Monday, March 26, 2007
photo: Manuela Antonaccio (URU) with Metiche
And the winner is... Manuela Antonaccio from Uruguay riding Metiche
57 Riders, from 11 Nations competed for the FEI Individual and Team Junior/Young Rider World Championship Medals at Camp de Mayo last week.
Teams from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa attended as did teams the Middle East and from across South America.
After an opening ceremony which concentrated on the link between the Horse and Argentine culture the competition began with the first inspection of the horses on the Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning, 6.30 am. Ride day. The weather was perfect – cool and with a slight breeze. The pace of the horses was steady throughout the day with the competitors showing horsemanship skills beyond their years.
A close result followed with Uruguay taking the Gold Medal in both the individual and team placings.
Uruguay also took the Individual Silver closely followed by the UAE taking Individual Bronze.
Team Silver medal went to the UAE, finishing with a combined time just 48 seconds less than Brazil who were awarded Team Bronze.
The Best Condition Award went to KALKADOON KAMPALA (UAE – 3rd Place, Individual)
Manuela Antonaccio URU riding METICHE at 22.50kph in 5h20
Ignacio Ospitaleche URU riding EO DUBUT at 21.50kph in 5h35
Sh Abdullah bin Faisal al Qasimi UAE riding KALKADOON KAMPALA at 21.20kph in 5h40
Of the 11 teams that began the event, 8 teams finished the complete course.
By Steph - March 26, 2007
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