Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, from the Dominican Republic, made her mark at the Wellington Classic CDI with an important win on her young Hanoverian Royal Affair in the CDI Intermediaire I. The Wellington Classic CDI had the largest and most competitive class in the country with over sixty entries in the Prix St George/Intermediaire I. With Royal Affair, her young Hanoverian gelding by Royal Diamond x Donnerhall, Losos de Muñiz won the CDI Intermediaire with a 70.22, and placed second in the Prix St Georges with a 68.9%, confirming her place in the high performance division which will help determine the riders and horses selected to represent their country at the Pan American Games. “I was very pleased to see that my work with Royal Affair, or “Robbie”, finally shows the results he is capable of producing.” said Losos de Muñiz, Pan American veteran and medalist. “He is a very young horse, quite green and sensitive, and the competition was very tough.”
Losos de Muñiz trains with Diederik Wigmans from the Netherlands, who comes to Florida often for shows and training sessions. “We have been working together for many years, and understand each other very well. I believe we have a great system in place and every time the horses are improving, so we are confident we can reach our goals.” After living and training in Canada, Europe, and her home country of the Dominican Republic, Losos de Muñiz has settled in Wellington at the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex, where in addition to Royal Affair, she has her more experienced mount Dondolo Las Marismas (by Don Schufro) in mind for the Pan American Games. “Robbie (Royal Affaire Affair) is my reserve horse for the Pan American Games, so it will be nice to see how far he develops this spring and summer, and then decide between him and Dondolo, a more experienced horse that I am currently showing at Grand Prix.”
In fact Dondolo joined the prestigious line up for the World Dressage Masters on invitation, broadening the international field. “I was privileged to participate with him in the World Dressage Masters, even though we were worried since he is very green at this level. In the end, he did a fine job and its all great experience for both of us.”
With the next CDI competition, the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI 3* coming up this week at the Horse Park at Equestrian Estates, Losos de Muñiz has just a short drive from her training base in Wellington to keep up the good work. “I am so pleased to be based here in Wellington.” Losos de Muñiz adds. “The conditions are excellent, and there are so many opportunities to watch other top professionals train and compete, so I feel I am always learning. We also have all the best veterinary resources, which is something we normally don’t have in the Dominican Republic. Finally, it gives me the opportunity to train riders and client’s horses, which is something I enjoy very much.”
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