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Equestrian Games arena announcer, Brian O’Conner made reference to Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz as the “Showman” after his musical freestyle performance. While to a novice, the Munoz ride may have, on the surface, appeared flamboyant, it was, in fact, riddled with symbolism, esprit the corps and good old fashion Spanish tradition.
In brief, the one handed Tempis was in tribute Ignacio Rambla & Evento that performed them in the same manner in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Passaging down the center line moving the right arm was an encouragement to the audience to “come & dance with us” was in honor of Rafael Soto & Invasor. Raising the hat after the final salut is typical of the Spanish bullfighters. Juan Manuel Munoz pointed to the horse as he exited the arena was to bring attention and credit to Fuego... a gesture of humility and finally Jose Antonio Mena on his knees in front of a Spanish flag hailing Munoz was a combined demonstration of fellowship and patriotism. Munoz imposed the highest of test complexities on himself - Bravo!
Fuego XII was bred by D. Joaquin Marquez Gonzalez and is owned by D. Miguel Angel Cardenas Osuna . The Sire is Utrerano VII and Dam Mundana II. Fuego has, to date, sired fifty-four (54) offspring and stands at stud at Yeguada Cardenas outside Seville.
Fuego XII and his sire are both Qualified Stallions.