Terremoto de Manizales 
by Viviana Angel Maya, Medellin, Colombia

This sorrel horse was one of the best Paso Fino sires of Colombia and the entire world, because of his potential capacity to transmit all his qualities and goodness to his offspring. He was bred by the famous colombian sports journalist Javier Giraldo Neira on his well-known breeding farm "La Palmera", which is located in the city of Manizalez, department of Caldas (Colombia). Being just a colt, Terremoto was bought by Mr. Roberto Escobar Gaviria, who took it to his breeding farm "Potrerillo", located in the same city; but really most of the time, Terremoto spent his days at another of Roberto´s farms, that was called "Lomalinda", and that was located in the town of Rionegro, Antioquia.
If something made this horse different, it was that he was the only horse in the history of the colombian Paso Fino horses whose name was allowed to be changed. Before Roberto Escobar bought him, his real name was Principe de la Palmera. It was Mr. Escobar who made the decision to change the horse´s name to Terremoto de Manizalez. 


Only the best is good enough.

The Paso Fino Bloodlines you will find at Paso Fino Rancho Manabao are known to you. Do names like Resorte III, Plebeyo, Retorno del Ocho (Capuchino), Caribe etc. ring a bell? Well, all this is what we've got in the bloodlines of our paso finos. And it is one strain of which we are very proud and fortunate to have: "Principe de la Palmera", better known as the legendary "Terremoto de Manizales". Please read about this wonderful stallion in the following excellent article:

Breeding & Raising passion horses.

In the year 1992 Terremoto rendered his service as a stallion to impregnate a lot of mares on the famous farm of the recognized family Ochoa, called "La Loma" (located in Envigado, Antioquia). Then he was stolen by the terrorist organization "Los Pepes"; the reazon of the theft was the war that by that time had started between Medellín´s Drug Cartel (Mr. Roberto Escobar was one of it´s members, he was full brother to the terrible gangster Pablo Escobar) and Cali´s Cartel. Roberto´s enemies knew that the best point where they could affect him, was his prefered horse, which no doubt was Terremoto. Even though the Ochoa family and it´s trainers put all their efforts to avoid the theft, it was impossible. As part of their efforts, they tried to offer one of his best horses, Atrevido del 8, in the place of Terremoto, but nothing worked. Hours later the grand Terremoto was abandoned in a well- transited avenue of Medellín, properly called "La Aguacatala". But the horse was no longer the same, he was gelded by these cruel people, who finished the excellent quality of sire that this noble horse had been.

Mr. Roberto was really affected, if we consider that this horse was the son of two grand champions. And most of all, he executed an extra fast and incomparably fine gait, a quality that brought him the opportunity to defeat, in many Colombian expositions, other well-known Paso Fino horses such as Francisco el Hombre, Bachue, J.R Simbolo and Postin. Some of them had been declared "Out of Contest" years later and the others won a lot of Championships. That´s why probably if Terremoto hadn´t been gelded, actually he would have been "Out of Contest".

Even though Terremoto has received a lot of prizes and Championships through the different colombian horse fairs, the most important of all is the excellent quality of descendents he has left, which is represented in a lot of stallions and mares who posses his same unequalled characteristics. Some of them are: Refuego de la Palmera (exported recently to the U.S), Recompensa (Out of Contest mare in Colombia and also exported to the U.S), the Grand U.S Champion Hussein and his full brother who is in Colombia, Artesano; the World Paso Fino Champion of 1999, Vitral and many more. In our days, colombian Paso Fino horse breeders of all the world are looking for Terremoto´s lineage to improve their Paso Fino pedigrees. People pay enormous amounts of money to obtain Terremoto´s offspring or their stud fees.

Finally, Terremoto´s tragedy did not take away Mr. Roberto´s love for his favorite horse. In our days, this unforgettable horse is his property and passes his time on the farm where one day he impregnated some mothers of his excellent descendents, on the Potrerillo breeding farm.

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