EURODRESSAGE: Torrente to Coach Ecuadorian Team at 2013 Bolivarian Games
Wed, 11/13/2013 – 18:33
Colombian 3-star judge Cesar Torrente will be the coach for the Ecuadorian dressage team competing at the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Lima, Peru on 21 – 25 November 2013.
The Bolivarian Games are an FEI-recognized regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simon BolÃvar, known as ‘El Libertador’ (The Liberator) and leader of independence movements in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Venezuela. With Chile, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and others invited for the first time, this year’s Games will present a larger field of South American and Caribbean countries at the Games than ever before.
The Bogota-based Colombian is no stranger to global attention. In October, he won the Colombian National Championship, riding his former PSI auction horse Louboutin, a Hanoverian by Londonderry, Louboutin.
For Torrente, the first judge promoted through the 2013 FEI 3* program, the road to the Games began years earlier: â€I did clinics in Ecuador and now, as part of my judging throughout South America, I was visiting the country when their riders and Federation thought I could help them in this important event. I am very honored by their designation. Usually Ecuador has won the Bronze medal,â€ says Torrente, who isÂ working with four horses and riders who earned squad positions after national selection trials.
The Bolivarian Games Organizing Committee has confirmed at least five other nations competing. â€œWe have not had much time but will do our best. We know judges are looking for correct riding and for the training scale. So we will focus on these issues even though we know other countries will bring very important horses and riders.â€