The 1980 Mexico Olympic Team members: (from left to right) Jose Luis Perez Soto;Manuel Mendivil, David Barcenas; Fabian Lopez
After starting his own farm, Tonaya Farm, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jose Luis continues to ride, train, teach and compete horses in eventing, dressage and show jumping. He has competed Friesians to national year-end awards in dressage, as well as training and competing a purebred Arabian from Training Level through Intermediare I. Currently, he competes his own, Noble Lady, at Training Level Eventing and 1.10 Show Jumping, as well as his Hanoverian Stallion, Rasputin, in 1.0 show jumping. He has trained students to successfully compete at Regional Championships in Dressage, at the North American Young Rider Championships, as well as competing his own horse through Prix St. Georges/Intermediare I. He currently shows at local Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico shows in jumping and dressage, as well as Area X Events in New Mexico & Arizona. He has earned his USDF Bronze & Silver Medals. He attends USDF Trainer's Symposiums to keep his knowledge up to date.
Jose Luis is honored by his home town of "Tonaya, Mexico" with a street named in his honor.
Jose Luis competing his Olympic partner, Quelite.
Jose Luis schooling the jumper, Mortero.
While training for the Olympic team, Jose Luis trained under numerous clinicians, in Germany as well as in Mexico. Additionally, he was selected to train at the prestigious Equestrian School in Buenes Aires, Argentina for a year. At this School, he trained every day under a Polish Master on young horses training in dressage, jumping, cross country and steeplechase.
Jose Luis (standing) demonstrating roman riding.
Jose Luis Perez Soto grew up on a ranch in Tonaya, Mexico (in the Jalisco state). He graduated from the Collegio Militaire (the Military College) in Mexico City and began a career in the Mexican Military. He joined the Mexican Calvary and competed with the Military team in National Competitions and International Competitions. He trained his own horse, Quelite (an off-the-track thoroughbred stallion), to compete on the Mexican Team in the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow winning the Team Bronze Medal in Three-Day Eventing. He also competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal (Equestrian Events in Bromont), as well as the 1982 World Championships in Germany.
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Jose Luis with Team Medal around his neck on podium at 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Jose Luis riding Quelite in the Selection Trials for the 1979 Pan American Games.
Star with Jose Luis PerezSoto, Equitacion, in sidewalk in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Jose Luis competing Molonco at the Selection Trials for the 1971 Pan Am Games.
Jose Luis Perez Soto riding Julianita
Mural of the 1980 Mexico Olympic Team that won the Bronze medal in Moscow in 1980. This mural is at the Training Facility at the Secretary of Defense Stables in Mexico City, Mexico.