Tejano de Kofresi
1982 - 2000
Once upon a time in Puerto Rico, a mare
foaled on a little sand bar that had been created by a flood. Her owner had to
wade out to retrieve the foal, and naming the colt after a local
pirate, the legendary Kofresi
made his grand entrance.
One of his impressive sons, Tejano de
Kofresi, was to leave his mark in the U.S.. As a four year old, he
won Reserve National Champion, in both Fino Youth with Ramon
Figueroa riding, and the Fino Schooling class with Cese
had earned 480 points toward his T.O.P. when he stopped showing. He was the last living son of
Kofresi in the US.
‘I met Tejano one misty morning in
Ohio, and as I watched him come off of the trailer, I just
itched to ride him.
At home in New York, the next morning, he displayed his
dominance and pride – “it was two big guys with muscles,
ready to prove the
other wrong, but instead, we reached an understanding.”
I come from a culture that keeps a close
spiritual bond with owning a horse….they were more than just
pets, they were luxuries. Wealthy
people had the horses that were worthy of showing off. And here I was,
watching Tejano out in my pasture, all shiny and so full of
pride. I found
myself even deeper in my culture.
Louie would walk him around and I would just marvel at
the beauty and presence of this magnificent Puerto Rican
His bloodlines of Cupido and Kofresi represented every
bloodline in Puerto Rico. He
had to be great because he was born to it…..born to be a
prince of Puerto Rico!’