Por Favor! by Bill Firman -
an excellent article on what makes the largo gait. Bill owns
a number of Paso Finos who are bred to look not only look good,
but also have the naturally bred-in range of gait, speed, and
smoothness for which La Caballeriza Paso Finos are known worldwide.
- Ask Barb
LaCE - Colombian or PR?
did the 'de Vez' farm name come from?
was Coral LaCE crossed mainly on PPR mares at La Caballeriza?
there a 'nick' between any particular horses/bloodlines that
has produced closest to an ideal 'de vez' horse?
many Coral LaCE offspring and grand-offspring have won the National
- *Was a specific plan implemented
when breeding Coral LaCE at La Caballeriza?
- *What other stallions have you
used/favored besides Coral LaCE and what were their best known
or favored traits?
- *You raise Paso Finos to sell,
of course, but how do you know when you have a very special horse
that needs to be held back as breeding stock?
Why Coral LaCE?
- After years of breeding, showing,
and promoting Pure Puerto Rican Paso Finos, I began to notice
a certain group of amateur owner/rider/trained Pasos at shows
who were quite successful. The horses were beautiful, exceptionally
well-gaited at any range, and their dispositions were outstanding.
When I made some inquiries, I found all these horses I admired
had one thing in common - they were the offspring of Coral LaCE.
He was the one Paso who could turn my attention from the pure
Puerto Rican Pasos I love so much. I made arrangements to breed
several of my mares to Coral and several years later was fortunate
to acquire him for La Caballeriza Paso Finos.
Coral LaCE - Colombian or PR?
- Coral LaCE was a pure Colombian
Paso Fino stallion. Because the LaCE farm name was added to Coral's
name, many people assumed incorrectly that Coral was related
to other LaCE horses - many of whom were pure Puerto Rican. In
fact, no LaCE horses were directly related to Coral and Mr. LaHood
never bred any of his mares to Coral while he owned him.
Where did the 'de Vez' farm name come from?
- The 'de Vez' farm name came
from a feisty little Paso Fino mare named Otra Vez. Although
it took nearly a year after we bought her to bring out her enormous
talent, she became a prized mare - so much so that we name all
of out horses in her honor.
Why was Coral LaCE crossed mainly on PPR mares at La Caballeriza?
- Coral LaCE was crossed mainly
on PPR mares because that was what I had and believed in fully.
However, they were very special PR mares. They were of the same
lineage of Maria Luisa (chosen in 1978 to be the PR Dam of Champions.)
They were also very heavy Batalla-bred in that they were either
direct daughters or granddaughters of Triunfo (PPR) . Triunfo
was a full brother to the dam of Kofresi and a son of Batalla.
Batalla was one of the two main stallions of Dulce Sueno who
was considered to be a foundation sire of PR Pasos.
(Very fine results were brought about by breeding to full
Colombian mares as well.)
Is there a 'nick'
between any particular horses/bloodlines that has produced closest
to an ideal 'de vez' horse?
- (A 'nick' is a breeding between
a particular stallion and mare or between certain bloodlines
which consistently and reliably produces outstanding results.)
- A nick was made between Novita
and Coral LaCE which produced 4 virtual clones to each other
except in color. They were prized as top riding mares and family
horses. Trudy Weichers now owns Coral's Maria de Vez and Coral's
Fantasia de Vez. I still own and love Manero de Vez. He is still
producing at 24 years old and his offspring carry his nature.
There was also the nick between Coral LaCE and Afortunada T that
produced outstanding horses like Cibuco de Vez that Gloria Austin
(owner of the largest private carriage center in the world and
a world renown horsewoman) owned. She announced that he is the
best horse she has ever owned. Then there is Coral's John Henry
de Vez whois always remembered after anyone rides him. He is
now with Trudy Weichers in Cedar Falls , Iowa, as well. Replica
de Vez is another truly outstanding mare that was Gloria Austin's
daughter's favorite horse. I was able to reacquire Replica and
she has produced outstanding foals. Trudy now has Coral's Siluette
de Vez that - an outstanding full sister. Uno de Dos de Vez will
never be forgotten with his owner Holly Lessenger. The duo was
well known in Youth Pleasure and Performance as they were awarded
National Champion Pleasure Stallion and third grand in Pleasure.
The nick between Coral and Nevada Princesa Mako was also outstanding.
The results are the well known Coral's Monarca de Vez owned by
Isaac Wyler and Willow Wind Mako, now deceased, that won every
thing in Performance Youth and Pleasure Youth as well as National
Champion Versatility three times in a row and multiple other
- Another stallion we used with
great success was Cantante de Omega - a Singer (Col) son out
of a Guamani (PPR) daughter, Guamanita. We found that Coral LaCE
and Coral LaCE sons crossed on Cantante's daughters made a great
nick for gait accuracy and phenomenal largos. Bronce de Vez,
2007 National largo champion is only one of several Coral and
Coral /Cantante crosses that have won this honor.
How many Coral LaCE offspring and grand-offspring have won
the National Largo race?
- Off hand I can think of several:
- Sirena de Coral Mako - two times
- Coral's Alejandro de Vez - two
times, Res. to Sirena filly
- A Sirena daughter
- A gelding - great grand son
that won three times
- Bronce de Vez - one time.
- Coral's Monarca de Vez came
in Res. to Sirena