FIVE TIMES U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS
(*AV SOL de PAIJAN+ x *FERIA CAYALTI)
BEST GAITED HORSE IN SHOW
You might wonder what the * prefix and the + suffix on her name mean. The * asterisk implies that she is an imported horse. The + plus sign, stands for a National Laureada Award, the highest honor a horse can achieve in competition in the showring in our Peruvian Paso Breed. She was a Champion of Champions Breeding Mare three times at the PPHRNA U.S. National Shows in 1991, 1999, and in 2000 at the age of 16! No other horse in our breed has been U.S. National Champion of Champions at that age.
Further, *RyR Fantasia+ was also the Champion of Champions Breeding Mare twice at the other (yes we stand "divided") AAOBPPH U.S. National Show in 1992 and 1995, making her a 5 times U.S. National Champion of Champions Breeding Mare. No other mare has achieved such a record in the 30 year old history of our breed in the U.S. So here we are, the very priviledged owners of a very rare and remarkable "Once in a Lifetime" kind of horse.
Along the way, *RyR Fantasia+ accumulated a ton of titles in her long show career. In Peru, she started as a halter and bozal winner at the Peruvian Nationals in 1988, and 1989. Later, she earned the Champion of Champions Breeding Mare wide apart in times and places. She took it in Cieneguilla, Peru in 1989, Memphis TN in 1991 and 1994, Gainesville FL in 1990 and 1991, Lexington VA in 1995, Edinburg IN 1994, Houston TX in 1989 and 1991, Oklahoma City OK in 1997, and at the big (second in importance only to the Nationals) Southwest Show in Fort Worth TX in 1991, 1995 and 2000 becoming a Regional Laureada.
A total of fourteen Regional Champion of Champions Breeding Mare prizes. So here we go again. No other mare has accomplished such a record.
We are also the breeders of *RyR Fantasia+. That is why she carries the prefix "RyR" which distinguishes our horses. She is the daughter of *AV Sol de Paijan+, another Legendary Peruvian National Laureado, and *Feria Cayalti, also the dam of *RyR Galileo, our 1989
National Champion Stallion in Peru. Both *RyR Galileo and *RyR Fantasia+ along with the rest of the herd were moved from Peru to the U.S. in that year.
Not only has she won all those awards, but as well, her daughter by Principe de la Solana, RyR Milady at age 5 became a 2 time U.S. National Reserve Champion Breeding Mare, a Regional Champion of Champions Breeding Mare, a U.S. National Champion Junior Mare, and a wonderful producer in her own right.
TWICE U.S. NATIONAL RESERVE CHAMPION BREEDING MARE
(PRINCIPE de la SOLANA x *RYR FANTASIA+)
SIX TIMES REGIONAL
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS BREEDING MARE
Another daughter, the product of an inbreeding to *RyR Galileo, named RyR Luisiana was a National Champion of Champions in Canada a few years ago.
There are a hundred anecdotes from her long journey. But, the one that is most memorable for us took place at the 1999 PPHRNA U.S. Nationals, in Fort Worth, TX at the Will Rogers Coliseum. I was disappointed that the judges had overlooked her at the 1996 and 1997 U.S. Nationals in the Champion of Champions Breeding Mare Class. Could it have been for the almost total blindness in her eyes? I then "retired" her from competition. For two years she did not compete at any show.
But at Lauren's encouragement, *RyR Fantasia+ went back to the Nationals for "one more time". At the lineup, the judge asked me about the cloudy appearance of her eyes and I told him that she had cataracts some years ago. He inspected her eyesight and proceeded to tell me that she could nevertheless see. "Yes she can through the eyes of her rider whom she trusts." She went on to compete in the class and took the Champion of Champions Breeding Mare title with the approval of not only the judge, but, with the overwhelming support that (as I rode her) I felt coming from the crowd. When the announcer gave the results, there were a lot of tears of joy shed in that arena.
After the class she was drug tested, as is common at a show of this magnitude, and passed. A while later, at the conclusion of the show, I approached the Judge, Sr. Julio Peschiera, and requested the honor of having him ride my mare in the classic
"Barrida" (a display of the Champions of the show.) I noticed that he too, a longtime breeder and genuine gentleman was shedding some tears.
A year later, she was sixteen, and at the 2000 U.S. National she did it all over again. Champion of Champions Breeding Mare and Laureada! So here she is in 2003, our beloved *RyR Fantasia+ in Louisiana. Literally barefoot and pregnant at age 20. I mean sound and rideable, but, this time truly retired. She lives comfortably in a pasture about 100 feet away from our front porch, along with Pacifica, my wife Lauren's other magnificent broodmare, the dam of our U.S. National Champion of Champions Breeding Stallion, WFP El Joven Peru. But that is another story for another time!