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Otomi Grand Prix Horse Show continues through September 8

By Mary Murrell

A national level horse jumping show continues this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss an opportunity to see some of the best horses and riders in Mexico compete against each other for new Chryslers, cash prizes, trophies and rankings by the Federacion Ecuestre Mexicana. The show is hosted by Otomi, a luxury residential community and equestrian center located just a short distance from the center of San Miguel.

The Otomí Grand Prix 2013
Fri, Sep 6, 10am
Sat, Sep 7, 10am
Sun, Sep 8, 9am
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On Friday the show starts at 10am and continues through the day. Prizes for specific competitions range from 20,000 to 40,000 pesos. Saturday is an especially exciting day, starting at 9am with the Cementos Fortaleza Cup and cash prizes totaling 30,000 pesos. The Chrysler Cup begins at 1pm, with the winner getting a new car and contestants who place in the competition splitting 150,000 pesos.

Later on Saturday at 3pm the Big Bola/Caja Libertad Cup begins for a course known as Six Bars. Six fences are set up in a sequence with each new fence higher than the last. After each round when more than one competitor has had a clear run (no penalties) or there is a tie for the fewest faults, the fences are raised. There will be a total of 150,000 pesos in cash prizes and if a horse and rider break the Mexican national height record, the winner will get a new Chrysler. It’s a very challenging goal because to break the record the horse must clear a height of 2 meters!

Then on Sunday, a series of competitions sponsored by companies including Office Depot, Radio Formula, GBM, Ferrioni and Karcher start at 9am.

Local equestrians are very pleased to have a national horse show in San Miguel. Manuel Tejeda, who has won competitions and trained horses to jump in both the USA and Mexico, competed in the first Otomi jumping show in 2012. He described it as “Very well run and secure. People in 2012 talked about how nice San Miguel is and how they could ride in the show and then go into town for dinner, walk around and meet other riders.”

At his equestrian facility near Atotonilco, he works with horses he is training as well as those of his students who come to take lessons and work with him. Manuel and two of his students, Lisa and Jana Weingaarten, will compete in the show this weekend.


Eugenio Canales, who is another champion jumping competitor and trainer in San Miguel, hopes the Otomi show will help San Miguel regain the identity of being a “horse town”. He noted, “In the 1960s people came to San Miguel from all over to learn how to ride and train their horses.” A horse facility in Atascadero started by Dotty Vidargas and several other people attracted Eugenio’s father, Captain Santiago Canales, to San Miguel. Captain Canales had been in the cavalry of the Mexican army and knew jumping, cross-country and dressage. Soon he was teaching classes of students from other countries who came to San Miguel specifically to study riding. As Eugenio Canales pointed out, “San Miguel has the chance to be known once again as the best place to go in Mexico for horses and riding!”

Be sure to come out to see outstanding horses and riders compete, while enjoying the beauty of Otomi, the vistas of the mountains and Presa Allende. Entrance to the show is free and there will be food and drinks sold. Parking is available but due to the large number of people attending it is probably best to take a cab. For more information go to

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