Meet Our Staff: Alex Zapata
Paso Fino Trainer / Instructor / Senior Certified Judge
A native of Puerto Rico, at the age of twelve Alex began visiting family in Ocala, Florida. On a visit to the infamous Young’s Paso Fino Ranch, he met well known trainer Juan Ramon Figueroa. As fate would have it, Alex soon started spending summers working and training under Juan's watchful eye. By the age of 18, Alex had earned his first professional training job at Young’s Ranch. Over the years, Alex has had the opportunity to work with many renowned trainers. He has combined these valuable experiences with his own excellent instincts to develop the methods he applies to his horses today.
Being the serious and talented trainer and competitor that he is, Alex was drawn to judging at an early age – so early in fact that he was informed he was too young! Of course, he patiently waited until he could earn his Paso Fino Horse Association Judge accreditation as well as his Federacion de Technica de Jueces in Puerto Rico. He is now a highly recognized judge and frequently asked to judge Paso Fino shows. As his career has progressed, Alex has been respected for his expert handling, knowledgeable judging, and excellent deportment. This and many other attributes have served to help him receive many national and international championships. With over 20 years of professional experience, he is an important member of the Spring Lane Ranch team.
Alex is married to his beautiful wife Valeria and they have two wonderful kids. When Alex is not working with clients or training horses, he enjoys fishing.