Mexico’s Pan American Games Team of Big & Small Tour Combinations Announced
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MEXICO CITY, June 9, 2015–Mexico’s Pan American Games team of Bernadette Pujals on Heslegaards Rolex at Grand Prix and three Small Tour combinations was announced Tuesday by the Mexican Federation.
The lineup for the Pan Ams in Palgrave near Toronto next month is:
Bernadette Pujals, aged 47 at the time of Pan Ams, and Heslegaards Rolex, 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. Bernadette competed at the 2008 Olympics and the 1998 and 2006 World Equestrian Games. She compete this same horse at small tour at the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico.
José Luis Padilla, who will be aged 62 at the time of the Pan Ams, and Donnersberg, 18-year-old Rhinlander gelding. He is the veteran of the team, participating in his sixth consecutive championships–five with the same horse–and third Pan Ams. The pair competed in Wellington, Florida during the 2014 winter circuit.
Mariana Quintana, 34 years old, and Guapo, 13-year-old Rhinelander stallion. Mariana competed on Benzema in Florida in 2014 and on Mexico’s team at the Central American and Caribbean Games last year.
Enrique Palacios, aged 42, and Wizard Banamex, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. Wizard was competed for Denmark as a five-year-old in the World Young Horse Championships in 2008 and took over the ride on the horse after his previous mount, Showtime, was euthanized after an accident last year.
Mexico and the United States have announced teams, and Canada will do so, that include both Big and Small Tour combinations in the Pan Ams held once every four years and for the first time employ the unique mixed format. Only one team can qualify through these continental championships for a start at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year and must include at least one Grand Prix combination.