Wellington, Florida --- Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic scored victories in both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediare I and finished second in the Intermediare Freestyle to music while competing at the Florida Dressage Classic, held February 13-16 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club during the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Opening with a strong performance in the Prix St. Georges riding Inatana Las Marismas, her 13-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood mare by Latano, Losos de Muñiz scored an impressive 70.75%. Her high mark, helped by expressive trot and canter extensions, easily topped those posted by all other competitors, including Lars Petersen of Denmark, currently ranked the number five dressage rider in the world, who finished a distant second with a score of 63.88% aboard Dansko’s Success.
Losos de Muñiz again outperformed a stellar field comprised of 22 other competitors with a score of 69% in the Intermediare I. On the final day of competition, Losos de Muñiz had to settle for second place in the Intermediare Freestyle. Riding to music designed by Terry Ciotti-Gallo of Klassic Kur, Losos de Muñiz earned a score of 71.50% to finish runner-up behind Jan Brons who earned 73.67% riding Josien.
Two weeks earlier during the Wellington Dressage competition, held January 30-February 2, Losos de Muñiz placed second from a field of 23 starters in the Prix St. Georges scoring 68.38% and won the Intermediare I with 67.25%. She and Inatana Las Marismas placed second in the Intermediare Freestyle with an incredibly high score of 71.88%.
“It has been such a pleasure to return to the Winter Equestrian Festival this year, and achieving scores in the 70’s against such a high calibre of riders and horses is truly amazing!” said Losos de Muñiz, 35, who, with husband Eduardo Muñiz, operates the dressage and show jumping facility, Las Marismas. Las Marismas is also a well-known producer of Andalusian horses, a historic Spanish breed, which are bred and trained at both the Canadian and Dominican Republic facilities.
“It gives both myself and my horses so much confidence as we prepare for the Pan American Games which will be hosted in my hometown of Santo Domingo in August. My coach, Dutch trainer Diederik Wigmans, is preparing the entire Dominican dressage team for the Pan Ams and we both believe that the Dominican Republic will be well-represented.”
In December, Losos de Muñiz won two individual gold medals and led the Dominican Republic to the team bronze at the 2002 Central American Games in El Salvador. Earlier in 2002, Losos de Muñiz led the Dominican Republic to its first win of the FEI World Dressage Challenge sponsored by Performance Sales International (PSI). Losos de Muñiz then teamed up with her student, George Fernández, to claim the bronze medal at the 2002 Championship of the Americas in Blainville, Canada.
Losos de Muñiz, who has duel citizenship, also runs the Canadian arm of Las Marismas from Vankleek Hill, ON, a small town located midway between Ottawa and Montreal. The Canadian operation specializes in Dutch-bred sport horses for all disciplines with guidance and support from renowned Dutch horsemen, Paul and Emile Hendrix.
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