OK, I’m in love, and everyone sitting beside me, behind me, in front of me, and in the crowd during the Dressage Freestyle was thinking the same thing. The audience loved Fuego XII the Pura Reza Espanola (PRE) Stallion from Spain and his rider Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz. He won crowd Gold at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, Kentucky 2010. The thirteen year old stallion by Utrerano VII X Elgido represents the culmination of the development of the Spanish breeding program which represents the classical qualities of everything anyone would want in a dressage horse. When he does the piaffe/passage you can see it in his face he would be happy to be doing it all day long. Our horsemarket and Dressagedaily manager Liz Ruggiero made sure to bring her hanky for this one, and she needed it. It was impossible to take a bad picture of this horse, and the rider charmed us as well.
Fuego and Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz showed the crowd and the judges that the PRE has now showed the world that the Spanish breed has risen to the top of the world rankings in all that a dressage horse represents. “We first saw this breed at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 “ said WEG Dressage judge Linda Zang, “and the Spanish have developed and nurtured the qualities which represent what we are looking for in the test.” Our good friend and breeder of the PRE in America Kim Boyer of Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport Michigan was thrilled at the result of what she has know all along, that this breed of horse is an important contribution to the sport of dressage. “OK, said Liz as she wiped her eyes after Fuego left the arena. “This will have to be my next horse.”