where it is wanted to appear signs that say: ". Paso Fino Horse is my joy, I have to love it and defend it, makes me happy and is 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 this glorious horse, already famous in the globe. If unrequited, I have the consolation of having been 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 moving into its prestigious home of fame and glory through time from the hand of God, his Maker.

If I would exceed my sayings I give in advance my sincere apologies as a safe friend willing at all times to dialogue.

Take this opportunity to tell you that nothing is further from my spirit pretend equipararme knowledge of the history of the Paso Fino horse, acquired by the outstanding historians whose books are available to anyone who wants penetrates in the issue that concerns us at the moment, in that 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 Cestero Ramon Ruiz, 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 history, will now give these words, hoping that they can pierce deeply in their hearts, especially in the young, who are new pine country, as he called the Cuban Apostle José Martí. Our horses have come to the absolute eternal fame for having dazzled our country, as well as citizens of other worlds, as happened in 1948 in Paris, France, when the engineer Félix Benítez Rexach Don exhibited by the Elysian Fields that city to our 3 dogs. These Sweet Dream Second, Emperor and Perla were called. They were mounted expertly 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 further I must stress that all of us here are already marked with indelible fingerprints words that wrote the famous Spanish horseman, Don Alvaro Domec, having on the walls of their stalls a sign that said: "The horse is my hobby" . In our case we can say, echoing as valuable words, the Paso Fino horse is our hobby, so we're going to delve briefly to the point 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 today composed of the republics of Dominican and Haiti mares by the western ports of Puerto Rico, according to the chronicles of the time. On the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1493, he left our shores of Spanish horses Andalusian Berber and Arab race, which were the predominant races on the Iberian Peninsula.

Renowned historian David Lang, tells us that for 1521, the Spanish Garcia Troche, son of conquistador Ponce de León and 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, Laird lands 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 lord of those lands that belonged to the Inca Empire, the name of the Emperor Charles V of Spain and First.

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

The Peruvian poet Jose Santos Chocano, describes the greatness of those horses in a poem dedicated to the conquest and in one of his poems says: "Andalusian horses, whose nerves have the flying sparks of the Arab race, stamped its glorious shoes dry on rocks in the plains, 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 cobbled shoes by 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 of the Paso Fino horse, which by 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, nor their names, but imagine satisfied and smiling because they wrote a golden page of our general history.

In 1782 Fray Iñigo Abbot and La Sierra did deserved praise to our horses and our horsemen and women, and skilled in the art of riding, 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 the softness of the tread of those horses.

In 1797, the French naturalist, Pierre Andre 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. Best worth one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars ", further adding that horses were on step, short step and stride.

Some time before Don Alejandro O Reilley made a census of our horse which states that inhabited the island in the year 1765, 18,157 horses and the best grazing in the fields of the people of Arecibo. These were sold in very respectable sum for the time. This Spanish official also added, for the pride of the young horsemen and women here who for islanders riding was the same as dressing. On the island there were no riding schools, he explained.

We may 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 breeders and fans of vast establishment knowledge and good wishes to regulate the awards in the festival of San Juan and San Pedro also asking who the winners and the names of their owners published in newspapers, also calling attention to the Society of Friends of the Country to our bloodstock is perfected. These recommendations served as the stimulus and widespread hopes in our people so that over time the horses our were highlighted with natural step four side time and that short and fine pitch were used by landowners and stewards for their walks the farm and their movement from one town to another.

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 rhythm, rhythmic, elastic and smooth movements reflected in the loins, 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, hold if it knows.

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

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

I say these words aware that I am not here to overcome nostalgia for the nineteenth century. Nor 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 peculiar gait is very difficult to describe and judge much worse, because even try to describe what is observed, our horse establishes a feeling harmony, rhythm and beauty, which man is achieved only when watching a masterpiece by Goya, Velázquez and Reembrant and that is the same as enjoying an Symphony Mozart for its delicate, playful and spiritual refinement style or where exquisite Puerto Rican danza, enriched by rhythmic melodies and rhythms that fill the atmosphere of pure romance is heard. "

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

In the year 1849, as stated above, to be published The Gíbaro 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 "candeladas" which were nothing than the fact the horse jumping over bonfires. This contemptuously called them barbaric customs 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 such a sinister side, as claimed by Atty. Quijano in his book History of the Paso Fino, tried to undermine the potential of our horse because it was viewed as one superior to the Spaniards. The Paso Fino horse contributed to the affirmation of Puerto Rican nationality, causing feelings of hatred and envy Pezuela. That our nation caught on significantly in the 1868 Grito de Lares.

In 1885, six years after the Republican side or decree was abolished so that was reckless and unreasonable and the Puerto Rican people could continue to celebrate the horse races, the candeladas and its festivities.

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

Thanks also to Atty. Quijano, we know two famous horses that excelled in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and responding to the same name: Spotted. The first belonged to the Aponte family of Yabucoa and the second cagüeño landowner, Don Nicolás Quiñones Cabezudo. Many Paso Fino horses have this feature as 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. Poet Don Luis Llorens Torres in one of his tithes affirming puertorriqueñidad, tells us that we mark this spot "per seculorum secula", ie, for ever and ever.

I must continue this conversation or conference reminding them that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century our race came across copies of European and American races. Dr. Don Carlos Gaztambide Arrillaga, añasqueño illustrious, tells us that our horse blood added to a few drops of the blood of the Morgan breed, hence its rounded buttock appears. That reflected the will of the breeders, and Don Don Florencio Santiago Clotilde of Coamo and Don Eugenio Verges the town of Guayama. Also add in one of your pages in no step of our horse was affected.

The twentieth century is truly hard for me to summarize it in as little time as I have available on the day. We can say without doubt that significantly improved our horse race. They started the famous horses Herons Calaff Manatee family, the Pharaohs of the Roig family Humacao, the Cups Bayamon Arrieta family, Gift of Don Manuel González de Salinas and the Princes of Don Eduardo Mendez of San Sebastián appear Cucumber. At that time the horses don José Pérez Llera de Cayey also highlights, among them, Pharaoh Old and pissed, Sweet Dream exemplary parents, known by the Father of the Puerto Rican contemporary bloodstock.

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

The Arecibo Industrial Agricultural Fair 1937, the First Championship Horse and Paso Fino Colts held. In this event were victorious horse Dram and Borinquen Pony Ubaldino Don Ramirez de Arellano. In 1938, Puerto Rico received 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, being victorious Congo Fino colt, owned by Don Lorenzo Padilla Colón de Arecibo.

The April 29, 1941 died in the La Tuna in Guayama the immortal head of contemporary race, Sweet Dream, which was owned by Don Genaro Cautiño Insua. This stallion was tamed by another master 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 Horse Paso Fino, the result of the awareness of the Association of Owners of Horses chair Puerto Rico, which in 1965 was renamed the Sports Federation Paso Fino PR was established.

Another major event in the story we tell this afternoon, occurred on February 27, 1946 In that memorable date in the Dominican Republic in international competition with the participation of our horses was held. It was called The First Horse Interantillano Tournament Chair. They obtained Glass & Baby awards, representatives of our country, the latter property of the deceased naguabeño sportsman, Don William Strong.

El Paso Fino encampanándose continued in the history of our country on the night of June 26, 1949 at the legendary Parque Sixto Escobar. That Sunday a high-profile competition that was discussed by the Puerto Rican press with a great display of pages held. Two sons of Sweet Dream aspired to the title of champion and a close decision victorious Candy copy of Don Manuel Rosa Hernandez Mayaguez masterfully assembled by Ignacio "The Jockey" Arroyo. His opponent was worthy Guamaní mounted on the other flange as Puerto Rican, Don Cesar Figueroa. Guamaní obtained after the champion for three consecutive years.

In 1952 Governor Don Luis Muñoz Marín, proclaimed the Paso Fino National Sport and then in 1955, the athlete Don Manolo Cáceres, founded the Academy Riding in Sabana Llana Carolina. This owned Champion Bellas Formas, Sailor copy. This Academy held a historic competition for young riders, who gave luster and dignity to the Puerto Rican riding. This was the first on the island.

In 1966 he came to Puerto Rico and the Colombian horse Insular newly founded Association, allowed these individuals were enrolled in the genealogical record of our horse. From that date categorically changed the course of history of the Paso Fino horse. In 1968 an exclusive competition for 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 Insular Association of Owners and Breeders of Paso Fino horses Cigar Puerto Ricans in 1973 and the following year the club was founded CERA, Club Riding Region Arecibo. Both institutions also aimed to promote the sport of Paso Fino in Puerto Rico.

In 1978 the Puerto Rican audience witnessed a competition called The Open, where Colombians took our horses and horses. Since then, gradually, the Colombian horse was becoming lord and master of the spectacle of saddle horses.

In 1979, in return for the event is held the first Fair in Guayama Sweet Dream and The Country Fair 1984, organized by the Federation of Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses.

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

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

Therefore, as an owner and former judge competency Paso Fino, which date 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. I have therefore 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 skills of our Paso Fino horse. 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, cuta breed dates back to the eighteenth century.

In short, these judges and also begin to issue their rulings microphone in hand, even resorting to speaking turns 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 at the edge of a bottomless abyss. Oh blessed! Is what purists no judges available to judge our horse, which is the thin, delicate, 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 point you surrender again minimal homage. They are a few tenths that recorded the national singer Andrés Jiménez 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
way to proceed
My Pony Paso Fino
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
Wind under the lights,
exalting feeling
prisoner in the beautiful,
tuck because the flash
I bewitchment Creole.

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

When the sun is brave
my horse is a party,
the same for the forest
that along the river,
And in defiance
by the lights of the pines,
by poetic ways
becomes enchanted arpeggio
its passage fanned
Divine four times.

Lecture by invitation Alliance Paso Fino Riding School in Trujillo Alto on Saturday April 6, 2014.
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Open Letter from Prof Antonio Ramirez Córdova

Nuestro querido amigo, el Profesor Antonio Ramírez Córdova, nos envía esta carta con algunas de sus preocupaciones en cuanto a los jueces y la situación de nuestra raza.


Escribo con una preocupación apremiante, con claridad de ánimo. 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.


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.

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.

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

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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