While Marco’s hard work has paid off and his success is well recognized in the States, the entire country of Colombia is thrilled with Marco as well. In 2010, Marco received a prestigious Athlete Award from President Alvaro Uribe Velezis, the President of Columbia. Marco was awarded a medal from the Colombian President during a private ceremony in Colombia. “This is the only award of its kind that has been given out to a Colombian athlete and it is truly an honor to win it,” Marco said. “I am thrilled to have been awarded the Athlete Award. It is positive image for my country and I will continue to represent them as best I can.”
In addition to riding for Colombia, Marco is the image of Café de Colombia and is sponsored by the National Colombian Coffee Federation, a federation well known for supplying coffee beans to many prominent coffee brands around the world. It’s a win-win sponsorship for Marco, who says he starts every day with a cup of Colombian coffee. “Since I am a life-long lover of coffee, it is a perfect fit.” Marco rides all three of his stallions under the National Colombian Coffee Federation sponsorship.
Marco’s dressage career is long and illustrious and it is easy to see that showing is his passion. “I love competing horses that I train from scratch. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see them excelling at the international level,” Marco said.
The future looks promising for Marco, as he will compete Farewell in the Central American and Caribbean Games during the summer of 2010 in Puerto Rico. “I am also trying to qualify Halbgott for the World Equestrian Games,” Marco said. “Then next year I hope to compete in the Pan Am Games and then I am looking forward to the Olympics in London in 2012.”