Brazil Adds 3 More Olympic Qualified Combinations at São Paulo CDI3*
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SÃO PAULO, Brazil, May 13, 2016–Sarah Waddell and Arco Polo Z headed up a trio of Brazilian to complete Olympic qualifying scores at the Hipica Paulista CDI3* Grand Prix Friday and assure the host nation of at least nine combinations available for team competition.
Sarah, 28, and the 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding scored 66.120 per cent to give the pair their second Olympic qualifying result in just two Grand Prix starts in their campaign begun in February. The horse was competed by Hungary’s Csaba Szokola from Small Tour to Grand Prix until mid-2014. Sarah rode Donnelly on Brazil’s bronze medal Small Tour team at last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto.
The 18-year-old Giovana Prada Pass on Zingaro de LYW was not far behind, scoring 66.060 per cent for second place on the 12-year-old Spanish-bred stallion. This was also only the second CDI Big Tour for the pair. The duo achieved the first qualifying result in their debut Grand Prix two months ago.
The 2015 Pan Am team medal pair of Leandro Aparecido da Silva and DiCaprio scored 65.800 per cent to complete their Olympic qualifying. The duo earned the first of the two minimum eligibility scores in March.
A large group of Brazilian combinations is competing on the the European circuit seeking selection for the team of four horses and riders to start in dressage at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, the first time the Games have been held in South America.
João Victor Marcari Oliva has earned qualifying scores on three separate mounts, Signo dos Pinhais, Xama dos Pinhais and Haddington KHR. On Xama dos Pinhais, the South American champion was the highest placed Brazilian at the 2015 Pan Ams.
Others to have fulfilled the requirement for two Grand Prix scores above 64 per cent include two-time Olympian Luíza Tavares de Almeida and Vendaval and her brother Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida on Xaparro do Vouga.
CDI3* Grand Prix