Luis Figueroa and his daughter, Monica, are working hard to prepare for one of the biggest horse shows in the country, the Piedmont Classic Paso Fino Horse Show in North Carolina.
While other teenager daughters may shy away from being pushed so hard for perfection, for Monica it’s a matter of family pride. You see, her mare is a Paso Fino, a unique breed that her grandfather began raising in Colombia over 100 years ago.
First brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus and used by the Spanish conquistadors to explore the new world, this variety of horse has now become popular amongst U.S. breeders who say they have music in their hooves. But for this family of horse enthusiasts, the Paso Fino means even more.
Luis, his wife and all their children each take part in running their family farm and training their twelve Paso Finos and those of their clients. While it’s often strenuous work that includes washing, trimming and shaping to perfection, it’s this family business that is the tie that binds them. “This is a wonderful tradition,” says Monica. “I’d love to pass it on to my children and grandchildren.”
My Generation rides along with this family of horse aficionados to discover to magic behind this long-lived tradition.