Team Puerto Rico got its classification to the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Colombia, completing an excellent week at Wellington. (Photo © AAPM)
Team Puerto Rico got its qualification to the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Colombia, after its great performance in Wellington.
Conformed by Freddie Vazquez, María Victoria Pérez, Vasco Flores and Tatiana Andújar, the Team Puerto Rico completed three days of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, which earned them the opportunity to register their name in the next Central American and Caribbean Games.
Being the first qualifier a speed class by Table C, the Puerto Rico number 2 and World Number 1,047 Freddie Vazquez showed the way with the 16-year-old stallion Bachelor 4 (Baloubet du Rouet x Grosso Z), stopping the clock in 70.74 seconds and being escorted by Vasco Flores in 71.39 seconds, María Victoria Pérez followed in 75.39 seconds, fourth Tatiana Andújar with a time of 78.90 seconds, fifth Alexa Rodriguez of Barbados 76.22 seconds plus 12 fouls and Ki-Juan Minors of Bermuda closed in 82.20 seconds plus 8 fouls.
For the team competition Vasco Flores accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Balou 660 (Balou du Rouet x Ramiro) led the perfect afternoon for his country, Puerto Rico number 1 and World Number 713 María Victoria Pérez was presented with the 12-year-old stallion Tamarindo LS (Dollar de la Pierre x Cash) and Freddie Vazquez closed the perfect round, while Tatiana Andújar finished in 5 fouls next to the 9-year-old stallion El Berlin Bogibo.
Once the classification of Puerto Rico for the Central American Games in Colombia was assured, the closing day had Tatiana Andújar as the main protagonist, winning the last qualifying in time of 55.91 seconds, followed by Freddie Vazquez (PUR) in second place, María Victoria Pérez (PUR) was third, Alexa Rodríguez (BAR) fourth and Ki-Juan Minors (BER) finished fifth.
Now the next target for Puerto Rico in seeking its classification to the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, where they will be classifying the four best Central American Nations in Colombia that will be held from July 19 to August 3.