for Bochica's Photo Gallery
Imported from Colombia in
1984 Bochica Tres aged gracefully and served his owners, Bonnie and Charles
Minter, Sr., and the Bravo collection well. As a young stallion,
Bochica Tres was shown on the west coast and earned for himself the honor of
Title of Proficiency, as well as Legion of Merit and West Coast Champion in
Conformation and Classic Fino.
Charles and Bonnie accepted an invitation to exhibit Bochica
Tres at the Paso Fino Horse Association's 30th Grand National Championship
Show in Perry, Georgia, honoring those stallions
on the Top Ten Stallion List in past years. Bochica was on this list
for several years.
He introduced more Californians to the Paso Fino breed than any other Paso
Fino horse. He has set an example for all of his offspring who follow
him in such events as the Pre Olympics, Tournament of Roses, Hollywood
Christmas Parade, California State Fair's Cavalcade of Horses, and the 1999
American Pet Extravaganza.
Bochica Tres, ridden by Michael Minter, and two of his daughters, Fugitiva
Bravo, ridden by Martha Coolidge and Grabriela de Paso Bonita, ridden by
Carlos Sola were featured in the movie, Out to Sea, directed by Martha
Coolidge. Look for Bochica Tres, exhibited by Michael Minter in the
1999 National Geographics Feature The Nature of Horses.
Charles considers Bochica
Tres a tribute to correct conformation with a perfect four beat gait and much
brio. Many Paso Fino enthusiasts remember Bochica Tres as their first
introduction to the Paso Fino breed. The Minters consider themselves
indeed blessed to have owned such a stallion who has been honored by the
owners of his offspring who believed in him and showed their horses as well.
Bochica lived a full life at his retirement home in North Carolina with
Bonnie and Charles Minter. When it became apparent that he was living
in pain Charles had to make the hard decision to have him laid to rest.
On a beautiful cloudless day Bochica was groomed to perfection and the North Carolina family
gathered to honor him. Pictures were made of the granddaughters and his
last offspring Bochica Cuarto who is destined to take his sire’s place
as the main stallion of Minters’ Rancho Paso Bravo. His
gravesite is in a corner of the yard with Crepe Myrtle trees to shade his
place of honor. The Minters brought back to North Carolina the plaque honoring Mar de
Plata which will be placed in honor alongside Bochica Tres.
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