The Suarez Troupe
Acrobats On Horseback
Enrique Suarez hailed from Mexico, where his family has been in the circus business since 1853. An accomplished bareback rider, he came to the United States in 1955 to join the Loyal-Repenzky Troupe, which was then performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. After leaving the Loyal-Repenskys, Enrique remained in the United States, where he performed with his family in every major circus in North America. Over the years, as members of his family got married and occasional partners came and went, the composition of the troupe changed. His daughter Martha, a gifted aerialistAny acrobat working above the ring on an aerial equipment such as trapeze, Roman Rings, Spanish web, etc. as well as a beautiful equestrienneA female equestrian, or horse trainer, horse presenter, or acrobat on horseback., married Sergio Martinez with whom she went to perform in the very successful act of The Dancing Gauchos.
In the late 1980s, the Suarez family teamed up with star equestrian Timi Loyal to form the Loyal-Suarez Troupe, which included, beside Timi Loyal and his wife, Denyse, Enrique, his wife Rosa, and their youngest children, Magdalena and Enrique, Jr. The act was featured in the 1989 Big Apple Circus production of Grandma Goes West. Enrique, Jr., has since become a major equestrian star of his own, and was featured for several seasons with the equestrian hit show, Cavalia.
- Video: The Loyal-Suarez Troupe, equestrians, in the Big Apple Circus production of Grandma Goes West (1989)