Mexico is now host of 22 CSI, a big increase from some years ago when only one or two were held in Mexican territory. Including in this number is the WC Qualifier held in Guadalajara last month, and the Global Champion’s Tour that will be for second year in a row in the magnificent Campo Marte in downtown México City.
But there is also very good international shows in Balvanera, Xalapa (including the CSIO) and San Miguel de Allende.
In a residential venue in San Miguel Allende named Otomí, there were two weeks, out of five in the year, in February. Both have German Course Designer Christian Wiegand in charge. Having so many international shows, the participants in both weeks were different, some decided for the first week, others for the second. But in both there were a very good number or riders and horses, and great sport.
On the first week the Grand Prix was won by Juan José Zendejas, who rode his grey horse Tino de la Chapelle. Juan José spent most of last year competing in USA and Canadá, riding with Ilan Ferder, and represented Mexico in two Nation’s Cups. From the 27 original combinations only six went through to the Jump Off. Second place was for the Brazilian rider Rodrigo Lambre, followed by Antonio Maurer, the only three double clear. Alfredo Ramírez was sidelined with one time fault, while Patricio Pasquel riding Babel and Alberto Aldana from Guadalajra had one rail down each.
The Grand Prix was held Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday the Clásico at 1.45m had almost 40 riders. The winner was Olympic Veteran Nicolás Pizarro riding Guizane, with the four time Olympian Jaime Azcárraga and For Fashion in second. Fourth and fifth were Arturo Parada from Guadalajara and Salvador Oñate from León, both with double clear, and with one rail down Francisco Pasquel now with Coronado. Arturo Parada traveled from there to Ocala to be part of the Mexican Team at the CSIO, together with Eugenio Garza, Alberto Sanchez Cozar a Spaniard who just acquired the Mexican Nacionality, and Olympic Veteran from the Athens Olympics Gustavo Ramos.
At the second week Juan José Zendejas won the main class on Friday with his grey horse, but in the Grand Prix he had one rail down. This time the Grand Prix Radio Fórmula was held on Sunday, and three young riders were the winners: in first place
Andrés Azcárraga, following the steps from his father who did not participated this week. In second place was Fernando Martínez, and in third from Guadalajara Juan Carlos Martín del Campo.