Wellington, FL (February 17, 2012) – With seven championship medals to her name, including the Individual Bronze Medals from the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games, Yvonne Losos de Muñiz and her equine partner Liebling II danced their way to victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Thanks to a beautiful musical performance, Losos de Muñiz and Liebling not only won the class but also won the Rock Star Award from Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
Losos de Muñiz, who rides for the Dominican Republic, was thrilled to ride away with the blue ribbon and the Rock Star Freestyle Award. “Our freestyle was a lot smoother and more forward than usual. We have a few glitches to iron out, but it’s coming along nicely and I was pleased with how it all went,” she said.
Losos de Muñiz has a lengthy and award-winning resume, including winning double Individual Gold medals and a Team Bronze at the 2002 Central American Games in El Salvador. The talented rider added two Silver medals to her collection at the 2010 Central American Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. In 2010, Losos de Muñiz also qualified for the World Equestrian Games with her Austrian Warmblood gelding Optimus Prime.
Although she was born in Nigeria, West Africa, Losos de Muñiz moved to the Dominican Republic in 1990 and, along with her husband Eduardo, has played a key role in the development of dressage in the Dominican Republic. “We are honored to present Yvonne with the Rock Star Freestyle Award. Yvonne is a very talented and inspiring international Grand Prix dressage rider and certainly a rock star in our book,” said Sara Cunningham, of Cunningham & Cunningham, a livestock insurance company located in Harriman, New York.
Sponsored by Cunningham & Cunningham, the Rock Star Award highlights horse and rider combinations that excel in the Musical Freestyle classes. The winners are determined by the pair’s music selection, choreography and overall presentation. “We presented Yvonne with a beautiful embroidered cooler from Cunningham & Cunningham and a ribbon and of course the title ‘Rock Star!’ said Sara Cunningham. “We know if takes a great amount of time, talent, effort and artistry to develop and perform a great freestyle. Our company has supported riders and their horses for over three decades and we love having the opportunity to give back to them by sponsoring this award.”
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc. offers bloodstock, care, custody and control, equine farm and ranch, horse owners’ liability, horse show liability, mortality, private horse owner’s liability, prospective foal insurance, race horse liability, riding clubs liability, stable liability or commercial equine liability insurance and umbrella policies. “There are many good reasons to insure your horses, but one of the main ones is because they are an investment,” Cunningham said. “Farms, riding schools, boarding facilities and training facilities need to be protected, just like any other business. Our rates are competitively priced and by insuring your horse or business, you can have peace of mind.”
For more information about Cunningham and Cunningham Livestock, visit their website at www.cunninghamlivestock.com.