Hacienda El Tercer Ojo
Preserving the Paso Fino: A Cultural Treasure of Puerto Rico
The Paso Fino horse, revered as a cultural icon of Puerto Rico, embodies the island's rich heritage, blending Spanish and Caribbean influences into a unique and elegant breed. As the embodiment of Puerto Rican identity and tradition, the preservation of the Paso Fino holds significant importance not only for the equestrian community but for the entire island's cultural landscape. Paso Finos were first introduced to Canada in the late 60's.
The origins of the Paso Fino horse can be traced back to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the Caribbean. With them, they brought Andalusian, Spanish Jennet, and Barb horses, which interbred in the island to create the foundation of the Paso Fino breed. Over centuries, these horses evolved into the smooth-gaited, graceful animals known today.
For centuries, the Paso Fino has been an integral part of Puerto Rican culture, deeply intertwined with its history, festivals, and daily life. From agricultural work to ceremonial parades, the Paso Fino has played a pivotal role in the island's traditions, symbolizing strength, elegance, and pride. Its distinctive gait, characterized by its smoothness and precision, reflects the island's spirit of resilience and resilience.
Beyond its cultural significance, the Paso Fino also holds economic importance for Puerto Rico. The breed attracts tourists from around the world, drawn to the island's renowned Paso Fino shows and competitions. These events not only showcase the beauty and skill of the horses but also stimulate local economies through tourism, hospitality, and the equestrian industry.
Despite its cultural and economic value, the Paso Fino faces various threats to its preservation. Urbanization, changing agricultural practices, and genetic dilution pose challenges to the breed's survival. Additionally, natural disasters, such as hurricanes, can devastate breeding facilities and disrupt breeding programs. To combat these threats, concerted efforts must be made to protect and promote the Paso Fino.
Preserving the Paso Fino requires a multifaceted approach involving education, conservation, and sustainable management. Initiatives to raise awareness about the breed's significance can foster appreciation and support from local communities and policymakers. Conservation programs aimed at maintaining genetic diversity and breeding standards are essential for ensuring the breed's long-term viability. Furthermore, sustainable land management practices can safeguard the natural habitats of Paso Fino horses and protect them from encroaching development.
In conclusion, the Paso Fino horse stands as a symbol of Puerto Rican culture, embodying the island's history, identity, and resilience. Its preservation is not only a matter of safeguarding a cherished breed but also of protecting the essence of Puerto Rico itself. By recognizing the importance of the Paso Fino and implementing strategies for its conservation, we can ensure that future generations continue to admire and appreciate this beloved cultural treasure. In Canada we recognize such importance as a very versatile and utilitarian animal and have a establish a program to preserve the breed in partnership with breeders in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Breed Preservation Program
Yeguada Fundacion contributes to the preservation of the oldest and legendary equine breed in the Americas: the extraordinary Paso Fino from Puerto Rico. We continuously partner with several international breeders to bring the best bloodlines to Canada, a place where the breed was introduced more than 50 years ago. Certain foundation bloodlines are preserved in integrity for the future of the breed. A team of four breeders dedicate efforts to facilitate the process, from imports to top of the line breeding programs. For more information on how to support the project or if you have an animal that worth preserving and need a home please contact: 306-491-9506.
Paso Fino Podcast
Podcast historico y educativo dedicado al Paso Fino.
Soliloquios del desvelo
Blog sobre experiencias, análisis crítico, investigaciones y recomendaciones sobre Paso Fino
March 15, 2018
Caballo especial. Hijo de Don Coqui y Barbarela. Con una frecuencia especial, hermoso, completo de todos angulos. La vida no me lo dejo disfrutar. Fallecio como resultado de las negligencias de Luis Morales y su "compañía" de transporte equino.
Consultoría sobre genealogía de Paso Fino. Adquiera conocimientos sobre como leer su registro genealogico y maximizar el potencial genetico de su animal.
Juventud divino tesoro
February 14, 2018
Esta fotografia es muy importante para mi, en ella mi maestra y la mejor amazona de puerto rico de todos los tiempos Dona Soli Sotomayor del Toro y mis amigas Awilda Gonzalez y Coral Perez, ambas muy conocedoras de caballos de paso fino y paseadoras del trópico isleño. Todos evaluadores de Caballos de OPaso Fino certificados por la escuela municipal de Gauynabo circa 1988. SOli fue coordinadora del seminario junto a la alianza. El sseminario fue presentado por Pachin Gonzalez y solo unos pocos de nosotros nos graduamos. Aqui la eviencia. Escuela principal de formacion presedente a las posteriores auspiciadas por el movimiento colombiano en Puerto Rico.
Circulo de Ganadores
January 15, 2018
Fotografia Original publicada en el nuevo día y en las redes sociales, en ocasiones robada y publicada en libros sin crédito y sin autorización.