Templado was a fascinating Lusitano stallion known for his performances in the Cavalia company. Although his name means moderate, he was a rebellious character.
Thanks to his intelligence, beauty and the special relationship he had with his owner, Templado became a famous horse. He died in 2008, but his memory is still present.
Templado was born in 1985 at the Lusitano horse farm, in south of France, that belongs to the Delgado family. In his first year of life he was sold. But after 3 years he was returned thanks to the Delagos policy: if by any reason the new owner is not happy with the horse, he must be returned.
Unfortunately he come back with a great loss of confidence in people and with a rebellious character. On the other side, this was the fact that helped his owners Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado to learn new ways of liberty training for their horses. Frederic Pignon confided that for him Templado was his teacher.
Templado wasn’t very easy to train in traditional ways. He was a proud horse that allowed hard his trainers in his environment. He opposed resistance to the attempts of training, even to friendships attends. Frederic Pignon gain Templado’s confidence in years of working together.
Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado left France for Canada to collaborate with Normand Latourelle, cofounder of Cirque du Soleil. Together they put the base of Cavalia and successfully debuted with their first show in 2004. With his impressive stature and his unique charisma Templado conquered the hearts of thousands of people, while the special connection between him and Pignon moved the audience to tears.
Since then, Cavalia gained more and more attention in the public eyes around the entire world. Templado spent his rest of his life performing in Cavalia among many other beautifully Lusitano horses. He never liked to be ridden, but he enjoyed the liberty work in which Cavalia horses were always trained. Still he remained the most special. He inspired Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado to write a book dedicated to him: A Star at Liberty.
Templado was a special horse proud enough to transform his owners into his partners. I guess many people would like to have such an intelligent animal. Do you agree?
Photos by Hervé Jullian / Thierry Ségard. Source: a-vue-d-oeil
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