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Hacienda Don Carmelo lies across 60 acres of rolling hills overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We are horse breeders and trainers, home of Escuela Puertorriqueña del Arte Ecuestre. The Hacienda is a marvelous special events venue.
Hacienda Don Carmelo was founded in 1964 by the late Don Carmelo Figueroa Rodriguez and his wife Sara Padilla.
Don Carmelo Figueroa was a true horseman. As a young man in his native town, Naranjito, he courted his beautiful girlfriend Sara, riding kilometers on his favorite horses to visit her. They got married in 1954 and ten years later decided to start breeding Paso Fino horses, for which they bought a broodmare lot and the stallion Papyrus, (Batallita x Mejorana). Don Carmelo bred many horses, the most famous being Linda Morena, the first World Champion of the island and the colt “Papy”, presented as a gift of the People of Puerto Rico to the King and the Queen of Spain during their first visit to Puerto Rico, to commemorate the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of Puerto Rico.
Hacienda Don Carmelo’s horses have been recognized through the years as recipients of top awards at local and international competitions.
Hacienda Don Carmelo was certified by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company as an Agroturism Project. Equestrian Art shows and Guided tours are regularly offered to the visitors. The Hacienda has been featured by the Travel Channel in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”, and in Samantha Brown’s “Places to Love”.