PANAMERICAN GAMES 2015
A Few days ago, Daniel Bluman and his mare Conconcreto Sancha La Silla, took part to the 2015 edition of the PanAmerican Games in Toronto, representing Team Colombia. Daniel landed in 11th individual place, qualifying directly for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2016, while team Colombia ranked 5th, after USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil. It was the first time that Colombia did so well in continental games.
“Sancha gave me everything she could. She qualified us for Rio 2016, just like she qualified us in 2011 for the Olympics in London. She is magic!” said Daniel. With the help of Bluman Equestrian Team, Daniel and Sancha started competition very successfully with clear rounds. Unfortunately, some bad luck prevented Colombia from stepping on the podium. Daniel explained that the Games were amazing: “The organizers did a fantastic job as it was a very beautiful event with impressive facilities. The Course Designer did an excellent job”.
For the first time, the format of the competition was different in 2015: instead of keeping your penalties points for the final, this year, on final day, all slates were wiped clean and athletes started with a clean score. This new format favoured the performance on the final rather than the regularity during the week. Daniel Bluman and fellow countryman Fernando Cardenas were tied in 11th individual position and managed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It will be the second participation for 26 years old young Colombian rider!