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Freddie Vazquez and Zippo Z

Freddie Vazquez and Zippo Z at WEF 2015

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Messenger Hill Farmís Freddie Vazquez to Represent Puerto Rico in the 2015 Pan American Games

Written by: Aemilia Phillips
Client: Messenger Hill Farm
Release Date: 2015-06-17

Wellington, FL – June 17, 2015 – Freddie Vazquez will represent his native Puerto Rico in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada aboard Messenger Hill Farm’s Zippo Z. Vazquez began riding in Puerto Rico at age 9, before moving to the United States when he was 15.

The Games begin July 10 and feature over 45 different sports. The individual jumping qualifiers kick off July 21, with the team competition July 23. Vazquez will be competing for Puerto Rico in both aspects of the show jumping competition.

“To compete at this level is a dream come true,” Vazquez said. “Zippo has all the scope in the world, and he's incredibly adjustable. He can leave two strides out. He's super rideable. He’s a tremendous horse and I’m very fortunate to have him.”

Vazquez and Messenger the Zangersheide stallion Zippo Z had recent success at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL this past March. The pair earned fifth place in the $127,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* during Saturday Night Lights, WEF’s weekly feature event.

And aboard Messenger Hill Farm’s Bachelor 4, Vazquez took second place out of a field of 126 top internationally ranked horse and rider combinations in the popular 1.40m WEF Challenge, Sponsored by Spy Coast Farm in March. The pair recently earned another second place in the $10,000 Champion Shavings Grand Prix at the Caledon Equestrian Center in Palgrave, Ontario.

Vazquez and Zippo Z represented Puerto Rico at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games last fall in Veracruz, Mexico and he served as chef d’equipe for Puerto Rico in show jumping at the Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm for young, junior and child riders at WEF in March.

The ever-humble Vazquez credits the support of his wife, Jodi, extended family and top-notch care from staff, grooms, vets and farriers. He also is quick to thank Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Kappler for his help and friendship.

About Messenger Hill Farm

Located in Mettawa, Illinois, just north of Chicago, Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper facility owned by head trainers Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Offering training, lessons, showing and sales, every detail of the facility and the care of the horses is well-thought-out. The farm features all-weather turnout, heated barn and attached indoor arena, 200'x 285' outdoor arena, five-acre grass jump field, excellent footing, treadmill, tack room with lockers and a lounge.

For experienced riders, Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels - local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Spring and Summer Horse Shows, the Colorado Horse Park's Summer in the Rockies, Tryon, the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, Lamplight, Ledges and more. For those just getting started in the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses to help riders achieve their goals.

Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call (847) 573-1100.

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