San Salvador, El Salvador – May 12, 2018 – El Salvador is bringing their best equestrian game to 2018. Following successful Nations Cup competitions and a number of regional games medals, Team El Salvador has put themselves on the equestrian map and now have their sights set on the 23rd Annual Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Baranquilla, Colombia. Comprised of four internationally successful FEI show jumpers, Team El Salvador is positioned to represent their country once again in equestrian sport at the FEI hosted regional games.
El Salvador Team rider Diego Muyshondt
Decked out in the brilliant royal blue of their home nation, Diego Muyshondt, Paulo Santana, Juan Bolanos, and Erika Holman will be the latest team represent El Salvador this summer in Colombia, July 20th – August 3, 2018. Despite hailing from the smallest of Central American nations, the 2018 riders for El Salvador already have quite a few medals between them, and have been conquering show jumping rings around the US, Canada, and Europe. Muyshondt was awarded Individual Silver for his performance at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010, as well as Team Bronze at the 2017 Central American Games in 2017. Paulo Santana has racked up quite a number of successful finishes in North America, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Spruce Meadows, and multiple Central American Games starts. Juan Bolanos has also represented El Salvador at a number of Central American Games, and Bolanos and Santana joined Muyshondt as part of the Bronze Medal winning team at the 2017 Central American Games in Guatemala, while Holman competed as an individual.
Team El Salvador representing at the 2017 Wellington Nations Cup
In 2017, Team El Salvador’s Wellington Nations Cup debut team featured Muyshondt, Bolanes, and Santana as well as Nelson Pessoa and Cate Boon. For El Salvador’s three anchor riders, the importance of representing their country on the international stage cannot be overstated. “Representing El Salvador in our first Nations Cup outings in 2016 and 2017 was a big step towards more international events,” said Muyshondt. “Paulo, Juan, and myself have been very dedicated to growing this small nation’s reputation in our sport, along with fantastic support from our sponsors and other El Salvadorian riders. Now in 2018, we will be attending the Games in Colombia with the same goals of elevating the sport both on a national level in El Salvador and on the world stage.”
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Source: Press Release by Equinium Sports Marketing for Team El Salvador
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