Paso Fino Northeast Association
Paso Fino Northeast Association

Officers and Board Members

Paso Fino Northeast Association's Officers and Board Members

Bobby Yunits

President

 

Robert (Bobby) Yunits has had horses for his entire life. His relationship with the Paso Fino started with a ride at the age of 15. Bobby has been active with Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) and incorporated Paso Fino del Fuego Farm in 1973. His clients were some of the first to import Paso Finos from Columbia into the United States

In the past decade, he has served the PFHA as chairman of the judges and stewards committee, chairman of the educaiton and clinic committee, and member of the registration advisory committee and as the national delegate for the NEPFHA. He also served as co-chairman of the judges and stewards committee, member of the registration advisory  committee, education and clinic committee, USEF committee, youth committee, and hearing committee.

He currently serves as on the registration advisory  committee, and USEF committee.   

As co-owner of Paso Fino del Fuego, he and his partner Michael Bruce have ridden multiple National, Grand National, and World champions, as well as coached amateur owners to multiple National, Grand National, and World Championships. Michael Bruce has been recognized as trainer of the year in 2005. 
Bobby obtained certification in Equine Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination from Colorado State University, which has allowed him to successfully run an embryo transfer program at Paso Fino del Fuego, as well as handling and preparing frozen and chilled semen for artificial insemination.
He consults with clients on pedigree selection for breeding, as well as pre-purchase consultations for both show and pleasure horses. He is a sought after judge, having judged numerous major shows in the United States, as well as the 2011 Mundial in Puerto Rico. He is a PFHA certified judge and an "R" USEF Paso Fino Judge. The love of the Paso Fino Horse is the driving force in both his professional and personal life.

 

Rogelio Moreno

Vice President

 

Rogelio is married with four children and lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island.  He completed studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and holds a BA in Social Sciences with a Mayor in Sociology.  He also completed two years in the Inter American University Law School.  He has been a horses enthusiast from an early age participating as a breeder and exhibitor.  His Paso horse judges career began in the early 80's.  Rogelio began judging in the PFHA in 2000, as a certified judge and currently holds the title of Senior Certified Judge. He has jugded over thirty shows in US including some of the the most important prestigous ones several times. He currently holds a a National and international judge card in Puerto Rico and has judged in over seven countries. He was president of the Asociacion de Caballistas Pro Paso for two consecutive terms from 2000 to 2002 and vice president for about six years. During hos presidency at ProPaso he implemented an innovative event "The Family Riding".  An event to promote the participation of owners with their family in the same class.  He is a Certified Equine Appraiser since 2000 by the American Society of Equine Appraisers. He has been a promoter of show horses, analyst and host of television and radio programs.  Roger is a faithful believer of the unique traits of our paso fino horses as an exotic equine, unique in its class.  He believes that our horse is a a gem that not been discovered in its entirety. A versatile equine, faithful, gentle, elegant, spirited, athletic and unmatched intelligent partner.   Rogelio believes in the diffusion of the union of the family, through our fine Paso horse. He is always willing to contribute towards our association and our horse.

 

Lori Fourquet

Treasurer

Lori was introduced to horses by her godmother at age 12 and got her first horse at 14. Having had to part with her horse for college, as soon as her studies were finished, she bought her first Paso Fino in Texas. She joined the NEPFHA in 2007 with daughters, Andrea and Nicholle, and has been active since. The girls have grown up with the association, having created lifelong memories. . 

 

Margaret Vulgaris

National Representative

 

Maureen Curtis

Secretary

Maureen has been the secretary for the Northeast Paso Fino Association for many years. She has always been an active member of the Northeast and always willing to lend a hand when needed.

She is the proud owner of Raquella del Solitario. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Chuck, who supports all of her equine activities.

 

 

 

Lee Vulagaris

Show Chair

 

Katherine McNally

One Year Director

 

With over 20 years of experience in the home mortgage business, it is no surprise that Katherine is a top producer.
She enjoys helping first-time home buyers and repeat clients finance their homes, be it a purchase or rate reduction refinance loan. Katherine, will navigate you through the mortgage process, find you the lowest rates available, and be there every step of the way to ensure your loan is in place and that you close on time. Her specialties: first-time home buyers,
self-employed borrowers and complex scenarios.

 

 

Cathie Partridge-White

Two Year Director

 

As a recreational rider, Cathie rode quarter horses for many years until purchasing her first Paso five years ago.  As a relative newcomer to the breed, she attended her first Nationals this past fall, reveling in the excitement and beauty of the event.  She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their pack of canines, several of which she trains for agility competition.

 

Deborah Ramsey

Three Year Director

 

Dr. Ramsey is a 34 - year veteran of chiropractic with vast experience and training in many specialized areas including the Pierce technique. As of November 6, 2000, Dr. Ramsey opened a new Chiropractic office, Alignment Chiropractic Center in Gloucester Massachusetts, where she will continue providing quality care to all types of patients. As former owner for her Brookline MA practice Beacon Chiropractic, Dr. Ramsey helped manage a growing office and treated patients on a daily basis.
In September of 1998, she worked on an alternative health care program for children for approximately 1 year. This new area of expertise is an accredited program for doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston and involves the monitoring of Dr. Ramsey’s chiropractic treatments in her office that residents and interns participated in. The interns involved in the program received credit for their participation and Dr. Ramsey had to sign off on them.
Dr. Ramsey is also becoming well known for her equine, canine and feline chiropractic care, a rapidly growing health–care adjunct for the equine, canine and feline patient.   This is where chiropractic care is proving to be invaluable in detecting and treating gait abnormalities and other performance and health related problems as well as lameness issues. She is certified in the VOM Technique for animals, after studying with Dr. William Inman in 1997- 1999.
Prior to forming Beacon Chiropractic Center in September of 1983, Dr. Ramsey worked at Newton Family Chiropractic Center from June 1982 to September of 1983, where she honed her skills as a doctor of chiropractic.
Dr. Ramsey received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in March of 1982 from Life Chiropractic College. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York and Associates in Science degree from Holyoke Community College and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, South Carolina and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Ramsey is a published author and a member of the Massachusetts Alliance of Chiropractors and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, as well as a certified Pediatric Chiropractor. Additionally, Dr. Ramsey is certified in x-ray study of spinal and skeletal disorders and has served as an examiner for the State Board of Examiners in Massachusetts. She also raises and shows Paso Fino horses.

 

 

Editors

Joanne Cotter

Newsletter Editor

 

I have loved horses since I was a small child.  I rode other people’s horses in the early days, trail riding and competing in gymkhana events.  I finally was able to buy my first horse when I was 30; an untrained 3 year old Hanoverian.  Needless to say, it was a BIG learning process for me.  My passion at the time was Dressage, and I had the opportunity to learn from a Grand Prix trainer and rider.

“Life” got in the way and I had to sell that horse.  A few years later, my current husband bought me my next horse, a Thoroughbred mare.  I was learning about eventing at that time, and thought she might be fun for that sport, but it stressed her out and I found that putting a western saddle on her for trail riding relaxed her, so that is what we did, until a fatal turn-out accident took her away from me.

At that time, I had recently had my 2nd scoliosis surgery, and knew that I would need to find a smaller, gaited horse.  I always loved the look of the Andalusion and Luisatano horses, so when I learned about the Paso Fino horse, I was certain that was the breed for me.  Like so many of us, I ended up at Paso Fino del Fuego Farm, and met with Bobby Yunits.  He sized me up, put me on “Mystico” (a wonderful older gelding who so many of you know!), assessed my ability, then introduced me to “Romeo de United”.  I will tell you that my first ride on him was far from perfect, but with careful coaching from Bobby, weekly lessons, and a ton of patience, I realized that in fact, Romeo was my “heart horse”.  That was 10 years ago - and now I am devoted to the Paso Fino breed.  Romeo and I have ridden trails all over New England, won some judged trail rides, placed in Versatility competitions, worked cows - things that I NEVER would have tried with that Hanoverian!!!  

When Debbie Ramsey needed someone to take over the reins of the NEPFHA newsletter in 2011, I jumped right in.  It has been a fun way to network with other Paso Fino owners, and allows me to help spread the word about these wonderful, big hearted horses.

 

Hannah Stack

Facebook Groups Editor

Hello, my name is Hannah Stack. I am currently a junior in college studying Equine Science with a focus in Business. I have been riding and showing my Paso Finos for 8 years. I am fortunate enough to have three amazing geldings, Artesano del Juncal, Ptimo del Norte, and Sparticus de RHF. I am also very fortunate to have such amazing friends here in the Northeast that have attributed to my riding success! This year, my sweet Sparticus (pictured above) and I brought home Third in Country Pleasure at the 2016 Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show. My favorite activity besides showing is sharing this special breed to everyone that is interested in learning about it! 

 

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