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For the love of her Captain!

SOFI Marcus fell in love with horses at an early age, probably thanks to her big brother, Greg, who started riding at Buzanada’s  Centro Hipico del Sur, when he was 10.

He got his first horse, Solero, two years later, and his nuisance of a little sister, six years his junior… well, she just wanted to help!

Both were born in Hospiten Sur, Las Americas, and attended Costa Adeje International School. And, every evening after school, they would tend to the horse, and help out in the stables.

Neither ever complained, because they had both found a true passion for these noble animals.

They took part in dressage and show-jumping competitions in the Canaries, and on the Spanish mainland. But Greg outgrew Solero. Three horses later, he went off to university in Madrid to study Aeronautical Business Administration, later qualifying as a pilot.

It was Sofi’s big chance. Finally, she had her own horse… an enormous French creature called Farceur du Puits, which had been handed down by Big Bro.

She entered a few jumping competitions, but soon found it was simply too big for her. The stables had brought in some new horses, and she tried out a German grey gelding, Captain Satt.

It was love at first ride, and she received Captain, wrapped in a pink bow, as a surprise birthday present.

Sofi and Captain formed a superb partnership, and were successful in show-jumping competitions all over Tenerife. But, after five wonderful years, it had to come to an end, as with all good things.

Sofi went up North to La Laguna to study, and Captain Satt was sold and taken out of the stables. But she kept in touch with his new owner, and, on visiting, noticed that his health was deteriorating drastically.

She heard from her first riding teacher that Captain’s owner had lost interest, and wasn’t looking after him properly. He was being kept in a garage, without proper exercise or veterinary attention.

It was too much for Sofi, who couldn’t hold back the tears. She made enquiries with an Animal Protection Organisation, and sought legal advice about cases of abandonment.

Sofi had started working at a hotel as a masseuse in the spa, a 45-minute drive away, and, when she asked her parents for advice, they said: “Do not even think about buying Captain!”

She just wouldn’t have the time to be able to care of a fit horse, they told her, let alone one that appeared to be at death’s door.

Sofi also listened to boyfriend Humberto’s advice, but he was totally against the idea, as was everyone. So she did what she had always done: she followed her heart, and bought back her beloved Captain!

The poor animal was in a worse condition than anyone expected. He had infected sores all over his body, including his face. But Centro Hipico del Sur became his home again, and Sofi and Humberto took turns to tend to him.

They followed the advice of vets and family friend, Miguel, who had a lot of experience in this field, despite many horsemen and women advising Sofi that it would be more humane to have Captain put out of his misery.

But Sofi was made of sterner stuff … and so was Captain! She refused to give up, and she and Humberto nursed him back to health.

After more than 12 months of constant attention, having been taken to Centro Hipico Xanadu, Captain and Sofi started to rebuild the relationship they’d had before.

He was being ridden daily, and, such was his startling recovery, the pair now appear regularly at Xanadu’s Equestrian Show.

The icing on the cake was when Sofi and Humberto were married at Jardines de Franchy, in La Orotava, on 14th October last year.

Sofi was advised against involving Captain in the ceremony, and, again, she did exactly what she wanted!

Sofi had kept the secret until Beyoncé’s “Halo” announced her arrival, riding Captain Satt alongside the Wedding Garden.

Her brother, Greg, helped her down, and handed her over to proud Dad Harvey, who walked her down the aisle with a smile as wide as the Manchester Ship Canal.

Sofi’s Mum Sandra, and Auntie Alyson, couldn’t hold back the tears, and even grown men, who knew the Captain Satt story, were reduced to blubbering babies.

Sofi had performed a miracle!

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