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ZABALA-GOETSCHEL Ronald
Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC Ecuador   
GenderMale
Born26 Sep 1966 in Quito, ECU
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Higher education Finance - Boston University : United States
General Interest
Injuries In November 2013 he required stitches after falling in the shower. The injury caused an occipital neuralgia and put pressure on his brain, resulting in pain and dizziness. He stayed in bed for nine days and then travelled to Peru to compete at the Bolivarian Games, but this made the situation worse. The movement of the horse shook his brain and caused multiple concussions. He also suffered temporary arrhythmia. He began riding again in March 2014 but found it was too painful and decided to take a full year away from the sport. (horseradionetwork.com, 16 Feb 2019; horsecollaborative.com, 14 Jul 2015; eventingnation.com, 11 Mar 2014)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? He has loved horses all his life. Growing up in a country where eventing is not a popular sport, he learned to ride and jump in the open. He used to ride on the family's small farm, where one day he saw a tree had fallen over. He began jumping over it and discovered he loved the feeling.
General Interest
Awards and honours He was named the 2008 United States Eventing Association [USEA] Adult Amateur Rider of the Year. (chronofhorse.com, 15 Jan 2010)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He got his first horse at age three in Ecuador.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Breeder, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
General Interest
Other information STABLES
In November 2018 he purchased a farm in Ocala, FL, United States of America. The facility has a galloping track and a cross-country course, as well as paddocks and dry stalls. (horsesport.com, 19 Apr 2022; Facebook page, 18 Nov 2019; horseradionetwork.com, 16 Feb 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Wise Horses Farm: Ocala, FL, USA
Further Personal Information
Languages English, Spanish
Last Update
  15 Mar 2022
General Interest
Other sports He was part of the Ecuador equestrian jumping team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Dec 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Wladimir Briones Dressage YouTube channel, 07 Jul 2020)
Milestones He became the first rider to represent Ecuador in eventing at the Olympic Games when he competed at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Dec 2014; eventingnation.com, 18 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Wladimir Briones Dressage YouTube channel, 07 Jul 2020)
Further Personal Information
Residence Ocala, FL, USA

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) WISE EQUESTRIAN MASTER ROSE 43  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 Pan-Am Games-CCI2* Guadalajara (MEX) MR WISEGUY EL 9
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 Bolivarian Games-CCI1* Lima (PER) MR WISEGUY 2 1
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) WISE EQUESTRIAN MASTER ROSE EL  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) MR WISEGUY 30  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
20.11.2013 to 30.11.2013 Bolivarian Games-CCI1* Lima (PER)   MR WISEGUY 2 1
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CCI1* Lexington KY (USA)   MR WISEGUY 13  
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CCI1* Lexington KY (USA)   WISE ESPARTACO 17  
15.08.2013 to 18.08.2013 CCI2* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   WISE EQUESTRIAN MASTER ROSE EL  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   WISE EQUESTRIAN MASTER ROSE EL  
04.04.2013 to 07.04.2013 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   WISE EQUESTRIAN MASTER ROSE 28  
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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