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Canadian Hanoverian Sire “Viva Voltaire” has 2 successful offspring at the 2011 Pan Am Games

 

Viva Voltaire photo by Michelle C. Dunn

Viva Voltaire photo by Michelle C. Dunn

Tom Dvorak rides Viva's Salieri to Team Siver Medal in Dressage

Tom Dvorak rides Viva's Salieri to Team Siver Medal in Dressage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the recent Pan Am Games, Canada boasted two offspring of Charlot Farms’ Hanoverian stallion “Viva Voltaire” (by Voltaire / Grannus).   Tom Dvorak rode the homebred stallion Viva’s Salieri to Team Silver and Individual 4th place standings in Dressage; while Canadian resident Esther Mortimer rode Viva’s Veroveraar  to the highest score for Guatemala in the Dressage  Competition.

Regarding the Dressage competition, Dvorak, 46, was the second last rider in the arena, competing immediately after the eventual silver medalist, Heather Blitz of the United States on Paragon, and the gold medalist Steffen Peters, also of the United States, on Weltino’s Magic.  Dvorak rode Viva’s Salieri, the 10-year-old Canadian-bred Hannoverian stallion, to a dynamic Spanish guitar themed program that included four canter pirouettes and tempi changes on curved lines for added difficulty.  An impressive score of 77.300% placed Dvorak fourth in the Freestyle.

Combined with his fourth place result of 73.079% in the Intermediaire I, Dvorak finished fourth overall with an average score of 75.190%.  Even more impressive, Viva’s Salieri is a Canadian-bred horse, having been bred by owners Augustin and Christine Walch of  W. Charlot Farms in Stratford, ON.

“I fought as hard as I could and I didn’t leave anything behind,” said Dvorak when the results were announced, with American Marisa Festerling riding Big Tyme edging out Dvorak for the individual bronze medal….  “We gave it our best, and it was a personal best score for us in the Freestyle.”

 

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