In 1965, when Edgar was ten, his father took a job at the Pentagon, in Washington, DC, so Edgar moved from New York to Bowie, Maryland, right down the road from Marshwood Farms. The twenty-five acre farm was his first horse home, where he began his education into the show jumpers.
Marshwood Farm in Burtonsville, Maryland gave Edgar his foundation. The stable housed seventy-eight horses; as it was a local hunter and jumper barn where he and his friends stayed grounded and out of trouble. It was the father figure and mentor, Dickey Marsh who set the bar for Edgar and his good friends, Carl and Tony. It was a place they excelled. Carl Quhne, a former grand prix rider and now a blacksmith in Ocala, and Tony Font, two time AGA champion at Madison Square Garden, trained along Edgar and Dickey Marsh. The three of them together under Dickey’s tutelage put the ground work in place, like the jumping gymnastics that are taught in the ring, the education was instilling building blocks into their careers.
Dickey Marsh taught Edgar all the aspects of running a stable. Edgar learned to clean stalls, feed the horses, give them nutrients, wrap and poultice legs, give medications, groom and tack his mounts. Edgar began dreaming about a career as a show jumper rider in the seventh grade, and worked in the barn at Marshwood until his early twenties. The only thing Edgar could think about was getting to the barn after school, where he knew he could be competitive, and find a place he could breathe. Photo Above is Walerio 5 and Edgar Pagan at Paso Robles 1 meter 30