After first horse inspection, one horse not accepted at 2015 Pan Am Games

Jess and Pavarotti, defending Pan Am individual gold champions, ready for the jog. All class!! Photo courtesy of Phoenix Equestrian Facebook.

Colombia’s Mauricio Bermudez’s journey to the Pan Ams ended when his horse Pepper Shot, a 10-year-old, Colombiano de Deporte, gelding was not accepted in the first horse inspection. As disappointing as this is, Colombia still has a team of four, fit and ready to compete.

Two other horses were sent to the holding box but made it through.

  • When Rodrigo Martin Abella Lemme’s horse  SVR Arbitro, a 10-year-old gelding was sent to the holding box, the entire Uruguay team was in jeopardy as they only have three riders. Thankfully, there was not an issue and the horse was accepted.
  • Canada’s Colleen Loach also suffered some tense moments when her mount Qorry Blue D’Argouges the 11-year-old Selle Français gelding owned by Peter Barry was sent to the holding box. All ended well and he was accepted.

All of the other horses were accepted.

A total of 43 horse-and-rider combinations from 13 countries will compete, with 11 nations fielding teams. Canada will not be amongst those chasing the single available qualifying spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as Canada already made the cut at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France last summer along with Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and The Netherlands.

 

Canada's Kathryn Robinson's mount Let It Bee, all ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Kathryn's Facebook.

Canada’s Kathryn Robinson’s mount Let It Bee, all ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Kathryn’s Facebook.

 

The Brazilian side of Marcio Carvalho Jorge, Carlos Paro, Henrique Plombo Pinheiro and Ruy Fonseca won’t be under Olympic qualification pressure either as Brazil is automatically qualified as host nation. However they will undoubtedly want to test their strength against the remaining teams from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

Hot damn, the Brazil team is ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Ruy Fonseca Facebook page

Hot damn, the Brazil team is ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Ruy Fonseca Facebook

 

The Eventing action will take place over the track designed by Australia’s Wayne Copping which crosses nearby Will O’ Wind Farm, re-named Pan-Am Cross-Country Centre at Games time. And there is no overlooking the strength of the American squad who will be targeting that single Olympic entry opportunity. Philip Dutton flew the Australian flag at three Olympic Games and four FEI World Championships before acquiring US citizenship in 2008, and the 51-year-old has enjoyed a great 2015 season so far, including a fifth-place finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA), the third leg of the FEI Classics™ staged in April, with the 10-year-old Irish gelding Fernhill Fugitive which he brings to Toronto.

He is joined by, 35-year-old Boyd Martin who also hails from Australia but transferred to US colours in 2009. Boyd was the highest-placed American at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy when finishing eighth, and brings the 12-year-old French-bred Pancho Villa to the Pan-Americans. Lauren Kieffer (Meadowbrook’s Scarlett) and Marilyn Little (RF Scandalous) round up the US selection.

Canada’s Colleen Loach (Qorry Blue d’Argouges), Jessica Phoenix (Pavarotti), Waylon Roberts (Bill Owen) and Kathryn Robinson (Let it Bee) will, however, be intending to stand on the top step of the podium next Sunday afternoon. Jessica will be chasing a back-to-back individual title. The Americans scooped team gold at the last Pan-Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico four years ago when, sensationally, all four riders completed on their Dressage scores.

But the USA had to settle for silver and bronze in the battle for the individual title as Jessica stood firm to capitalise on the advantage she established with Pavarotti in the Dressage phase. Go Canada!!!

Team Canada on the course walk. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Equestrian Facebook.

Team Canada on the course walk. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Equestrian Facebook.

Ruy Fonseca riding for Brazil and Clayton Fredericks Canadian team coach hanging out and ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Ruy Fonseca Facebook page

Ruy Fonseca rides for Brazil and Clayton Fredericks is the Canadian team coach. They are hanging out and ready for the jog. Photo courtesy of Ruy Fonseca Facebook.

Eventing Dressage takes place on Friday 17, cross-country on Saturday 18 and the final Jumping phase on Sunday 19 July.

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