Spanish style – and horses – celebrated at special show

Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz and the spectacular Fuego XII, who was dubbed "The White Totilas" at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.
Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz and the spectacular Fuego XII, who was dubbed “The White Totilas” at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. © Kit Houghton/FEI

Spanish style will be on show at next month’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival, when two members of Spain’s London Olympic Dressage Team will be special guests at this year’s PRE-Show Party in Wellington, Florida.

This is the first visit to Wellington for Juan Manuel Munoz, celebrated rider of Fuego de Cardenas, the grey PRE (Pura Raza Española) stallion who thrilled spectators at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and who finished 10th overall at the London Olympics.

Juan Manuel’s teammate, Daniel Martin Dockx, rode PRE stallion Grandioso III of Hampton Green Farm for Spain in London, less than a year after they were named Grand Prix Champions of Spain.

Juan Manuel and Daniel will do a riding and teaching demonstration in the main arena at the AGDF showgrounds on February 13, followed by other performances of PRE Horses and Spanish traditions.

The PRE-Show Party is an annual Paella dinner and Spanish festival hosted by USPRE – the United States PRE Association – always held on the night before the start of competition at the CDI.

All participants and exhibitors of the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W are invited, and in keeping with prior years, the dinner and festival are free of charge.

Daniel Martin Dockx.
Daniel Martin Dockx. ©

There will be lots of Spanish flavor, rhythm and hospitality to celebrate the success of PRE horses around the world in all disciplines.

This year, the Flamenco students of New Horizons Elementary School will perform a traditional Spanish dance, led by instructor Maria Guimon, wife of former Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, both of whom now reside in Wellington.

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