Yvonne Losos De Muniz and her team in training for the Pan American Games representing the Dominican Republic have discovered there is no need to venture far from her Wellington, Florida base to prepare for the Pan American Games in Mexico October 14–30, 2011.
At the Wellington Classic Dressage in the Tropics 1 and II held July 23-24 at the Palm Beach Jim Brandon Equestrian Center , Losos De Muniz won both Intermediaire 1 classes on scoring 73.95 and 73.68 with her horse Dondolo Las Marismas. The other Dominican Republic team riders in training with Yvonne also fared well: Samira Uemura, had her debut with Losos De Muniz’s Hannoverian, Royal Affair, in the Prix St placing third on Sat with a 72% behind Marco Bernal and Lisa Wilcox, and winning and open Prix St Georges class with a 68.68. Third team member George Fernandez, won two Prix St Georges the week before at a classes with a 67% at the Summer Sizzler I CDN at the Canterbury, Equestrian Center July 9-10.
With the central and northeastern United States locked in the grip of a stifling heat wave, the Florida climate has been comfortable. “Wellington is a lovely community, and being surrounded by so many equestrian resources is an absolute plus for anyone that has serious competitive goals in mind.” Yvonne commented. “There are plenty of advantages to being based here: to begin with we are boarding at wonderful facilities, with top footing, an indoor, a track, and a new arenabeing built.” Said Yvonne who is located at the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex. “We are also very pleased to have the great shows that the Wellington Classic Dressage team organize in Jim Brandon, and look forward to the new developments that are underway for dressage in Wellington in the months to come.”
While Losos De Muniz had originally planned to participate in some CDIs in the Northeast during the summer months, they realized there was no real need to travel far from home.. The quality of footing and facilities and the number of shows attracting year round resident high performance riders is what makes the most sense for their preparations for October. “This way we keep sharp in the ring, and our horses will remain fresh and fit for the trip to Mexico.”