A dressage rider from the Dominican Republic has become the first from her country to qualify for the Olympic Games in an equestrian sport.
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz secure the Rio 2016 Olympic spot available for competitors from Central and South America by taking the top two places in a show at West Palm Beach in Florida last weekend.
Losos, 48, was also the first equestrian from the Dominican Republic to qualify for a World Equestrian Games, making the cut in 2010 but sadly losing her horse Optimus Prime to laminitis in the run-up to the event.
Speaking in the newspaper Dominican Today after the announcement of her Olympic selection, Losos thanked the Olympic Committee Equestrian Federation, and especially the program Creating Olympic Dreams (CRESO).
Photo: International Grand Prix rider Yvonne Losos de Muniz and Optimus Prime won the Grand Prix Special, sponsored by Classic Equine Equipment, at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The Chronicle of the Horse