5027 Garton Rd
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 887 6070
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Mark Renn - President
I’m a lifelong horseman. I grew up with draft horses on the family farm. I’ve shown and bred Arabians, Morgans and now for the past 15+ years, Peruvians. From my ranch in Colorado I compete in shows, host clinics, trail ride and welcome fellow Peruvian enthusiasts as well as potential new owners.
For the past decade I’ve been an officer on the board of directors for the Centennial State Peruvian Horse Club. I’m a board member for Colorado Horse Power, a therapeutic riding center that’s run from my ranch. I served in each position (chairman, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, etc.) of the board of directors of the Colorado Business Council, the Denver Better Business Bureau and the Better Business Bureau Foundation. I also ran my own career consulting service.
I’m well-versed in the intricacies and processes of nonprofit boards as well as running a successful business. I’ve been in the breed long enough to develop a deep appreciation for its history and a vested interest in its future.
First Vice President
Term Expires: December 31, 2025
My introduction to the Peruvian Horse was over 20 years ago on a riding holiday on the altiplano of Peru. This was a highly anticipated trip as I had studied Latin American history and culture in college and learned to ride on a gaited horse some 10 years earlier. The countryside and riding experience on the magnificent Peruvian Horse were
outstanding. Completely unanticipated was that on this trip, I met ‘my wife to be’ Heidi! There was no question that “someday” I (now we) would own a Peruvian Horse. We now own 3 Peruvians: a stallion, a gelding, and a mare, all of which we show and trail ride.
My business experience and roles in non-profit horse clubs can help with the challenges now facing NAPHA. Most of my career has been spent in turn-around situations with financial, operational and resource issues in a global pharmaceutical company. I was a senior member of site, regional and corporate teams. In addition to these roles, I have had significant horse club experience. The hunt club in which I rode had the challenge of an ‘aging out’ membership with a shrinking number of riders. As a hunt master, we were able to grow the membership and revenue to successfully end the decline.
In recent years I managed the Mid-Atlantic Horse Club shows. We made the small shows very profitable, established a relationship with the Peruvian Embassy and had great sponsorship and community involvement. I also managed the 2021 Gait Away Show in St. Louis.
Most recently I helped with the transitions of NAPHA Secretary role. Access to basic financial information, accounts and processes were difficult. Most of these issues have been resolved with increasing transparency of financial data.
The greatest challenge NAPHA faces from my perspective is promotion of the breed and the increase our membership. Many of the regional clubs/shows continue to struggle to have successful shows in terms of numbers of exhibitors, volunteers, and members. Working together, I am confident that we can reverse this trend to successfully promote
our breed and grow our membership.
Second Vice President
Term Expires December 31, 2024
Juvinal Pina - Second Vice President
I currently reside in Miami, Florida and have a ranch (Hacienda El Alazan) in La Belle,
Florida. I imported the foundation herd from Peru in 2016 which to name a few included
bloodlines from SOL DE PAIJAN, CAYALTI(Huracan , Cova Cova Cayalti) , SOL BRILLANTE and
PREDILECTO. This included 2 stallions and 2 mares. I compete in the US National and Regional
I have been president of Int’l Monetary Mortgage Fund for the past 33 years a business entity
which provides financing. I have been the RAC representative for region 15 for NAPHA for the
past 6 years. I was a Planning Zoning and Appeals board member for the City of Miami over 20
years and was instrumental in the planning, development and positive growth of the City of
Miami. I believe I can bring my business and City experience to NAPHA. I will work with NAPHA
for the betterment and growth of the breed.
Term Expires December 31, 2023
Joy Larsen Ritter- Secretary
My husband and I started in the Peruvian Breed a little over 10 years ago. We were trail riders and I needed to change to a smooth riding horse to be able to continue riding. Once we found the Peruvian we feel in love. We joined the Northern Lights Peruvian Horse Club so we could learn as much as we could about the Peruvian. Now we enjoy trail riding, showing & breeding the Peruvian horse.
I am currently the Secretary for the Northern Lights Peruvian Horse Club & Show Committee Member for the Fiesta Del Norte/Northern Lights Peruvian Horse Double Show.
I am also CEO/President of Ritter & Ritter Sewer Service, Inc the company I own with my husband.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Mike Powers - Treasurer
Term Expires: December 31, 2025
Silvia Gomez-Silva - Director
I was born and raised in Miami, FL and currently own a small ranch “Criadero JGS” together with my husband Julio Gomez-Silva, while raising our 2 wonderful boys. I am a graduate from Barry University with a BS in Elementary Education and was also a restaurant owner for seven years; for the last 13 years I have worked for the US Government.
I first met the Peruvian Horse when I met my husband in 2014 and after that the rest has been history. My love for the breed continues to grow more and more each day. I’ve had the chance to meet, ride and compete with lots of wonderful people but more importantly create long lasting friendships. This year I was able to see all the hard work and dedication that goes into putting a show together and had the privilege of being show manager at the Ocala, Fl show.
My hopes for the Peruvian breed is to make people aware that the breed exist by exposing the horse in every way possible to demonstrate their many strengths. I have successfully managed to open a new club in Florida called “Southern States Peruvian Horse Club” in hopes of bringing aficionados, breeders, and new members together. At the same time, I am taking on the reins of a new show to be held in Ocala, FL for 2023.
Lastly, I will collaborate with NAPHA and work side by side with them to ensure the progress and growth of this amazing breed.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Lucho Dapelo - Director
Luis (Lucho) Dapelo the son of Jose Antonio Dapelo V the grandson of Jose Antonio Dapelo M, prominent breeders of Peruvian horses, founders of the National Association in Lima continues’ to carry on the family tradition. Lucho grew up amongst his family’s fighting bulls, cattle and horses obviously with an emphasis on the Peruvian Paso. He was involved in breeding, training and showing in Peru until his move to the United States in 1979.
Since coming the U.S. Lucho has continued in many capacities – trainer, breeder, rider extradentary, International and U.S. judge. He has served on the NAPHA board previously, president and member of the board of directors for numerous clubs.
Lucho continues his breeding program and showing since his marriage to Jeanelle in 2002.
Lucho’s dedication to the bred and all owners of the Peruvian horse can be seen in his platform for running for the NAPHA Board. His knowledge and commitment to the Peruvian horse runs deeps in his veins and heart. He wants nothing more then to bring the Peruvian horse to the forefront of the general public. One of his strongest desires is to bring all owners together, breeders, those who show, those who trail ride, etc. for the betterment of the Peruvian horse.
Lucho wants to share with all his knowledge (via seminars, webinars), passion and dedication to the breed with all.
Email: [email protected]
Text or Call: 440-785-1179
Mail: 4820 N FM 51 Weatherford, TX 76085
Becky Oley - Administrative Secretary