Mark Watring (born May 2, 1963), is a Puerto Rican equestrian who in 2003, won a Gold Medal in the Pan American Games.
Watring was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, where he was raised. Watring's father was a soldier stationed in the military base of Aguadilla. It was there that his father and mother met and were later married. He learned at a young age how to ride horses and did not know that someday he would represent Puerto Rico in the Olympics.
In 1984, Watring qualified and participated at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California in the Showjumping. In 2001, Watring was named the American Grand Prix Association's (AGA) "Rookie of the Year". On May 27, 2002 Watring won the $35,000 Lexus of Glendale Memorial Grand Prix prize money, at the Memorial Day Classic Horse Show aboard his horse "Sapphire". Watring bested a field of 25 starters with a double clear rounds and the fastest time in the jump off of 41.176 seconds. This win moved Watring and his mount "Sapphire", into fourth place standing for "AGA Rider" and "Horse of the Year".
2004 Olympic Games
On August 16, 2003 Watring represented the United States in the Pan American Games celebrated in the Dominican Republic. The United States won the Gold Medal with a final total of 13.66 penalties compared to the 21.87 posted by Mexico. When presented the Gold Medal, Watring unfurled and waved the Puerto Rican Flag. This win secured a berth in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
On February 15, 2004, Watring and his mount "Sapphire" came in third place in the Bayer/USET Grand Prix, Indio Desert circuit III. He won $9,700 in prize money. Watring participated and represented Puerto Rico in the showjumping event in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Watring currently rides and trains in Southern California where he also teaches both children and adults. His wife Jenny is the captain of the Foxfield Drill team. The team rides without bridles or saddles. The Drill Team did an exhibition in the 1984 Olympic Games and continues to do exhibitions all over the country, including in Madison Square Garden. In 2008, Watring announced that he planned in cloning his horse "Sapphire". If his venture to clone Sapphire is successful, it will be the first cloned show jumper born in the United States. "
Total Money Won:
- 2004 AGA Series $1,050
- 2004 Adjusted AGA Serties $4,400
- 2002/2003 AGA Season $19,620
- 2001/2002 AGA Tour $13,000
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