Brazil Qualifies Team For Olympics with 3rd Pair Posting Successful Score at Oliva Nova CDI3*

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Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida and Xaparro do Vouga
Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida and Xaparro do Vouga

OLIVA, Spain, April 16, 2016–Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida and Xaparro do Vouga on Friday became the third Brazilian combination to complete Olympic qualifying scores and assure the host nation a dressage team at the summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Pedro and Xaparro do Vouga scored 65.180 per cent with three FEI 5* judges awarding marks above the 64 per cent minimum required in the Oliva Nova CDI3* Grand Prix.

This was the second of two scores required for Pedro and the 13-year-old Brazil-bred Lusitano to join his sister, Luíza Tavares de Almeida on Vendaval and João Victor Marcari Oliva on three different horses, Signo dos Pinhais, Xama dos Pinhais and Haddington KHR to qualify.

The 22-year-old Pedro and Xaparro do Vouga attained their first qualifying score at a CDI3* in Stadl Paura, Austria last month.

Brazil is automatically qualified with a team for the Rio de Janeiro Games as is traditional for host nations, but individual combinations need to fulfill minimum eligibility requirement of two Grand Prix scores of at least 64 per cent at CDI3* or higher and a 5* judge must also have awarded the minimum.

Dressage teams at Rio can include up to four horses and riders, but three scores count so three pairs only are required to start in the Nations Cup.

Several other Brazilian combinations are seeking to qualify at competitions in Europe as well as at home.

So far, at least six other pairs have achieved one minimum score required.

Among them is Manuel Rodrigues Tavares de Almeida Neto, Pedro’s twin brother who rode Aoleo to their first qualifying score in Friday’s Grand Prix. Thaísa Tavares de Almeida, the oldest sibling in the family, is seeking to qualify Toleirao da Broa.