Ecuador’s Julio Mendoza Loor Rides Jewel’s Goldstrike to Pan American Games Individual Gold, Brazil’s João-Victor Marcari & Feel Good VO Silver, USA’s Anna Marek & Fire Fly Bronze

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Pan American Games individual medalists (left to right) João-Victor Marcari of Brazil (silver) Julio Mendoza Loor of Ecuador (gold) and USA’s Anna Marek (bronze). © 2023 FEI/Shannon Brinkman

SANTIAGO, Oct. 25, 2023–Julio Mendoza Loor made history Wednesday when he rode his Jewel’s Goldstrike to victory for Pan American Games individual gold, the first medal for Ecuador in more than seven decades of the continental championships. João-Victor Marcari of Brazil on Feel Good VO took silver and USA’s Anna Marek on Fire Fly the bronze.

Julio, 44, based in Columbus, North Carolina and Jewel’s Goldstrike, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, scored a personal best 84.230% that was boosted by Pan Am 3% bonus for Big Tour to 87.230% for the win. It also earned Julio a start as an individual at the Olympics in Paris next year. Julio has U.S. citizenship as well as Ecuadoran but applying to change to a different flag would have kept him out of the Pan Ams, held once every four years.

Svenja Grimm, 33-year-old German who moved to Chile and now rides for the nation, also earned a Paris start by riding Doctor Rossi, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, to 8th place on a score of 75.335% (Pan Am 78.335%).

The victory for Julio, coached mostly by video across the Atlantic by David Hunt of Great Britain, came after eight straight victories at Big Tour competitions on the U.S. East Coast this year.

João-Victor Marcari, who is based in Portugal, had led Brazil to team silver on Feel Good and also posted a personal best 83.160% (PanAm 86.160%). The 11-year-old Westfalen stallion was initially his backup for these championships but made the switch when Escorial Campline that he rode at the 2022 world championships did not feel his best.

Anna Marek, 34 years old and based in Dunnellen near Ocala’s World Equestrian Center posted a career high 78.305% (PanAm 81.305%) on the 13-year-old KWPN gelding Fire Fly.

This was the first championship team performance for Anna though she has competed at Nations Cups in Florida.

Sarah Tubman and First Apple the 2019 individual gold medal partnership for the U.S. was edged off the podium into fourth place on 78.155% (PanAm 81.155%).

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle
Rank Competitor Score E H C M B
1.
Julio Mendoza Loor (ECU)
Jewel’s Goldstrike
87.230% 84.425 86.475 81.825 84.525 83.900
2.
João-Victor Marcari Oliva (BRA)
Feel Good VO
86.160% 82.550 82.525 82.525 84.675 83.525
3.
Anna Marek (USA)
Fire Fly
81.305% 76.425 80.025 77.800 81.025 76.250
4.
Sarah Tubman (USA)
First Apple
81.155% 77.550 79.650 78.250 75.325 80.000
5.
Renderson Silva de Oliveira (BRA)
Fogoso Campline
80.095% 75.950 76.850 77.350 78.300 77.025
6.
Codi Harrison (USA)
Katholt’s Bossco
79.230% 75.450 75.800 74.675 77.225 78.000
7.
Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN)
Sound of Silence 4
78.915% 75.500 75.750 75.025 78.125 75.175
8.
Svenja Grimm (CHI)
Doctor Rossi
78.335% 74.725 74.025 75.450 76.450 76.025
9.
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM)
Aquamarijn
77.570% 72.275 76.650 74.850 74.575 74.500
10.
Naïma Moreira Laliberté (CAN)
Statesman
77.130% 73.800 74.550 73.625 74.450 74.225
11.
Patricia Ferrando (VEN)
Honnaisseur SJ
75.255% 71.800 71.425 72.675 74.825 70.550
12.
Mathilde Blais Tétreault (CAN)
Fedor
74.195% 70.950 72.350 68.800 72.650 71.225
13.
Micaela Mabragaña (ARG)
Bradley Cooper
72.995% 69.950 70.100 68.650 70.925 70.350
14.
Maria Viktorovna Ugryumova Mikhailova (MEX)
Impaciente PH
72.565% 66.600 71.675 67.950 71.775 69.825
15.
Paulo Cesar Dos Santos (BRA)
Fidel Da Sasa JE
71.175% 68.525 67.450 66.225 69.775 68.900
WD
Gabriel Martin Armando (ARG)
San Rio
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Intermediate I Freestyle
Rank Competitor Score E H C M B
1.
Mario Vargas (CHI)
Kadiene
71.025% 71.200 71.500 71.125 71.125 70.175
2.
Carolina Cordoba Wolf (MEX)
Johnny Cash
70.945% 72.050 70.875 69.500 69.375 72.925
3.
Maria Alejandra Aponte Gonzalez (COL)
Lord Of The Dance
70.400% 70.425 71.125 71.125 68.950 70.375
4.
Carlos Maldonado Lara (MEX)
Frans
63.905% 64.975 65.375 62.375 63.425 63.375
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