Yegua Roja (The Red Mare) has worked for us for over 20 years! He was named after the first horse that he trained as a young man and he began his long career with us as our horse wrangler when we ran horse trips into the mountains. Yegua Roja, whose real name is Gerardo Perez, is the local ferrier and is known in the community as the Expert in all things Equine. He loves children and taught our daughters Lily and Olivia to ride with the best of the Costa Rican cowboys and proudly took them to all of the rodeos and horse parades throughout the year. His horses had beautiful gaits and danced their way to the top of many competitions. We rode up the slopes of Barva volcano with Gerardo, sometimes for entire days and shared his knowledge and horsemanship with our guests, friends and family.
After we discontinued the horse tours, Yegua Roja became one of our gardeners at the hotel using his green thumb to keep the 9 acres of gardens bountiful and always has a ready smile for guests and fellow employees alike. He now works with our crew on the coffee farms sharing his expertise in all things coffee. Gerardo grew up working in coffee with his own family and neighbors and now is helping us maintain the plantations while advising us on weather patterns, organic coffee and methods of planting and pruning coffee trees.