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Lindsay Berreth

July 25, 2015

Ward And Rothchild Wrap Up Pan Ams With Individual Show Jumping Gold

Caledon, Ontario—July 25

Going into the jump-off for the individual gold medal, McLain Ward knew all he had to do was jump clear to win when Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez had a rail down with Darlon Van Groenhove.

But even with the pressure seemingly off, Ward still rode to his plan with Rothchild—quick until the third to last, a liverpool, then ease off.

That plan worked as he and the game chestnut gelding kept all the rails in the cups to win the gold, Ward’s first individual medal at a major championship.

July 22, 2015

Three Pan Am Show Jumpers You Might Not Know

Caledon, Ontario—July 24   

Every rider coming to the Pan American Games comes with a different goal--whether it's to win a medal, achieve a personal best score or just bring attention to horse sport in their country. 

While we loved cheering on the U.S. and Canadian teams as they battled it our for the top medals, we equally enjoyed talking with riders from smaller countries who each came to the Pan Ams with an interesting tale to tell. Here are some of their stories!

Emily Kinch (Barbados)

July 22, 2015

Ask 5: What's Your Plan Before The Bell Rings?

Riders at the Pan American Games have 45 seconds to trot around the outside of the ring once the judge rings the bell and we wanted to know how they prepared their horses to enter at A. 

Check out answers from five of the top U.S. and Canadian riders.

Photo by Lisa Slade.

Laura Graves and Verdades

July 19, 2015

U.S. Sweeps Pan American Games Eventing Gold

Caledon, Ontario—July 19

A medal at the Pan American Games was important this weekend for the United States, not only for Olympic qualification, but for team morale after a tough finish at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games (France).

With Brazil hot on their heels after three clear show jumping rounds today, the team delivered, taking home the gold on a score of 133.0. Brazil earned silver on 140.7, while Canada took home bronze on 163.0.

July 17, 2015

U.S. Leads By A Fraction After Eventing Dressage At Pan Ams

Caledon, Ontario—July 17

 The U.S. Eventing Team came to the Pan American Games with one goal—to win. While they don’t need to win to gain Olympic qualification (third place behind Canada and Brazil who are already qualified will suffice), that hasn’t changed their mindsets.

“We have a job either way,” said Lauren Kieffer. “It doesn’t make a difference what we’re trying to get done. We came here on a mission, and Olympic qualification is part, but we would come on the same mission if we were already qualified.”

July 16, 2015

Pan Am Cross-Country Course Walk and Insights

Caledon, Ontario - July 16   

The cross-country course at the Pan American Games officially opened today and we took a walk with former Canadian Chef D’Equipe Graeme Thom to learn about some of the key combinations. Along the way, we also stopped to chat with course builder Eric Bull, who’s created some absolutely beautiful fences that will leave a legacy for Will O’Wind Farm, or the Pan Am Cross-Country Centre as it’s known for the duration of the Games.

July 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bruce Davidson Battled Bridle Grabbers, Marching Bands And Language Barriers At The 1975 Pan Am Games

In his Oct. 31, 1975 editorial, then Chronicle editor Alexander Mackay-Smith relived the tale of cross-country day at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, a day that he called “the most bizarre in the history of international Three Day competition. All the following occurrences, impossible as they may seem, were related by the riders involved and were heard by the writer of this article.”

It had been 20 years since the Pan American Games were held in Mexico, and for the first time, the Mexican Army took over running the equestrian events.

July 15, 2015

What You Need To Know About The Pan American Games Eventing

When? The first horse inspection is on Thursday, July 16 and dressage will be held July 17. Cross-country follows on July 18 and the final horse inspection and show jumping will be on July 19. Team and individual medals will be awarded following show jumping.

July 14, 2015

Three Dressage Riders You Might Not Know At The Pan Ams

Caledon, Ontario—July 14   

Every rider coming to the Pan American Games comes with a different goal--whether it's to win a medal, achieve a personal best score or just bring attention to horse sport in their country. 

While we loved cheering on the U.S. and Canadian teams as they battled it our for the top medals, we equally enjoyed talking with riders from smaller countries who each came to the Pan Ams with an interesting tale to tell. Here are some of their stories!

Irina Moleiro De Muro and Von Primaire (Venezuela)

July 10, 2015

UPDATED: Alternate Stuart Black Withdraws From Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team

Stuart Black, the Canadian Eventing Team traveling alternate, was arrested earlier this week in Mono, Ontario, and has subsequently withdrawn himself and his horse, Tre' Du Kernat, from the team.

CaledonEnterprise.com reports that Black was charged with assault and quotes Black as saying he stepped down for “medical reasons.”

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