Sunday, August 19, 2018

Uruguay: Pilar's Long Road to Glory stories

August 19 2018

Pilar Saravia of Trienta Y Tres, Uruguay, was world No.1 in Endurance racing last year.

This year, her sights are set on next month’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

The 16-year-old and both her chestnut gelding Baraka Nasim and grey mare Rayla will #BeUnited on the 100-mile course when they compete in WEG’s opening event on Wednesday, September 12.

We chatted with her about her goals, preparation, career highlights, and more.

Pilar, what are your goals this year? Also, what are your long-term goals?

Pilar Saravia: It will be an honour to represent Uruguay at WEG with a horse owned by my family. Long-term, I want to be an elite rider, which is something I’ve started achieving through several top ten placings at CEI3* competitions.

How are you preparing for the WEG?

Pilar: We’re training two horses with the possibility of qualifying for the Uruguayan team. Those two horses are Baraka Nasim and Rayla. Both are happy and well-cared for, so we’re trying to take one of them to the Games! Baraka Nasim is a 14-year-old Arabian gelding, he’s competed in Endurance since 2012, so he’s very experienced. In October 2017, we finished fourth in the Pan-American Endurance Championships held in Punta Del Sente (Uruguay). Rayla is an eight-year-old Arabian mare, she isn’t as experienced and has only been competing in Endurance races for two years, however, in that time, she’s shown she’s a very good mare with a promising future!...

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