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Mollie Bailey

October 23, 2011

Phoenix Follows Through For Individual Gold

Oct. 23—Guadalajara, Mexico

Jessica Phoenix wrapped up a perfect Pan American Games performance this afternoon, riding a second fault-free show jumping round to earn individual eventing gold aboard Pavarotti. She’d already jumped clean once that day in the jumping round that determined the team medals. That performance helped Canada clinch team silver.

October 23, 2011

U.S. Earns Team Eventing Gold

Oct. 23—Guadalajara, Mexico

The U.S. eventing squad finished the team competition at the Pan American Games the same way they finished their first day of competition: without a single jumping penalty.

October 22, 2011

All U.S. Riders Double Clean On Cross-Country Day, Phoenix And Pavarotti Maintain Lead At Pan Am Games

Oct. 22—Guadalajara, Mexico

All five U.S. eventing riders had a banner cross-country day at the Pan American Games, without a single rider picking up a penalty. Jessica Phoenix had the same faultless result on Pavarotti, so she stayed on top of the leaderboard for Canada on her dressage score of 43.9.

October 21, 2011

Phoenix On Top After Dressage Day But U.S. Leads The Team Competition

Oct. 21—Guadalajara, Mexico

Jessica Phoenix topped the leaderboard after dressage at the Pan American Games. The Canadian rode a fluid test on Pavarotti to earn a mark of 43.9 midmorning, which none of the 48 other riders could catch.

October 20, 2011

All U.S. Horses Pass The First Horse Inspection

Oct. 20—Guadalajara, Mexico

Fifty-one horses were presented today at the first eventing horse inspection at the XVI Pan American Games. All U.S. horses—Michael Pollard's Schoensgreen Hanni, Shannon Lilley's Ballingowan Pizzaz, Buck Davidson's Absolute Liberty, Hannah Sue Burnett's Harbour Pilot and Lynn Symansky's Donner—passed without incident.

Six horses were held for reinspection:

October 19, 2011

U.S. Dressage Riders Sweep Medals At Pan American Games

Oct. 19—Guadalajara, Mexico

U.S. riders climbed onto all three steps of the podium after the individual dressage competition at the Pan American Games. Steffen Peters clinched gold with a strong freestyle on Weltino’s Magic, with Heather Blitz riding Paragon to silver and Marisa Festerling putting in the performance of her career to earn bronze on Big Tyme.

October 17, 2011

Peters Pushes Into The Lead In Pan Am Dressage

Oct. 17—Guadalajara, Mexico

October 16, 2011

U.S. Mines Gold In Guadalajara

Oct. 16—Guadalajara, Mexico­

When Steffen Peters watched teammate Heather Blitz nail her Prix St. Georges test on Paragon this afternoon, he declared the competition over.

“He said, ‘That’s it, that’s the winner,’ ” recalled U.S. Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons. “I said to myself, ‘I know he can ride. He’s such a mechanic.’ ”

October 8, 2011

Stars Go Blue Scores A Handy Win

Oct. 8—Upper Marlboro, Md.

If you ask trainer Leslie Emerson why Shawn Casady rides her charge Stars Go Blue so well, she can’t tell you.

“He rides so much through feel that I don’t even think he knows how he does it,” she said. “They are an incredible combination—nobody rides him like he does. They are made for each other.”

October 6, 2011

Invincible Scores A Big Win At Capital Challenge

Oct. 6—Upper Marlboro, Md.

Ellen Toon couldn’t have had a much better trip to Capital Challenge. She rode Invincible to a mark of 90 over fences, which earned today's EMO Trip of the Show award and helped boost them to the amateur-owner, 36 and over, reserve championship. And this afternoon she followed up with another big win: riding Invincible to the top of the WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge.

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