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.
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.
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.
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.
John French found the perfect way to bid farewell to his top hunter: riding him to the top of their second consecutive WCHR Professional Rider Challenge at Capital Challenge.
French tacked up his partner of three years, Small Affair, to jump to the top of both rounds of tonight’s class, with Scott Stewart claiming second on Declaration and Patricia Griffith riding to third aboard Parkland.
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has re-opened applications for USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the 2012-2013 season. Applications to host classes between June 2, 2012 and June 1, 2013 are now due Nov. 1 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The USHJA has also removed the limit on the number of competitions allowed to host qualifying competitions.
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced new specifications for the fourth USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The 2012 Finals will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in conjunction with the Bluegrass Festival.