Antonio Rivera Galarzo and Jesus Enrique Palacios are representing Mexico by competing in the Intermediere1 CDI at the Dressage Affaire this weekend. Their presence in the class made the I1 CDI truly field international. Galarzo, who trains Palacios and his horses competed himself on the lovely grey PRE stallion by Oficial XXIX, Naval, for an impressive 66. 842. The top placings in the Prix St. George leg of the Intermediere 1 CDI were bunched in the 66-67% range, so this score definitely puts Galarzo in an advantageous position for the overall I-1 competition. His student, Jesus Enrique Palacios rode two horses in the class, Ramiro, a Hannoverian by Rouletto, and Showtime, a Sandro Hit gelding.
The horses were vanned from Mexico City and arrived a week ago. Palacios felt that Ramiro was tired in the PSG, but that Showtime was better. This is their second competition experience in the USA, and they are working toward spots to represent Mexico for the Pan Am Games which will be held in Guadalajara this year. Palacios stated, “Though there are shows in Mexico, FEI competition is limited. There are probably only 12 FEI riders in Mexico.” Palacios was Reserve Champion at last year’s Central American Games in Puerto Rico. The Dressage Affaire offers a truly international experience in which they may very well be competing with those who will represent the USA in the Pan American Games.