Raised in Guadalajara, Ceci discovered her passion for horses when she spent a season in Europe taking care of few horses during a competition tour. More than simply learning to ride them, Ceci considers that experience allowed her to know them better, differentiate all the different breeds, their characters and needs, definitely she find this as the best way to have a close relationship, a conection and trust between a human and a horse. Ceci loves the simple things of life, she´s very independent and treasures her freedom, she considers children as her best teachers in life.
Ceci began with the vaulting discipline under Alejando Urrea´s mentorship, a great show jumping rider, and with whom she worked as instructor too. Later, she created her own school of vaulting and psychomotor skills for children and adults. She also works on an introduction program for babies to the equestrian World and also created the sport of horse Pilates, with knowledge of Vaulting.
Nowadays she participates at La Patrona as Vaulting and Pilates on horseback, and has a couple of children vaulting groups, besides being in charge of the Equinoterapies.
Pablo is a professional with proven experience practicing and teaching the different equestrian disciplines around the world throughout the last 25 years. At La Patrona, Pablo is our riding instructor, from the basics to the specialized lessons as Show Jumping, Dressage, Endurance and 3 day eventing. He is passionate about horses, always making sure they maintain optimal health for optimum performance.
Highlights of his career to date include training with the talented Eliza Lehrman – Grand Prix USA horsewoman, in Spain with Alfredo Fernandez Duran – Gran Premio horseman, Joe Furnihoe – Olimpic horseman from the UK, and many others. In other previous experience, Pablo was an Eventing trainer at the Reg Pary Stud Farm Glousestershire in England , Eventing trainer at Mr. Joe Furno´s private estate in Cheltenham Cleve Hill GL UK and in many other private stables in the Cotswolds Midlands area at the UK, and collaborated as Technical Director in charge of the breeding and training center at Finca San Miguel Canales in Guatemala.
He also collaborated at the Centro Ecuestre Las Colinas (Republica Dominicana), as Training Instructor and Private Jumping Instructor for Mr. Heimo Laakkonen and his family, before this he was Technical Director and Instructor at the Escuela de Equitacion Pegasus, property of Mr. Laakkonen in Costa Rica. He worked and trained with the horsewoman and Professional Training Instructor, Mrs. Miriam Frenk at Soto del Real Guadaliz de la Sierra España. Before this, he was Trainer for the Jumping Team at Rancho Sanchez in Managua, Nicaragua; worked at Escuela de Equitación El Rancho in Honduras , Picadero San Andres at El Salvador, SAE and Aurora Jockey Club in Guatemala.
We are very proud to have such a great instructor as part of La Patrona family.
With more than 25 years of experience in the world of horses, our Instructor of Polo, Raúl Ramírez Grijalva, is a pure professional.
Raúl started as a groom under the service of Giorgio Brignone in 1987, at the Costa Careyes Polo Club. Years later, he obtained his first opportunity to work overseas, first spending 7 months in Italy as the groom for Sr. Alberto Ardisone before returning to the Costa Careyes Club. In the years that followed, he completed polo-related studies in the Club Tecamac in México City, and in Chicago, Illinois with Sr. Mateo Zequeda.
From 1996 a 1998, Raúl, competed as a professional Polo player in Southern Ireland, then returned for several months to Club Costa Careyes. He went back to Europe in 1999, this time traveling to Northern Ireland and the world of polo as a player for the team Ireland Tyrone. Following his European experience, he was invited to play in Calgary, Canada, and later, in the Morgan Creek Club in Oswego, Illinois.
From 2003 to 2006, he worked for the Carcia Arce family as a polo instructor and professional polo player, prior to returning to Southern Ireland in 2007, joining the team at the Waterford Polo Club.
In 2010 y 2011, he worked for the Calgary Polo Club for a period of 6 months, before returning once again to the Costa Careyes Polo Club, participating in what would be his last season with the Costa Careyes Polo Club. This effectively concluded a period of 25 years in positions ranging from manager to professional player.
In December 2011, by invitation of Sr. Iván Echeverría, Raúl Ramírez was incorporated into the La Patrona Polo Club as Instructor of Polo.