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Eduardo Tame
August 2, 2016
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By Eduardo Tame
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 :: Posted 08:53:26 AM EDT


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© : Mauricio Guerra Chef D’Equippe, Cristobal Collado, Yago Alvarez, Antonio Abascal and Carlos Hank. Photo Mónica de Cima
Mauricio Guerra Chef D’Equippe, Cristobal Collado, Yago Alvarez, Antonio Abascal and Carlos Hank. Photo: Mónica de Cima  

Summer also means to Mexican riders go to US and Canada to get the international experience they do not get the rest of the year. So a numerous group of riders attend the Spruce Meadows Summer championships, but also another group of young riders attended the Colorado horse shows previous to the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship, having these as the ultimate goal. Some of the numerous group from Guadalajara, those who are not so young anymore, left Colorado to California, leaving a younger and eager group competing under the supervision of Mauricio Guerra.

© : Andrés Berganza was the best Mexican rider in the Young Riders division.
Andrés Berganza was the best Mexican rider in the Young Riders division.


In the Young Riders section the Mexican riders rode well, but their counterparts rode better. Their results with four and cero or four and four were not enough to win a Team Medal, nor an Individual one. Andrés Berganza, a veteran in Junior and Young Riders events, was the best result in fifth, having newcomer Greta Matienzo in seventh and Adrían, Andres’ twin brother in eleventh.

© : Carlos Hank, Team Gold and Individual Silver in Juniors.
Carlos Hank, Team Gold and Individual Silver in Juniors.

In the Junior section was another story. Sixteen year old Carlos Hank, who lives and trains in California, won the first day, with Antonio Abascal from Veracruz in second. The Mexico North Team, Carlos and Antonio plus Yago Alvarez from Guadalajara and Cristobal Collado who also lives in California, finished with the gold medal with three rails ahead of Zone X USA who got the silver medal.

© : Yago Alvarez with his parents.
Yago Alvarez with his parents.

Yago was riding his horse Colorado in the second round when the rein split from the bit and had to withdrew, but the results of his teammates were enough to clinch the gold. There was a second Junior Team, Mexico South, who finished in fifth place. Then Carlos, who was leading in the individual classification, couldn’t prevent his horse, Santos, to have a rail down in each round, but finished in the second place position for a Silver medal behind Lucy Matz from the US. Abascal finished in seventh and Nicole Meyer, from the Mexico South Team, in 8th.

©  Mónica de Cima: Nicole Meyer 8th. Place.  Photo Mónica de Cima
Nicole Meyer 8th. Place.  Photo: Mónica de Cima.

© : Mexico South Junior Team. Tanimara Macari, Karime Perez, Nicole Meyer and  Alfonso Gutiérrez. Nicolás Pizarro Chef D’Equippe.
Mexico South Junior Team. Tanimara Macari, Karime Perez, Nicole Meyer and  Alfonso Gutiérrez. Nicolás Pizarro Chef D’Equippe.

 
© : Hank and Collado with trainer Enrique González.  Photo Mónica de Cima.
Hank and Collado with trainer Enrique González.  Photo: Mónica de Cima.

© : Antonio Ribera and Carlos Maldonado, bronze medal in Dressage.
Antonio Ribera and Carlos Maldonado, bronze medal in Dressage.

 A first for Mexico was the participation of a junior rider in Dressage. Sixteen year old Carlos Maldonado, coached by veteran rider Antonio Ribera, got the first dressage medal in this Championship ever. He got a 69.974%. The Dressage community in Mexico was really surprised and happy with the result, and Carlos was happy as hell. Mexico will have only a Dressage (Berna Pujals) and a Paradressage rider (Erika Baitenman) in Rio, as the jumping team did not qualify. Will be the first time Mexico will not have a jumping team in the Olympics since 1960. However as winner of the North American League in the Furisiyya Nation’s Cup series, will have a team in the Final at Barcelona, and two weeks before another team will be attending the Masters at Spruce Meadows.

© : Santiago Lambre in his new Porsche SUV as best rider in Knokke
Santiago Lambre in his new Porsche SUV as best rider in Knokke.

Several riders are competing in Europe preparing for Barcelona: Alberto Michan, Juan Jose Zendejas, Federico Fernandez and Antonio Chedraui competed in La Coruña in Spain, and Santiago Lambre won a Porsche SUV as the best rider in the CSI3* in Knokke Belgium. For Spruce Meadows the name of the following riders are in the air for the Team: Patricio and Francisco Pasquel, Antonio Maurer and Alejandro Mills.

 

 


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