Yvonne Losos de Muñiz Shines on Spanish Sunshine
de la Frontera, Spain --- Dressage competitor Yvonne Losos de Muñiz
of the Dominican Republic celebrated victory on opening weekend
of the CDI*** Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera held March 3-7,
2003 Pan American Games individual bronze medallist, Losos de Muñiz
won Saturdays Intermediaire I with a score of 67.92% riding
Inatana Las Marismas, a 14-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood mare by
Latano and out of a Carneval dam. With a score of 68.91% in Thursdays
Prix St. Georges, Losos de Muñiz finished runner-up to British
rider Carl Hester, currently ranked 37th in the world.
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz and Inatana Las Marismas on their
way to claiming the Individual Bronze Medal at the 2003 Pan American
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
large field also included such names as Lone Jorgensen of Denmark,
currently the number ten rider in the world rankings, and Nathalie
Zu Sayn Wittgenstein of Denmark who stands 50th in the world. Losos
de Muñiz dedicated her win in the Intermediaire I to the
memory of Dr. Chris Buckowiecki, a prominent veterinarian who passed
away a few weeks ago in Wellington, FL.
Buckowiecki was an outstanding veterinarian and a fantastic person
as well as a personal friend, emphasizes Losos de Muñiz.
The news of his death was particularly devastating to us as
he had been Inatanas vet for several years, including during
the 2003 Pan American Games, and she was his favourite horse.
de Muñiz also made her international debut contesting the
Olympic level of Grand Prix riding Rittersport, an 11-year-old Westphalian
gelding by Royal Angelo formerly shown by Swiss Equestrian Team
member, Hans Staub. Earning a score of 65.83% from the panel of
five international judges, Losos de Muñiz placed ninth from
a large field of 39 competitors. Russias Elena Kalinina, ranked
38th in the world, rode Royal Black Label to the win with a score
top fifteen riders moved forward to the Grand Prix Special where
Losos de Muñiz scored 63.32% riding the test for the very
first time. Denmarks Lone Jorgensen won the Grand Prix Special
with a score of 70.16% riding her new mount, Ludewig G.
am extremely pleased with my performance on both horses, especially
considering the quality of riders and horses competing here on the
Sunshine Tour, noted Losos de Muñiz. It is a
totally different ballgame than the previous shows weve done.
My trainer, Diederik Wigmans, once again did a great job of getting
me focused and ready, especially for the Grand Prix level, where
I was quite nervous as I have never shown at that level internationally
before and Rittersport, while a horse of outstanding quality, is
not an easy ride.
de Muñiz will continue to compete in Spain on the Sunshine
Tour which consists of three consecutive weeks of CDI*** competition
and sees approximately 300 horses representing 18 nations competing.
dual citizen of the Dominican Republic and Canada, Losos de Muñiz
and her husband, Eduardo Muñiz, operate Las Marismas with
branches in both countries. In addition to their facility in Santo
Domingo, they also run the Canadian arm of Las Marismas in Vankleek
Hill, ON. Las Marismas specializes in Dutch-bred sport horses for
all disciplines and is also a well-known producer of Andalusian
horses, a historic Spanish breed. For more information, please visit