Around the Water Trough

Checking out the Carolinas with Daniela “Danny” Moguel and Zully Martinez

By Daniela “Danny” Moguel and Zully Martinez


Zully Martinez, at TIEC

Zully Martinez, at TIEC

Danny and Zully moved their base of operations from Mexico to Shelby, NC, last year so we caught up with them to see how they are settling into life in the South!

The number one thing we have to say we love about NC is the warmth of the people, we have felt nothing but welcome since we arrived.

All the support that we have received from so many wonderful North Carolina families like the Pharrs, Horns, Millers, Youngs and more are making our transition from another country – Mexico – to Shelby, NC, much easier.

A lovely thing about living in Shelby is that we are in a small town, where we can have a quiet time with our horses, but at the same time we are in between Tryon (horse country) and Charlotte, a city that has lots to do! 

As horse people we love to be able to show on a regular basis at a world class venue like the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC)!  Being so close has given us the opportunity to prepare ourselves and our horses to be seen at the top of the sport. 

Danny and her 5 Star eventing partner, ‘Cecelia’

Danny and her 5 Star eventing partner, ‘Cecelia’

Another great thing about TIEC is that they have great restaurants to enjoy even if you are not from the equestrian world which makes very easy for us.  We love to share time with our friends and family while we are at the horse shows.

In Charlotte, we have been able to take in a Panthers football game, as well as attend Mexico’s gold cup soccer match.

We also got to enjoy a beautiful night at the theater listening to the symphony orchestra played the Ravel’s “Bolero.”

Charlotte has something for every type of night or day out!  We love to simply walk in the gardens and streets at Uptown. We have also enjoyed many delicious dinners at the extensive variety of restaurants Charlotte has to offer.

Zully and Danny at the Biltmore

Zully and Danny at the Biltmore

One of the most amazing discoveries for us has been the Vanderbilt mansion at the Biltmore Estate.  It feels like a dream every time you walk in there and we love to visit it.

Of course, we love the natural landscape that surrounds us all the time, North Carolina is beautiful. The lakes, the mountains even the view while you’re driving is beautiful all the time! 

The fact that every morning we can wake up by listening to the birds that come and visit our house or watch the family of deer cross over our farm is something we just adore about our life here in the Carolinas!


Panther’s Football!

Panther’s Football!

Danny and Zully at the Gold Cup, cheering on Mexico!

Danny and Zully at the Gold Cup, cheering on Mexico!


Danny and her 5 Star eventing partner, ‘Cecelia,’ have a long and successful past together.  They competed at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto; the 2016 and 2017 Rolex Kentucky; and the 2015 and 2017 Fair Hill International.  They also were able to compete close to home at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon in the Summer of 2019.

Zully Martinez is a successful international show jumper and is now moving up the levels of eventing.  He recently finished 3rd in his first FEI 2* at River Glen Farms with his and Alexandria Cossio’s ‘Chalock.’