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Yvonne’s success as a trainer is evident when one considers the horses she has developed and brought along to international competition. Regardless of the breeding or gender, Yvonne and her husband Eduardo have shown time and a gain again the ability to recognize talent as well as refine training challenges they have encountered with some of their equine acquisitions. Her 2003 Pan Am medalist mare Inatana Las Marismas, a Belgian Warmblood by Latano x Carnival gave Yvonne her first opportunity to step on a podium in an international competition is now retired in Europe.
With her Danish-approved Hannoverian-bred stallion Bernstein Las Marismas, by Banditentraum x Winterwald, Yvonne earned an individual bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. When Yvonne and Eduardo found him he had been stagnant in his training, yet they saw the potential. “It took a while to get him back in shape and move hip up to the FEI levels,” Yvonne recalled. “In our first shows in West Palm Beach we were nearly thrown out of the ring because he kept rearing.” Bernstein was seventh in the Six Year-Old division at the 2002 FEI Young Horse World Championships in Verden. Despite the challenge, Yvonne persevered, and her dedication paid off at the Pan Ams. “He was a great show horse with tremendous quality which, I was very pleased to pass on to a Danish rider who has been on two medal teams for Denmark at the European Young Rider Championships.”
In addition to Inatana and Bernstein, she had her prior Grand Prix horse, Westfalian Rittersport Las Marismas (Royal Angelo x Argwohn), an extremely talented and brilliant chestnut that was quite an interesting challenge due to his sensitive nature, but with whom she won the 2004 Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Darien CDI***. “This was one of the most particular horses I had ever ridden. It took me close to a year to comprehend all his quirks,” she says. Rittersport was sold back to Germany, where with his new rider Stefanie Kerner he was second in the 2008 German Championships for Professional Dressage Riders.
Dondolo, a gelding by Blue Hors Don Schufro, was Yvonne’s double silver medal winner at the 2010 Central & Caribbean American Games. The extravagant chestnut qualified with Yvonne for the 2006 FEI World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany, but a slight injury kept him from competing. He had a solid show season in Florida prior to his medal-winning performance in Puerto Rico, and will make his debut at Grand Prix in 2011. Yvonne is convinced of his quality: “This is a brilliant horse; he has the gaits, the mind and the athletic ability to compete at any level.”
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