Brazil’s Pan American Games Dressage Team & Bermuda, Ecuador Individuals

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June 11, 2015

Brazil’s Pan American Games team combinations have been selected for the continental championships in Toronto a month from now. Individual combinations also named.

The team is all small tour in the competition that provides for mixed Big and Small Tour combination. As the host nation, Brazil is awarded a team slot for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Canada, team to be announced, Mexico and the United States will include Big Tour horses and riders in their squads as they seek to claim the single Olympic team start available through the Pan Ams.

The top placing Grand Prix combinations in the groups covering North America and Central and South America can also each qualify one individual combination for Rio, not including the team winner.

The team:

Brazil

Small Tour

João Victor Marcari Oliva, 19 years old, and Xamã dos Pinhais, 12-year-old Brazilian-bred Lusitano. The pair has had success on both sides of the Atlantic, as No. 1 at the South American Games after placing third in Prix St. Georges, second at Intermediate 1 and winner of the Intermediate Freestyle, then competing this spring at CDIs in Barcelona, Spain with high placings and a victory at the CDI3* in Nice, France.

João Paulo dos Santos, 32, years old, and Veleiro do Top, 13-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding. The pair placed second overall at the 2014 South American Games in Quillota, Chile.

Sarah Elizabeth Olga Waddell, 27 years old, and Donnelly 3, 14-year-old Westfalen gelding. The horse was competed at Grand Prix by Hubertus Schmidt of Germany for four years before Sarah began showing Donnelly at small tour in Brazil in 2014.

Leandro Aparecido da Silva, 39 years old, and Dicaprio, 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion. The pair were the No. 1 combination at the 2014 South American Games, placing first in both Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1.

Reserve: Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida, 21 years old, and Baluarte do Mito, nine-year-old Brazilian-bred Lusitano.

Individuals

Small Tour

Bermuda – Virginia McKey, 44 years old, and Wolkenglanz, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Thw pair competed for Bermuda at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games and the Florida Global Dressage Festival in the winter of 2015.

Ecuador — Julio Mendoza, 36 years old, and Chardonnay, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Julio competed Ivan at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and, on Chardonnay, competed on the Florida winter circuit and in Canada in 2015.