Mexico Stages First CDI in Three Years
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MEXICO CITY, June 2, 2014–The first international dressage show in three years was staged in Mexico City, the first of two CDI3* events this year in an effort to to give Mexico’s riders the opportunity to qualify for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and develop the sport leading to the 2015 Pan American Games.
Organizers flew in top judges–Andrew Gardner of Great Britain, Victoire Mandl of Austria, Cara Whitham of Canada, Sara Geikie of the United States and Cesar Torrente of Colombia–for the competition at the military’s High Performance Equestrian Center (CEAR), site of horse sports at the 1968 Olympic Games.
“It was a huge effort on the part of the Dressage Committee in Mexico bringing such an illustrious panel of judges and the expenses associated with the organizing of a CDI,” a spokesperson said.
Nine horses and five riders from Mexico spent a month at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this winter.
A second CDI3*, sponsored by CitiBanamex will be held, at the end of June.Mexico’s last CDI3* was in 2011, the same year the Pan American Games were staged in Guadalajara.