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Margarita Rose with Sierra de Angelina & Cefiro de Fenix

margarita rose and sierra

margarita rose & Cefiro

"When you are blessed to have horses, you are blessed enough." I have been lucky enough to have horses my entire life. Before I could walk I was in the saddle. I chuckle when I tell people that I am 42 years old but have been riding for 43 years. Horses are a family affair. My mom rode while I was in the womb and I also rode while my sons were in the womb. My husband and children both ride and our ranch now has 7 horses.
I started training horses over 10 years ago when I purchased Angelina, a 7 year old untrained Peruvian Paso mare. It is a pleasure and very rewarding to train my own small herd and am frequently complimented on my well-behaved horses. I believe firmly in the all-around horse and challenge my horses to do whatever I throw at them be it parades, endurance riding, showing, cow work or pleasure riding. I also love being a part of a re-enactment club because I love the costumes and the history. The Victorian era lent itself to a woman's wardrobe that was quite elaborate with bright color dresses and fussy accessories. I create my own costumes and hats because I am a designer and I find that researching historical patterns and materials is fascinating. Sometimes I feel I am living halfway between two worlds: the modern and the yesteryear.

Sierra is an 13 year old bay Peruvian Paso mare with a ton of Spanish black hair and just as much flair. She is only 13.3 hands tall (but in personality she is much, much bigger). In 2008, Sierra was the recipient of the NAPHA High Point Parade Horse award. That means in her registry, she was the best parade horse in the country! Sierra has a very high step and is the bright red Ferrari that I have always dreamed of.

Cefiro is a 19 year old chestnut Peruvian Paso gelding with a beautiful, thick frosted mane and tail. For the first 12 years of his life he led a very quiet life, living with his mother. After she passed at the age of 32, he came to live in San Diego with his sister and neice. His life changed very dramatically into a mountain trail horse and a parade star. 2015 was his first appearance in the Rose Parade, which he decided wasn't really in his wheelhouse.