Tornado is the name of the horse that we all saw in the television series El Zorro.
Black, fast, charismatic, passionate, an incomparable companion.
Today we are going to share some aspects about this equine that was recorded in our memories.
Tornado, a special horse
Horses have been actors of famous movies. The producers have highlighted their beauty, sense of freedom and skills.
Horses performances are so amazing that they gave impetus to the development of equestrian sport.
The actors and many people learned to ride, to perform the scenes, or just for pleasure. Behind a great hero there is a great horse.
The production of El Zorro trained 11 horses. Each horse was expert in a task, such as running by the train or standing still without moving.
They also trained others for scenes of great beauty, making great jumps over precipices, etc.
For some postures like crossing the legs, bending, and others that are not natural, it takes a lot of training, so it seemed that Tornado had all the qualities.
Tornado, a champion horse
The main horse that played Tornado was played by the horse named Diamond Decorator, from the quarter mile breed.
Born in 1950, the Tornado played by Diamond Decorator was the Grand Nationals Medal Class Winner.
In his credit he recorded 14 wins in consecutive shows.
Due to its color, great beauty and talent, it was acquired by Walt Disney’s Studios in 1957 to be the horse of the protagonist of the series.
This equid gathered all the qualities that the producers required but an unfortunate accident caused multiple fractures during the filming of the series.
Such was the impact that he was asleep and used other horses similar to him. Later they used other horses to continue with the shooting.
It is said that they even used a Friesian for the movie The Mask of Zorro.
Motivated by a request from his father, Don Diego de la Vega, return to your land to do justice. For this, Don Diego de la Vega to do justice becomes the Fox
It was 1820 in the Spanish California. The town was fed up with the oppressions of the Commander, Enrique Sánchez Monasterio.
In this sense, Diego de la Vega arrives to establish order and freedom with his friend Bernardo, who is mute.
Together they embark on a great adventure. That great adventure involves a beautiful horse, a champion, a legendary that would be recorded in the mind and heart: Tornado.
In the stories, Zorro has a high bounty on his head, but is too skilled and cunning for the bumbling authorities to catch. Zorro also delights in publicly humiliating them. Zorro is an acrobat and an expert in various weapons. The weapon he uses most often is his rapier, which he uses often to carve the initial “Z” on his defeated foes
Zorro is a fictitious character created in 1919 by the American writer Johnston McCulley, and whose work is set during the era of Spanish California (1769-1821) in the Town of Los Angeles. He is usually portrayed as a masked man defending the commoners and indigenous people of California against corrupt and tyrannical officials and other villains. His completely black clothing includes a cape, a hat known as a Cordovan hat and a mask that covers the upper half of his face.
Knowing Tornado, Zorro the series
If you want to see the first chapter of the series in black and white, its original colors, here we bring it. (Zorro s1 e1 – Zorro Season 1 Episode 1)
But all the feats of Zorro would be impossible without Tornado, his faithful companion and transporter. Tornado a horse that to be taken to the screen and our dreams required to gather the qualities of 14 different horses. A true dream come true.
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