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Margarita Rose with Sierra de Angelina, Cefiro de Fenix & Llamativo

margarita rose and sierra



"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 started training horses about 20 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, exhibition/drille, showing, cow work or pleasure riding. I love being a part of a re-enactment club because I love the costumes and the history. My passion has turned to horse rescue and I now also own 3 other rescue horses: two Peruvians (mother & son) and a pony!

In 2016 and 2017 I won National titles for sidesaddle riding. Two of my Peruvians have also won National titles for High Point Parade/Exhibition Horse.

Sierra is an 17 year old bay Peruvian 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! She represented the Peruvian horse for 2 years at the San Diego County Fair, introducing thousands of people to the breed. I also owned her mother, Angelina, and was there the day Sierra was born... even carried her into the barn! She is currently being trained to drive a cart (because why not? lol)

Sierra's uncle, Cefiro is a 23 year old, 14.2 h, chestnut Peruvian 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, drill exhibition horse and a parade star. In 2017 he also won the NAPHA High Point Parade & Exhibition Horse award. Cefiro is often referred to as my "Rockstar".

My up and coming challenge has been Llamativo AKA "Tivo". I aquired him for $100 from the Humane Society as an unhandled, aggressive stallion who was on the Euthanasia List. He is a 14 h chestnut Peruvian with a wide, white blaze on his face and a frosted mane and tail. After years of groundwork, we are finally a riding team. Tivo represented the Peruvian breed in 2018 at the San Diego County Fair where I was able to sit onboard for the first time... in front of a crowd as a training demo! After years of research, I discovered his true identity. His registered name is Soneto en Rojo and he has incredible bloodlines. In a twist of fate, I was able to adopt his mom as well, now reunited forever.
Tivo, as I still call him, has been the most rewarding horse to train and he gives with his whole being. He has his own Facebook page, "Tivo in Training" if you'd like to know more about his story. We are in our first year of parades together. He is the cutest, bravest, smartest and most athletic of any of my herd and he truly is my "heart horse".