Nicola Philippaerts’ Cortez sold to Mexico….


After acquiring the 12 year old French-bred Pebbles by Le Tot de Semilly from Belgium’s Cartherine van Roosbroeck, young Mexican rider Mariel Victoria Aguirre has acquired the 13 year old Belgian-bred gelding Cortez by Quick Star. The beautiful bay, who evolved under the talented Nicola Philippaerts from the summer of 2012, will now fly the flag for Mexico. 22 year old Aquirre, who was a regular on the Global Champions Tour CSI2* circuit this past season, has started an internship with Belgium’s notable Ludo Philippaerts.

Philippaerts and Cortez finished second in the Estoril Prova Mercedes Benz at the Global Champions Tour event in Estoril, Portugal this summer as well as a second place to Canada’s Eric Lamaze at the Spruce Meadows Masters $50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup in September. Philippaerts and Cortez won the Grand Prix of Lummen CSIO4* in 2013.