Florencia Manfredi Wins 2012 Argentinian Grand Prix Championships

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 17:18
2012 Argentinian Dressage Championships

Florencia Manfredi won the 2012 Argentinian Dressage Championships held at Grand Prix level for the first time in thirty years. The Argentinian Championships were organized at the Club Hipico Argentina in Buenos Aires on 16 - 18 November 2012. Argentina currently has three Grand Prix riders, but only one rode at the Championships.

The Nationals featured classes at many levels with 55 riders competing, but the Grand Prix only had one rider, who performed a Grand Prix and Kur to Music during the weekend. The tests were judged by Cesar Lopardo Grana, Claudia Mesquita, Sandra Smith, Lilian Ianone, and Andrea Guerreño.

Aboard her 14-year old gelding Rec Gauchito the 30-year old Manfredi scored 62.277% in the Grand Prix and 62.100% in the Freestyle, averaging 62.189%.

Bred and trained by Manfredi's coach Enrique Sztyrle, Rec Gauchito is an Argentinian bred chestnut gelding which initially was a show jumper but tuned to dressage at the age of 6. In 2011 he partnered with Florencia to win the Argentinian Championships at small tour level and in 2012 the pair competed in Wellington, Florida.

"It's my second Championship, but it is the first one in Argentina at Olympic level. I'm very proud for achieving this level with Rec Gauchito, a horse which me and my trainer took to this level," Manfredi told Eurodressage.

Manfredi is now aiming to compete at the South American Games in Chile in 2014.

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