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Mauricio Garcia and AF Karatino

Mauricio Garcia and AF Karatino

Mauricio grew up in Colombia riding at the Gamboa equestrian Center. He was a Children’s Champion and rode on the Junior Division. There was a brief interlude in his riding career in which he realized that riding was his passion. When Mauricio was 18 years old he started again riding but now working for the Gamboa Equestrian Center. After working for the Gamboa’s for 2 years he was offered a job at an Equestrian Center in The Dominican Republic. In the 4 years that he worked there he became a two time Adult Champion in the 1.30-1.40 m division. Later he was offered a teaching and managing position in Puerto Rico, he took it. He applied and was granted Puerto-Rican citizenship. He also qualified for the Puerto Rican Team and showed in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006, one of the three steps of the Olympic Cycle for this country.
-Mauricio qualified for the FEI World Jumping Challenge Finals in Germany.
-He showed throughout Europe, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico CSI*** 3 representing Puerto Rico.
-Mauricio is a well respected FEI Course Designer.
-He has designed or assisted world renowned Course Designers at shows such as: Spruce Meadows, The Washington International, Bromont, USEF World Equestrian Games Trials, Pan American Games, Ocala Show Jumping Classic and numerous Central and South American Horse Show venues.

Sharleen riding Lula.

Sharleen riding Lula.

Sharleen started riding at age 3 in Southern Florida and has not stopped since.  She showed Arabians in Scottsdale, Arizona for ten years, some of which were awarded with USEF Horse of the Year Awards under her tutelage. She also rode and trained 3 Day Eventers. She was a vet-tech for 16 years which added to her knowledge of horses. Sharleen thouroughly enjoys teaching and watching her students excel.  She and Mauricio recently took several students to Guatemala International Horse Show where her students exceeded expectations.  When asked what the students enjoyed the most, Sharleen replied “I think the exchange of culture is the most important accomplishment.  Meeting people from other countries and sharing their way of living are things we don’t experience everyday.”  Representing their country in an International arena is a rare opportunity.   They have also taken students to Germany for two week riding clinics.

 

 

 

 

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