|Liza in harmony with the gauchos|
Some time ago when Louisa was still with us I mentioned that it would be great if we could find an excellent horseperson from overseas to work full time on the estancia with gauchos.
The idea was to put that person in charge of the riding and horses. We have always had gauchos on the estancia and still do and still will. No doubt they can be exceptional horse people. But the very nature of the gaucho is to be a bit of a gypsy. They tend to move around and so sometimes it can be difficult to get consistency. Also they don’t speak English and many of the guests who come to us don’t speak Spanish so it can be a bit of a problem with communication.
|Liza in her own country Slovinia with one of her own horses|
So we decided to place an advert for an expert horse person who was a foreigner and who could speak Spanish. We had many replies from some very well qualified applicants. We filtered them down until we came to two candidates. They were both excellent but Louisa (bless her) had a certain feeling for Liza from Slovenia. I argued that she, in my opinion, was to young at 23, that the gauchos with their macho ways would run all over her. However, Louisa insisted and won the argument and I am so happy she did.
|Liza in competion|
Liza had 13 years riding experience, owned her own horses, and had participated in numerous competitions in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Guatemala in which she had done exceptionally well. She had moved on to study International affairs and Spanish in the USA. In the USA she also learned polo – Liza was our chosen one
Liza arrived at the estancia a couple of months ago to take charge of the horses and riding. Her job was to look after the guests make sure they got the rides they wanted and the horses that suited them. She would be the guide and get help from the gauchos. I stepped back and waited for problems. They didn’t come. Liza got to it straight away and I can honestly say that she has (if it was possible) improved the riding on the estancia. With her energy, her dedication and her big winning smile for guests she has proved to be a winner in every sense for our guests and gauchos alike. She is with us til the end of August when she leaves to further her studies. She will be an exceptionally hard act to follow for sure and this a big blog thank you to Liza for coming to work for us .
If you come to the estancia I am sure you will agree that Liza as they say in Spanish is lo mas (the best)
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto