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In brief: Maria Pereira

Meet Maria Pereira from Uruguay in this edition of ‘In brief’.

Where are you from?

I grew up in “El Pinar” until I was 17 years old, and then we moved to Montevideo, Uruguay.

How old are you?

I am 20 years old.

When did you start riding?

I’ve been riding since I can remember. Dad had horses at home and we went to ride together, also at my grandfather’s farm I did jumping for six years until in 2009 when I went to see the Pan American of Costa Azul (Uruguay) and convinced myself that I wanted to try endurance.
So, it is in the family. My grandfather has been on horseback all his life and now he enjoys that I am passionate about horses. In 2000 dad began doing endurance in Uruguay and he is the one who has always supported and encouraged me.

Why horses and why endurance?

Horses because they are noble animals and endurance because you got to know the horses better, after training hours and hours, and at the end of every race each one teaches you something new.

What are your notable achievements or highlights?

Junior World Endurance Championship 2011, the first time I was part of the national team.
Pan American Championship 2012, second place individual, winner by team.
Endurance World Championship in Tarbes, France 2013. 14th place.
Pan American Championship, Flores 2013. winner individual, by team and best condition.
My last races with Sharif Bin Sharan, he won his first 80km, a month later was second and won best condition award. And was the winner of the last race in 120km.

Do you own your own horses or do you ride for others?

No, since I started in the endurance I run other people’s horses. I rode for many owners and I am grateful to them for entrusting me their horses

Do you train the horses?

I train whenever I can if possible, I get to know the horse I’m going to ride and train him. But it is complicated living in Montevideo and even more now with my studies at university.


FEI Profile: Maria Pereira
Instagram: @pititapereira

Photo credit: @pioendurance
Text provided by Lucia Olascoaga

 

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In brief: Maria Pereira

Meet Maria Pereira from Uruguay in this edition of ‘In brief’.

Where are you from?

I grew up in “El Pinar” until I was 17 years old, and then we moved to Montevideo, Uruguay.

How old are you?

I am 20 years old.

When did you start riding?

I’ve been riding since I can remember. Dad had horses at home and we went to ride together, also at my grandfather’s farm I did jumping for six years until in 2009 when I went to see the Pan American of Costa Azul (Uruguay) and convinced myself that I wanted to try endurance.
So, it is in the family. My grandfather has been on horseback all his life and now he enjoys that I am passionate about horses. In 2000 dad began doing endurance in Uruguay and he is the one who has always supported and encouraged me.

Why horses and why endurance?

Horses because they are noble animals and endurance because you got to know the horses better, after training hours and hours, and at the end of every race each one teaches you something new.

What are your notable achievements or highlights?

Junior World Endurance Championship 2011, the first time I was part of the national team.
Pan American Championship 2012, second place individual, winner by team.
Endurance World Championship in Tarbes, France 2013. 14th place.
Pan American Championship, Flores 2013. winner individual, by team and best condition.
My last races with Sharif Bin Sharan, he won his first 80km, a month later was second and won best condition award. And was the winner of the last race in 120km.

Do you own your own horses or do you ride for others?

No, since I started in the endurance I run other people’s horses. I rode for many owners and I am grateful to them for entrusting me their horses

Do you train the horses?

I train whenever I can if possible, I get to know the horse I’m going to ride and train him. But it is complicated living in Montevideo and even more now with my studies at university.


FEI Profile: Maria Pereira
Instagram: @pititapereira

Photo credit: @pioendurance
Text provided by Lucia Olascoaga

 

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