South American Games Dressage Nations Cup to be Held Saturday

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Virginia Yarur, the top Chilean qualifier for the South American Games. © SusanJStickle.com
Virginia Yarur, the top Chilean qualifier for the South American Games. © SusanJStickle.com

SANTIAGO, Mar. 3, 2014–The South American Games dressage Nations Cup will be held Saturday with the possibility of a smaller than listed panel of judges and issues over the quality of footing at the Quillota Cavalry School 80 miles (130km) from Santiago.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay have confirmed teams to seek to qualify three countries at small tour for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

The schedule lists the Nations Cup Prix St. Georges for Saturday, Intermediate 1 preliminary individual class on Sunday and the Intermediate Freestyle to decide individual medals on Tuesday. The competition is a major step up from the previous edition of the Games when it was at Junior level.

The top two teams from the Americas at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in August will also qualify for the Pan Ams as will three nations from the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico Nov. 16-19.

Elizabeth McMullen of Canada, an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) 5-star judge who is named in the schedule as president of the ground jury, has not received airline tickets or reservation details for the flight from Toronto to Santiago in time for the horse inspection on Friday.

Other members of the ground jury are Mercedes Campdera of Mexico, Max Piraino Lyon of Chile, Marian Cunningham of Peru and Claudia Moreira Mesquita of Brazil.

Complaints have been made over the quality of the footing at the historic Quillota Cavalry School.

Cara Whitham of Canada, an FEI 5-star judge and the designated Foreign Technical Delegate, will inspect the footing when she arrives in Chile.

Combinations for Brazil are:
João Victor Marcari Oliva/Xamã dos Pinhais
João Paulo dos Santos/Veleiro do Top
Leandro Aparecido da Silva/Di Caprio
Pia Aragão/Zepelim Interagro

For Chile:
Ana María Moreno/Santanyi
Virginia Yarur/El Dorado
Óscar Coddou/Amarillo VDL
Julio Fonseca/Wettkonig