South America’s Individual Olympic Prospects Face Uncertainty at Florida’s Global Festival
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 14, 2016–The mixed fortunes of the Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Thursday could upset the South American rankings for an individual to start at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Yvonne’s Foco Loco on which she was leading the rankings for South America with 618 points was eliminated from the World Cup Grand Prix as the pair sought the third of four scores that count to qualify for the sole starting place from the 22 nations in the geographic group.
However, she was the top finishing rider from South America on Dondolo Las Marismas in sixth place on 124 points as of the end of 2015 with the Mar. 6 qualifying deadline just over 50 days away.
Cesar Lopardo Grana of Argentina on Tyara who was 29 points from the top on 489 points scored 63.440 per cent Thursday.
Luis Reteguiz Denizard of Puerto Rico moved his Pan Am Games mount Royal Affair up to Grand Prix and competed Thursday in his first bid to accumulate enough points to earn a ticket to Rio.
Other combinations already on the South American standings are Uruguay’s José Ramón Beca Boego and Zaire with 459 points; Argentina’s Micaela Mabragaña and Granada with 328 points, and Caroline Osmont of Colombia and Don Quichot on 173 points.
Five qualifying competitions remain in Wellington though there are many more elsewhere in the world.
In the South American group, Brazil was automatically awarded a team spot as the host nation while Mexico won a place through the Pan American Games last summer.
Another South American pairs that competed Thursday included Argentina’s Maria Florencia Manfredi and Bandurraia Kacero.