Kids Outshining Parents at Central American & Caribbean Games

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Marco Bernal, Jr. on Zalvador. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
Marco Bernal, Jr. on Zalvador. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

Text & phots by EUGENIA LELO DE LARREA

VERACRUZ, Mexico, Nov. 17, 2014–Everyone was pleasantly surprised by the two young people who outshone their parents in the Prix St. Georges at the Central American & Caribbean Games Sunday.

On the Colombian team that was leading midway through the Nations Cup, Marco Antonio Bernal Kalb, 17 years old, rode Zalvador to a score of 68.342 per cent and fourth individually. His father, Marco Bernal and the team and individual gold medalist from the 2010 Games, rode Farewell IV as he did in the previous Games to 67.658 per cent and sixth place.

For Costa Rica, in third place heading into the deciding Intermediate 1, Anne Marie Egerström, 21 years old, on Amorino placed fifth on 67.737 per cent while her father, Christer Egerström on Bello Oriente placed seventh on 66.816 per cent.

Anne Marie Egerström and Amorino. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
Anne Marie Egerström and Amorino. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

That these two kids are doing so well gives hope to the region of Latin America.

Omar Zayrik from Mexico dissapointed everybody, when he spurred Presuntuoso to get the changes and the horse, as any sane horse does, kicked out and lost rhythm and focus.

Bernadette Pujals of Mexico is a delight to watch–she squeezes everything out of her little mare, Aurora el Camino, until the last drop.

Colombia, though its riders are separated between and Florida and Colombia, have German Olympian Ulla Salzgeber to rely on and it shows in the training of Marco Bernal’s son.

Highlander, the former mount of Mexico’s Raul Corchuelo is now in the hands of Radmé Mahamoud the fourth rider from Colombia.

Bernadette Pujals and Aurora el Camino. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea
Bernadette Pujals and Aurora el Camino. © 2014 Eugenia Lelo de Larrea

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, riding as an individual for the Dominican Republic, did a nice job on Foco Loco for 66.500 per cent and ninth place, but something got lost in translation in the trot extensions as the horse extended more on the right than on the left.