California Riding Magazine • January, 2009

Fugitivo XII
A top quality P.R.E. stallion
moves up in dressage.

by Kathleen Burke Jensen

Fugitivo XII is a 16.3hh P.R.E. stallion with an athletic body and a generous nature. Three-time Olympian and six-time Spanish National Champion Juan Matute found Fugitivo XII in Spain for his owners Shelly and Jim Lucero. According to Fugitivo XII’s trainer Heidi Gaian of Villa Rosa Dressage in the San Jose area’s Hollister, he is a perfect gentleman under saddle and on the ground.

“We are honored that Heidi is training for us,” says Shelly. “It’s very clear that Heidi has an amazing connection with Fugitivo XII. As Juan Matute said just this morning at their clinic, they are a ‘great match.’ Fugitivo XII works hard for Heidi and there is a mutual respect that has enabled an impressive amount of progress in the last eight months.”

In addition to being a successful FEI competitor, Heidi is a USEF “R” dressage judge and has earned her gold, silver and bronze USDF medals. When asked about what makes Fugitivo XII so special, Heidi talks about his “suppleness combined with a power that is unusual for a P.R.E. horse. Fugitivo XII is a good boy; even though he has so much power, he’s easy to handle.” Heidi says that Fugitivo XII has a natural ability for piaffe and passage and is preparing him for Prix St. Georges. They plan to resume competition this spring.

Juan has an international reputation for selecting horses from only the finest blood lines in the world. He has an eye for qualities such as gaits, nobility, beauty and balance of mind, and has a proven performance record with his young horses that go on to compete at F.E.I Grand Prix. Juan is responsible for bringing the best P.R.E. stallions to the U.S., including Gaucho III, Rociero XV, Copon and Fugitivo XII.

Fugitivo XII’s bloodlines represent Spain’s best. Bred by Nahman Andic Ermay, he is out of Fugitiva VIII, a descendant of the influential stallion Agente. Through that line, Fugitivo XII is related to several of the Spanish horses that have paved the way for the P.R.E. in international dressage competition. Fugitivo XII’s famous relatives include Olympic horses Evento, Oleaje and Invasor II.

As an amateur rider, Shelly’s enthusiasm for horses and dressage is contagious. Not satisfied to sit in the background, Shelly is at the barn daily and takes great joy in riding Fugitivo XII herself once a week, highlighting his gentle nature.

Heidi Gaian on Fugitivo XII with Juan Matute and Shelly Lucero.

Already a Winner

As a 3-year-old Fugitivo XII earned National Champion status. Last year he received Qualification by the Spanish Tribunals for Qualified Breeding Stock, one of only a few P.R.E. horses in the U.S. to receive this important status.

At the 2007 P.R.E. Celebration in Las Vegas, Fugitivo XII won the 5- and 6-year-old Stallion Championship in addition to the National P.R.E. Champion of Champions title for the entire show. Fugitivo XII, by nature’s gift, is a superb representative of the breed.

Fugitivo XII also earned three first-place rankings in the USDF All-Breeds Awards for the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse: FEI 5-Year-Old, Open Training Level and Open First Level.

Fugitivo XII will be available for breeding to a limited number of registered P.R.E. mares and pre-approved Warmblood mares this year.

For inquiries regarding Fugitivo XII please contact Shelly Lucero at or visit For information on Villa Rosa contact Heidi Gaian at 831-297-2621, or or visit