Eyal Zlatin of Israel on Bonzanjo Qualifies for World Equestrian Games

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Eyal Zlatin on Bonzanjo.

MANNHEIM, Germany, May 4, 2018–Eyal Zlatin of Israel on Bonzanjo on Friday qualified for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September, only the second Israeli to do so since the founding of the championships 28 years ago.

Eyal and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding scored 68.130 per cent at the Mannheim CDI4* Grand Prix for the second of two qualifying results of 66 per cent to earn a start at WEG. The 31-year-old rider, based in Germany, attained the first qualifying result of 67.630 per cent at Aachen, Germany CDI3* last month in the first international competition for the duo.

Bonzanjo is the first Big Tour horse competed by Eyal, who previously rode three different horses at small tour, including Silvano, that was shown by Olympians Patrik Kittel of Sweden and Dorothee Schneider of Germany.

Oded Shimoni, based in Wellington, Florida, became the first Israeli to compete in the World Games, which he did at Rome in 1998, then went to Jerez, Spain in 2002 and Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 on different horses at each championship.