18 de junio de 2019
Hispanic World

Mexican rider may compete for Spain given lack of support from home

Tryon, North Carolina, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Daniela Moguel, the first rider to represent Mexico in the history of the World Equestrian Games, said here in an interview with EFE that she is considering competing for Spain in the future because of the lack of support from her homeland.

Tryon, North Carolina, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Daniela Moguel, the first rider to represent Mexico in the history of the World Equestrian Games, said here in an interview with EFE that she is considering competing for Spain in the future because of the lack of support from her homeland.

The rider, who also has Spanish nationality via her maternal grandparents, explained that she had already made contact with Pedro Rey, the technical director of the Spanish Federation, and that he told her he was open to the possibility of her joining the team.

Before making that leap, the 36-year-old Moguel wants to give herself a chance to get the necessary support from Mexico.

"I think that if that person from Mexico doesn't show up I will have to follow in my grandparents' footsteps, since at the end of the day it's from them that I get my love of horses and ... riding for Spain would perhaps close the circle," she said after participating in the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

Although the Spanish team is not at the level of the biggest teams at the event either, Moguel says that it's certain that it has a team that is already assembled, a structure that would allow her to be several "steps ahead" of her current situation.

She acknowledged that if she decides to make the shift the decision would sting her country a bit and would be a "loss" for the Mexican federation, which is being kept apprised of her talks with the Spanish.

"What's been achieved by Mexico in Tryon is really big and losing that for lack of support would be very clumsy on the part of the institutions," said Moguel, the first civilian rider to be part of her country's national equestrian team, a landmark she reached in the 2015 Panamerican Games in Toronto.

In that sense, she said that in Mexico the military riders have been supported but "never the civilians."

"Getting here ... has been with our own resources. Nobody has really helped us, not CONADE (the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission) or the Olympic Committee or the federation. They always say that there's no money," she said.

Moguel said that in Mexico there are "lots of people" who lack "the support needed to do such an expensive sport," so she's asking that a way be found for wealthy people to become sponsors.

Fortunately, in her case, she found a group of people who have been helping her financially quite a lot, paying for her training and the maintenance of her horse.

"The whole thing's been an adventure," said Moguel, who moved this summer to North Carolina because of her numerous commitments in the US and because she found "more support" in that country.

"It's not because I want to, but out of necessity that we decided to come here," she said.

At the Tryon competition, Moguel and her horse Cecilia came in 44th out of 82 riders, with a total of 57.9 points, a result that she calls a "great achievement," taking the circumstances into account.

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