🇪🇸 We’re DELIGHTED to confirm the judge for the PRE horses at this year's South West Iberian Show on the 1st and 2nd Sept, is Marilyn Tennent. (Lusitano judge from the APSL TBC shortly). Thank you so much Marilyn - an honour to have you as a judge. Here follows an introduction to a lady with a notable career with the horses of Spain, and a little more on the special horse in the picture Victorioso....
MARILYN TENNENT has been involved with Spanish Horses for more than 40 years, having followed an initial fascination with the Breed to Seville in 1974 where she met the American photographer Robert Vavra and went on to spend time with many of the most notable Breeders of these horses while working with Robert on many of his famous books. This led on to the purchase of Principe, who famously starred as the “last unicorn” in the film Legend, and later on – after many years of study - to writing about the horse and its history for the book The Andalusian Horse, a Portrait, by Robert Vavra and published in 1992.
Having met the riders of the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre on their first visit to London in 1974, Marilyn was later to spend a considerable time working with Mercedes Gonzalez Cort, with whose help she bought the stallion Victorioso II, bred by the prestigious Stud of Jaime Guardiola Fantoni. Marilyn and her horse then spent 7 years at the home and training centre of D. Luis Ramos Paul in Los Palacios, Seville. Held in high esteem as a Classical Maestro, Luis had been Chief Instructor at the Real Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Jerez and also formerly a four-time Campeon de Espana in Doma Vaquera. With Luis as her mentor and based in the heartland of the Purebred Spanish Horse, Marilyn’s “apprenticeship” was rooted not only in the principles and practice of Classical Equitation but also in the history of the horse and the extensive culture and the many customs and traditions that surround it.
Victorioso achieved high honours in the show ring and then went on to win 3 Gold Medals in Doma Clasica with Luis before he and Marilyn came to the UK where they were unbeaten in Ridden Championships, including the Breed Shows and Royal Windsor, for 3 years. The pair later returned to Spain and were based at the Stud of Dehesa La Granja in the Sierra de Cadiz where stud work was added to the repertoire until ill health forced retirement from an active riding career. Marilyn has trained horses and has enjoyed instructing many riders of all ages in both Spain and England, and having attended the relevant Courses in Spain has worked as a Judge on many occasions over the years, in Spain, the UK and the United States.
South West Iberian Show
The South West Show for Lusitanos and Andalusians. 3rd and .4th Sept 2016, The G...