The success of the Mexican riders in Spruce Meadows this season is unparalleled.
In the four weeks of the major tournaments in June and July, the Mexican Team won 85 ribbons, including five first place rosettes. Of these results, Patricio Pasquel won two of those ribbons, including the Grand Prix at the National. Gonzalo Azcárraga, Nicolás Pizarro and Juan José Zendejas were the three other winners. Zendejas also won the U25 championship and qualified for the Masters this September. Fortunately at this competition, the Mexican anthem was played several times for its native winners, unlike in Miami at the Global Champions Tour when Hank González won for México and an incorrect anthem was mistakenly played.
Mexican riders at the Spruce Meadows summer competition included Alberto Michan, Francisco Pasquel, Lorenza Ofarril, brothers Mario and Salvador Oñate, Javier Fernández, Federico Fernández, Antonio Chedraui, Antonio Maurer, Greta Matienzo, Beto Martínez, Juan C. Martín del Campo, Jorge Canedo, and the Azcárraga family, comprised of father Jaime and his sons Gonzalo and Andrés. Fernando Martínez, who also competed, surprised everybody by climbing more than 100 places in the World Rankings. Luis Plascencia accumulated two second place finishes, one in the National Derby and one in the North American Derby.
Mexican riders representing other countries also excelled as Paola Amilibia, Juan M. Luzardo and Rodrigo Lambre. But not only in Canada.– Santiago Lambré (Santiago and Rodrigo are brothers, but Santiago represents Mexico while Rodrigo his birth country Brazil, but lives in Mexico and trains Mario Oñate and Luis Plascencia) won several Grand Prix classes in Tryon and Daniel Rihan won the Medium Junior Championship. Eugenio Garza also won in Europe.
In the middle of the continent Mexico was present as well, winning five medals at the Festival Deportivo in Guatemala. Team Mexico was second at the Nations Cup behind Guatemala and won both gold and bronze at the Grand Prix and the overall championship. Arturo Parada from Querétaro earned the gold medal in the Grand Prix and the bronze in the overall, while Manuel Fernández D from Verácruz won the gold in the overall and bronze in the Grand Prix.
What’s next? The NAJYR in Saugerties where two Junior Teams will represent Mexico.