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In Brief: Mercedes Tapia from Argentina

This edition of “in brief” interviews Mercedes Tapia (51) from Argentina

Where are you from?

I live in my farm and training centre, 2 hours’ drive from Buenos Aires in a place called Alvarez de Toledo, Saladillo.

What are your achievements?

Participated six times in the World Championship as a member of the Argentinian team.
I’m a breeder for my grandfather’s stables, Criolos Horses, here in Argentina.
We breed Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses only for the endurance and besides that I am a horse veterinarian for breeders of polo horses.
For four years, I was part of the FEI athletes’ committee, it changes every term and after me it was Valery Kanavy who is (as we all know) a very good and experienced rider from USA.
The FEI recognised me as an elite athlete and I received a gold medal from them since I completed three World Championships.
Silver medal in the FEI Pan American Championship in 2005 which was held in Pinamar, in Argentina.
I finished three times in the top 20 in the World Championships.

When did you start riding?

I started to ride endurance in 1999 which seems rather late, but that was the start of the sport in Argentina.
Before that I competed with Criolo Horses in rodeo with cows and also trained for the 750km ride of Criolo Horses. But I was always reading about endurance in foreign magazines, waiting for the moment that this incredible sport would come to Argentina.
And once it was here I quit all other sports with horses and dedicate myself only to endurance riding and training.

Does riding run in the family?

You can say that. My whole family is in the horse business.
My husband is a horse orthopaedic surgeon and my daughter, Flor, is a vet and she also rides.

Why horses and why endurance?

Well it’s my passion and my life since I was born.
Endurance is the best sport for a horseman because you spend so much time together so you have time to build a strong relationship.
Also as a veterinarian it makes you think to do your best in sports medicine.
What I like about the endurance is the number of friends that I make all around the world.
And also, to welcome overseas riders to ride my horses. Also, it gives me the opportunity to travel around the world and go to many places to ride horses and to build new relationships.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I began training for a well-known Arab breeder but now I train my own breed.
I train them, I ride them and treat them as a vet.

What else do you enjoy?

Well all things I’m involved with now: the horses, being a veterinarian and dogs.


Instagram: @mechatapia

FEI Profile: Mercedes Tapia

Photo credit: Favio Lorenz, Eduardo Beccar Varela

 

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In Brief: Mercedes Tapia from Argentina

This edition of “in brief” interviews Mercedes Tapia (51) from Argentina

Where are you from?

I live in my farm and training centre, 2 hours’ drive from Buenos Aires in a place called Alvarez de Toledo, Saladillo.

What are your achievements?

Participated six times in the World Championship as a member of the Argentinian team.
I’m a breeder for my grandfather’s stables, Criolos Horses, here in Argentina.
We breed Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses only for the endurance and besides that I am a horse veterinarian for breeders of polo horses.
For four years, I was part of the FEI athletes’ committee, it changes every term and after me it was Valery Kanavy who is (as we all know) a very good and experienced rider from USA.
The FEI recognised me as an elite athlete and I received a gold medal from them since I completed three World Championships.
Silver medal in the FEI Pan American Championship in 2005 which was held in Pinamar, in Argentina.
I finished three times in the top 20 in the World Championships.

When did you start riding?

I started to ride endurance in 1999 which seems rather late, but that was the start of the sport in Argentina.
Before that I competed with Criolo Horses in rodeo with cows and also trained for the 750km ride of Criolo Horses. But I was always reading about endurance in foreign magazines, waiting for the moment that this incredible sport would come to Argentina.
And once it was here I quit all other sports with horses and dedicate myself only to endurance riding and training.

Does riding run in the family?

You can say that. My whole family is in the horse business.
My husband is a horse orthopaedic surgeon and my daughter, Flor, is a vet and she also rides.

Why horses and why endurance?

Well it’s my passion and my life since I was born.
Endurance is the best sport for a horseman because you spend so much time together so you have time to build a strong relationship.
Also as a veterinarian it makes you think to do your best in sports medicine.
What I like about the endurance is the number of friends that I make all around the world.
And also, to welcome overseas riders to ride my horses. Also, it gives me the opportunity to travel around the world and go to many places to ride horses and to build new relationships.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I began training for a well-known Arab breeder but now I train my own breed.
I train them, I ride them and treat them as a vet.

What else do you enjoy?

Well all things I’m involved with now: the horses, being a veterinarian and dogs.


Instagram: @mechatapia

FEI Profile: Mercedes Tapia

Photo credit: Favio Lorenz, Eduardo Beccar Varela

 

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