All 32 horses passed the Pan American Games final horse inspection on a sweltering morning here at the Caledon Equestrian Park here in Palgrave, Ontario, which will send eight teams and six individual riders on to show jumping. Just one horse, Luciano Claudio Brunello’s mount Erevan, was asked to jog twice.
Pancho Villa, the final horse to jog, wanted nothing to do with the crowds of spectators lining both sides of the jog strip, and Boyd Martin had to give him a lot of coaxing to convince him to venture down the lane. Eventually the crowd started clucking, and Pancho finally went on his way.
This was a very vocal crowd — the most boisterous crowd I’ve ever seen at a horse inspection. As expected after yesterday’s fanfare on the cross country course, the Canadian fans were extremely excited to see their riders present their horses. They all started clapping and cheering as each Canadian horse jogged back down the strip.
All the horses looked to be in good form after tackling Wayne Copping’s track yesterday. The footing proved to be perfect going for the horses thanks to Geoff and Ann Morgan’s dedication to the grounds at Will O’ Wind Farm. Thank you, Geoff and Ann, for your hard work!
Show jumping is set to start in about an hour and a half. Click here to see the start list. Temperatures are expected to climb well into the 90s, and thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon. Keep checking back to this post for more photos from the horse inspection, and stay turned for much more from the #PanAmGames.