Central American & Caribbean Games Dressage Starts Sunday

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Marco Bernal and Farewell. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Marco Bernal and Farewell. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

VERACRUZ, Mexico, Nov. 15, 2014–The Central American & Caribbean Games dressage starts Sunday with five teams competing in the Nations Cup to earn one of three starting places at the Pan American Games in Toronto next summer.

Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela and the home side, Mexico, will start teams in the competition that is at Prix St. Georges and Intermediate levels.

Individual combinations are from Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Puerto Rico for these Games held once every four years and are the world’s oldest continuing regional games . They were first staged in Mexico in 1926 and equestrian sports included in 1935.

Mexico will be led by Bernadette Pujals, who has dominated CDI small tour competitions on Aurora el Camino athome this year. Bernadette is the most experienced international rider in the 23 starting combinations with Olympics, multiple World Games, Pan Americans and Central American Games to her credit.

Marco Bernal, based in Wellington, Florida, is returning with Farewell IV to defend the team and individual gold medals won four years ago while his 17-year-old son, Marco, Jr., is also on the team with Zalvador.

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic and a Pan American Games medalist will ride Foco Loco W as an individual. She returned to compete in the sport earlier this year after a bruising battle with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) over 2012 Olympic qualification.

The regional games–South American Games were held in Chile earlier this year–have taken on added importance following the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico where dressage entries exceeded the quota for one of the world’s largest sporting events that will next be held in Toronto in July.

About 5,700 athletes from 31 countries will participate in 46 sports, including the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping.

The three best teams from each of the regional games qualify for the Pan Ams, joining Canada as the host and the United States that earned a start at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August. The three best ranked individuals from each of the regional games and the WEG also qualify for the Pan Ams.

Entries in the Prix St. Georges scheduled to start at 10 am (11 am US Eastern Time):

1 105 WOLKENGLANZ
2 106 FAREWELL IV
3 107 ZALVADOR
4 108 BECKHAM
5 110 HIGHLANDER
6 113 WESTERGARDENS VIVI LIGHT
7 112 BELLO ORIENTE
8 114 AMORINO
9 116 FOCO LOCO W
10 118 QUANDERUS
11 119 ZARA
12 120 ZEDRICK DYLOMA
13 121 WEISSENFELS
14 123 DONNERSBERG
15 125 AURORA EL CAMINO
16 126 BENZEMA
17 127 FRENCH AFFAIR
18 128 PRESUNTUOSO
19 129 ROYAL AFFAIR
20 130 DARIUS
21 131 DRAKKAR NOIR 3
22 133 VOM PRIMAIRE
23 134 DON ROYAL