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In Brief: Elisa Munoz (21) from Uruguay

Name: Elisa Munoz
Age: 21
From: Montevideo, Uruguay

When did Elisa Munoz start riding?

I have been riding since I can remember, I spent almost all my childhood holidays at my mother’s farm where I learned to ride.
It was in 2011 when I found out what endurance was, and I swore to myself that I was going to try it. In 2012 I completed the novice qualifications and in 2013 I started racing for La Union (Juma´s team) And since then, I have been racing with them!

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. At water point.Does riding run in the family?

I come from a family where almost aIl my cousins play polo and also breed polo horses, a sport which was played by my grandfather and uncles too. Furthermore my mother encouraged me and my sisters to ride and take lessons. That’s why riding has always been a natural part of my family.

Why horses for Elisa Munoz?

Horses have always been special for me. Maybe that is what drives me crazy for them! They give me something to achieve in each race or training session.
I have chosen endurance because it requires a connection between the rider and the horse which is fundamental to bring out the best of the horse as well as raise awareness of its welfare. For this reason, I think that commitment is essential to assure the results.

Notable achievements / palmares.

Generally, I ride young horses as part of their training process. This is why the achievements are important just for the team.
However, this is a great year for me as I have accomplished a lot.
In September I won with ER Fawser a CEI2*120 km Junior being the first time I won!
In October I rode my first CEI3* 160km race with ER Kesly finishing in sixth position out of 35 starter.

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. Full attack.Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I don’t ride my own horses. Since I started racing I have ridden for others.  It’s been almost five years that I have only ridden for La Unión, because I particularly love to know their training methods and their philosophy.  I race their horses as if they are mine. Whenever I have time I train the horses in order to get to know them, unfortunately  it is not always easy for me as I am still studying at the University.

Where do you want to go from here and what is your goal, your objective?

I still have a long way to go so I will continue training to be a better rider. Next year I will, because of my age, become a senior rider so it will be a challenge in itself.
And it would be nice to rise to the challenge of becoming an elite rider which means that I have to finish nine more CEII3*160 km races.

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. Happy with her horse.What are your main motivations for doing sports?

Nowadays I only train for endurance so what motivates me is my passion for horses as well as my team! Moreover, the best of this sport are the friendships I have made.

What is your diet like?

I try to follow a balanced diet, which includes vegetables, meat, fish, and pasta.
It´s during the race that I particularly try to drink a lot of water as well as eating some fruits, nuts, and carbohydrates to keep my body strong enough to continue riding.

Race report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga.

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In Brief: Elisa Munoz (21) from Uruguay

Name: Elisa Munoz
Age: 21
From: Montevideo, Uruguay

When did Elisa Munoz start riding?

I have been riding since I can remember, I spent almost all my childhood holidays at my mother’s farm where I learned to ride.
It was in 2011 when I found out what endurance was, and I swore to myself that I was going to try it. In 2012 I completed the novice qualifications and in 2013 I started racing for La Union (Juma´s team) And since then, I have been racing with them!

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. At water point.Does riding run in the family?

I come from a family where almost aIl my cousins play polo and also breed polo horses, a sport which was played by my grandfather and uncles too. Furthermore my mother encouraged me and my sisters to ride and take lessons. That’s why riding has always been a natural part of my family.

Why horses for Elisa Munoz?

Horses have always been special for me. Maybe that is what drives me crazy for them! They give me something to achieve in each race or training session.
I have chosen endurance because it requires a connection between the rider and the horse which is fundamental to bring out the best of the horse as well as raise awareness of its welfare. For this reason, I think that commitment is essential to assure the results.

Notable achievements / palmares.

Generally, I ride young horses as part of their training process. This is why the achievements are important just for the team.
However, this is a great year for me as I have accomplished a lot.
In September I won with ER Fawser a CEI2*120 km Junior being the first time I won!
In October I rode my first CEI3* 160km race with ER Kesly finishing in sixth position out of 35 starter.

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. Full attack.Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I don’t ride my own horses. Since I started racing I have ridden for others.  It’s been almost five years that I have only ridden for La Unión, because I particularly love to know their training methods and their philosophy.  I race their horses as if they are mine. Whenever I have time I train the horses in order to get to know them, unfortunately  it is not always easy for me as I am still studying at the University.

Where do you want to go from here and what is your goal, your objective?

I still have a long way to go so I will continue training to be a better rider. Next year I will, because of my age, become a senior rider so it will be a challenge in itself.
And it would be nice to rise to the challenge of becoming an elite rider which means that I have to finish nine more CEII3*160 km races.

Endurance World Elisa Monoz. Happy with her horse.What are your main motivations for doing sports?

Nowadays I only train for endurance so what motivates me is my passion for horses as well as my team! Moreover, the best of this sport are the friendships I have made.

What is your diet like?

I try to follow a balanced diet, which includes vegetables, meat, fish, and pasta.
It´s during the race that I particularly try to drink a lot of water as well as eating some fruits, nuts, and carbohydrates to keep my body strong enough to continue riding.

Race report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga.

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