The Guatemala Times
Sunday, 12 April 2009 15:48 Barbara Schieber
Guatemala - The Mayan Adventure Ride 2009 - Ingenio Magdalena Challenge 2nd Edition, ended successfully on Sunday the 8th of March.
The Mayan Ride 2009 proved once again that Guatemala can stage an event that is up to the highest international standards, classifying riders for their participation in world wide events of Endurance. This event places Guatemala at the vanguard of the whole region with the capacity to develop this equestrian discipline with the participation of excellent riders, FEI approved judges, veterinarians and officials.
Several months ago, Jinetes de Aventura Endurance - Endurance Adventure Riders, decided to organize The Mayan Adventure Ride 2009 - Ingenio Magdalena Challenge 2nd Edition, a qualifying event for national ranking, obtaining FEI starts for qualifying for the Central American and Caribbean Games, The Pan-American Games and for the World Endurance Championship 2010 USA. The decision to hold the event was based on several factors. The Guatemalan Endurance Riders had performed very well at many international events and they had a good chance to qualify, some riders have already qualified.
The location selected for the event, because of optimum conditions was again "Tierra Dulce" of Sugar Mill Magdalena, in La Gomera, Esquintla. The Sugar Mill Magdalena with their generous support made this big and logistically highly complicated event possible. They where the Platinum Sponsors of the event for the second consecutive year.
Other important Sponsors where: The National Federation of Equestrian Sport Guatemala (ANEG), The Olympic Committee of Guatemala, Supermarket of Woods Rio Blanco, Travel Agency Máxima Travel, VetCentro, NutriFert, Genética, Purina, Lama S.A , Ecoleños and The Guatemala Times with special news coverage.
Because of the climate, the race was scheduled to proceed during the night time. This added more logistical challenges to the organization of the race in order to be able to comply with the unusual requirements.
Results of the Race
International Category 120 km, Junior & Young Riders:
1st place: Maria Paiz, horse: Faraon
International Category Adults, 80 kms*:
1st place: Dr. Janio Johnston, horse: Ali Yassir
2nd place: Jaime Mansilla, horse: FKD Santiago
3rth place: Laura Paiz, horse: Lambrusco
4th place: Silvia Aldana de Wit, horse: Paisano
5th place: Dayan Serovic, horse Aladino
International Category 80 km, Junior & Young Riders:
1st place: Luis Miguel de la Roca, horse: Candelita
National Category 60 kms:
1st place: Andrea Herschel, horse: Goldie
National Category 40 kms:
1st place: Scarlet de Gonzales, horse: Shabah
2nd place: Sandra Mansilla de Gonzales, horse: TZ Santiago
3rth place: Juan Timeus, horse: Pringo
Like in any sport, it is a heartbreaking situation to be disqualified, for the rider, his fans and family, after having endured a race of many kilometers or any distance in between start and finish. Tears are shed; utter exhaustion, frustration and disappointment take their toll. Some riders and their families get very upset at the judges decisions. It is not easy to be a judge at these events where the stakes are very high.
A few participants did not manage to finish the race for different reasons. Some of the horses went lame -the conditions at night are very difficult for both rider and horse- and others could not reach the levels of physical conditions required for these FEI events.
The Mayan Adventure Ride 2009 proved that Guatemala can stage an event that is up to the highest international standards, classifying international riders for their participation in world wide events of Endurance. This event places Guatemala at the vanguard of the whole region with the capacity to develop this equestrian discipline with the participation of excellent riders, FEI approved judges, veterinarians and officials.