Mettawa, Ill.–May 24, 2018 –The Equestrian Federation of Puerto Rico announced the names of the team members who will represent the island nation on their jumping team for Barranquilla 2018, the Central American and Caribbean Games. The team will include Freddie Vazquez, Israel López, Maria Victoria Pérez, Vasco Flores and the alternate Tatiana Andújar.
Founded in 1924, the Central American and Caribbean Games is held every four years and is scheduled for July 19-Aug. 3, 2018. The Capital District of Bogota will host the FEI sports at the Bogota Equestrian Center.
Vazquez and his equine partner, Bachelor 4, a bay Rheinlander gelding (Baloubet du Rouet x Grosso Z), have been charting a course with hopes to achieve international competition milestones. With this announcement, the first box has been checked. He hopes that success at the Central American and Caribbean Games will help him earn a spot on the team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and the ultimate goal—the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Vazquez has two other FEI mounts, Zippo Z, (Zandor Z x Rebel I Z) a stunning Zangersheide stallion and Esprit De Vie (Utrillo Van De Heffinck x Pachat II), a Belgian Warmblood mare who was his 2014 Toronto Pan American Games partner.
“For the last year, I have been judicious about competing Bachelor to keep him in the best condition possible,” said Vazquez. “He’s been jumping great and we’ve had some fantastic results. I’m excited to go to Colombia to compete as part of this great team. I hope to do my best for the team and make my country proud.”
ABOUT FREDDIE VAZQUEZ
Freddie and his wife and partner Jodi Vazquez own and operate Messenger Hill Farm. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois. Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and has set his sights on competing at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Split Rock Jumper Tour and more.
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