Hello from the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park here in Palgrave, Ontario! It’s dressage day at the 2015 Pan American Games, and I’ll be bringing you live updates all day in this open thread. Scroll down to see what’s been going down.
The ground jury is Wayne Quarles at H, Christian Landolt at C, and Annabel Scrimgeour at B. The riders are performing the new FEI 2015 2* Test B.
Keep refreshing and checking back for photos and behind-the-scenes info from the #PanAmGames. Go Eventing!
U.S. ride times:
9:52 a.m.: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive
11:42 a.m.: Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett
2:30 p.m.: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
3:55 p.m.: Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa
Canadian rider times:
9:22 a.m.: Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen
10:47 a.m.: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges
1:35 p.m.: Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee
3:17 p.m.: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti
Dressage live updates:
4:10: Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa’s score of 44.3 has been confirmed! The team standings after dressage are: 1st USA 133.0, 2nd Canada 133.7, 3rd Brazil 136.7. Stay tuned for the full report.
4:06: Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa score 44.3 to move into fifth place. If that score is confirmed, it will put the U.S. into the team lead over Canada by just .7 penalty points!
3:58: Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa are in the ring now! Canada leads the team competition on 133 and Brazil sits in second on 136.7, but Boyd has the power to send the U.S. shooting up the team leaderboard. No pressure, Boyd! Team USA is currently on a team score of 137.1.
3:52: Ronald and Master Boy score 52.8 to sit just outside the top 10 in 11th place. Marcelo Javier Rawson and Larthago are in the ring now, and we’re just minutes away from Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa’s test.
3:44: Ronald Zabala Goetschel and Master Boy are in the ring now for Ecuador, which has a three-man team here at the Pan Ams. We’re two away from Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa, the final combination for Team USA.
3:35: Brazil, Canada and the U.S. all have three riders in the top 10. All riders have gone for Canada and Brazil, and the U.S. has the opportunity to get all four riders into the top 10 with Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa still to come as the final combination of the day.
3:32: Jessica Phoenix on recovering from her injury at Jersey Fresh in time to compete at the Pan Ams: “I wouldn’t be here without the help of my family and friends,” especially her bestie Lisa Barry! Check back to EN later today for more comments from Jessie.
3:29: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti score 42.0 to move into fourth place! #camericanpride
3:25: Massive cheers for Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti as they finish their test. We’re waiting on the score now. Poor Jorge Marcio Carvalho and Lissy Mac Wayer have to follow all that commotion!
3:18: Defending individual gold medalists Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti are next in the ring for Team Canada. The chinchillas are shivering
because it’s cold in anticipation of what should be a very nice test!
3:09: We’re back underway with the final group in dressage. Francisco Calvelo and Noir de la Muralla are about to enter the ring now. He is the youngest rider in the competition at 18 years old.
3:07: Go Chile! Carlos Lobos and Ranco scored 45.3 as the final pair to go in the last group to move into fourth place in the individual standings. Does anyone know who coaches the Chilean team? Leave a comment if you do!
3:05: In case you all were curious: Yes, it’s still raining. Yes, it’s still cold. Yes, the journalists are considering dismantling a desk in the press stand and burning it as firewood.
3:01: We’re under the final break of the day now. Defending individual gold medalists Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti will be second out for Canada, and Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa will be the final combination of the day for Team USA.
2:59: Guatemala is making a strong statement here at the Pan Ams. Sarka Kolackova and Sir Royal scored 52.9 to move into eighth place in the individual standings. The Guatemalan team now has two riders in the top 10.
2:57: That’s a whole lot of ‘Murica at the top of the leaderboard:
2:52: Team USA now leads the team competition on 137.1. USA! USA! USA!
2:47: To drive home just how influential the atmosphere is proving to be here at the Pan American Games, Marilyn Little said after her test that you can feel the base thumping out there! More comments from Marilyn coming soon.
2:40: Poor Juan Francisco Gallo said after his test that dressage is usually Remonta Nunhil’s best phase, but the horse was totally overwhelmed by the big grandstands and atmosphere. Many of these competitors and horses have never seen anything like this.
2:38: A score of 40.3 for Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous to move into third place and put Team USA back on top of the team standings!
2:37: A relaxed, flowing, mistake-free test for Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous — that should be a very good score and has the chance to put the U.S. in the team standings over Brazil. We’re waiting on the score now.
2:30: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are entering the ring now.
2:23: Juan Francisco Gallo’s mount Remonta Nunhil took off down the centerline to make for an exciting start to his test! They’re in the ring now for Argentina. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are in next as the third combination out for Team USA.
2:21: As a reminder, the team that bests all the unqualified teams will receive a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Canada qualified at last year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy after France was disqualified, and Brazil is automatically qualified as the host nation. The U.S. can qualify for Rio by winning OR by finishing second or third, but only if it’s to Brazil and Canada.
2:19: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are next in for Team USA in a few minutes. The pressure is on, as both the Brazilian and American teams currently have two riders in the top five.
2:13: Guillermo de Campo and Quelite scored 59.3 for Mexico, which puts them just outside the top 10 in 11th place. They had to do their test during a steady rain, which is never easy, and they gave a classy performance. Viva Mexico!
2: Mark Todd looks over the moon with three of his Brazilian riders in the top 10 as we head into the final two groups. Brazil currently leads the team competition. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous are next out for Team USA in about 20 minutes.
1:52: And Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too score 38.9 to take the lead! Brazil is crushing it!
1:49: The score for the previous rider is flashing up on the leaderboard during each test, and Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too had the misfortune of starting their test just as Kathryn and Let It Bee’s leading score appeared. The crowd started cheering, but Ruy held it together!
1:44: Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee score 39.8 to sail into the lead! Go Canada!
1:42: Nailed it! The crowd gives a big cheer for Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee at their final salute and then roars as the horse shows off his gorgeous trot on the way out of the stadium. Should be a very good score for Team Canada!
1:34: Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee are coming in the ring now to cheers from the crowd. It’s definitely a trying atmosphere as the Canadian crowd is cheering for their riders!
1:33: Carlos Villarroel just finished his test with SVR Arbitro to a loud cheer of “CARLOOOOOS!” from his fellow Uruguayan teammates. This sweet little chestnut gelding tried so hard!
1:26: Stefanie Brand and Claudius score 53.0 to move into fifth place, and then also moves the Guatemalan team into the lead in the team competition, as they have now had three riders complete their tests.
1:18: An emotional Stefanie Brand gives Claudius a big hug after their final salute for Guatemala. It’s a bummer there isn’t a live stream so you all can see these touching moments!
1:06: We’re back underway! Anne Brieke and Picaron are the first pair out after the lunch break, representing Colombia. Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee will be the third rider out for Canada in this group. Click here for the order of go.
12:51: We finally have penalty marks on the live scores! We’ll be back underway in about 10 minutes.
12:05: We’re on a one-hour lunch break now. Here are the top seven at the lunch break:
1. Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline (BRA), 45.6
2. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive (USA), 48.4
2. Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett (USA), 48.4
4. Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges (CAN), 51.8
5. Jose Luis Ortelli Jr. and Jos Cassius (ARG), 54.3
6. Henrique Plambon and Land Quenotte (BRA), 55.4
7. Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy (PUR), 56.3
12:02: Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy score 56.3 as individuals for Puerto Rico (the sole combination representing the country!) to move into seventh place in the standings at the halfway point of dressage.
11:57: A score of 48.4 for Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to sit in equal second place with Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Lauren said after the test that she hoped it would score better, especially based on the quality of the trot work, but she is happy overall. Stay tuned for her comments.
11:47: A small bobble in the counter canter serpentine for Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett when the mare swapped leads, but they recovered well (and the counter canter to the right was lovely!). We’re waiting on the score now.
11:45: Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett are looking very poised in the ring. A fluid, relaxed test so far.
11:41: Lauren Kieffer and Scarlett walking confidently into the stadium here at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park. This mare is famously cool, calm and collected in the little white box, which allows Lauren to ride a very accurate test. That’s the bell. They’re about to start!
11:39: If you missed it earlier this week, be sure to click here to read our profile on Marie Le Menestrel, Meadowbrook’s Scarlett’s owner and breeder. Then click here to read 5 Things You Need to Know About Meadowbrook’s Scarlett. Go American-bred eventers!
11:35: Jose Luis Ortelli Jr. and Jos Cassius are just starting their test now for Argentina. Lauren Kieffer will make her championship debut for Team USA next aboard Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett. I’d like a score in the low 40s for my birthday present, please!
11:27: Nicolas Wettstein and Ozieme Framoni are next in the ring. This is the first pair out for the Ecuadorian team, which has three riders. There are 11 total teams competing at these Pan American Games.
11:20: A score of 61.1 for Jose Mercado and Romana of Mexico, which puts them into sixth place. This pair usually averages in the mid-50s, so the score is a testament to what the atmosphere is like out there: busy and distracting for the horses. The ring is surrounded by grandstands on all sides, and the flags are flapping in the wind. A light rain is still falling.
11:13: We’re back underway with Jose Mercado and Romana, the first combination out for the Mexican team coached by Karen O’Connor.
11:12: How it feels when the whole crowd is cheering after you finish your test. A huge shoutout to super groom Janie Lussier for such beautiful turnout!
11:02: We’re on another short break now. Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett will go in the next group.
1. Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline (BRA), 45.6
2. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive (USA), 48.4
3. Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges (CAN), 51.8
11: Colleen Loach on what it feels like to be riding on her first championship team in her home country in front of all her family and friends: “It’s hard to explain.” Check back to EN’s lunchtime report for more comments from Colleen.
10:57: A confirmed score of 51.8 for Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges to move into third place behind Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive.
10:53: A really lovely test for Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges and HUGE cheers from the crowd as she finishes. Go girl! Can someone please comment with the name of the groom for Qorry Blue d’Argouges? The horse looks immaculate!
10:47: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges are next in for Team Canada! They are circling the ring now.
10:35: Here are some facts about our current leaders Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline of Brazil (and yes, the names are spelled wrong on the scoring for both Carlos and his horse!). They finished 11th this spring in the Saumur CCI3*, so this is a very experienced combination. The horse is a 9-year-old Anglo-European gelding bred in Great Britain and owned by Fiona Edwards, by the Oldenburg stallion Landjonker and out of a Lux mare.
10:31: Big cheers for Tiziana and Luccio as they wrap up their test. The Guatemalans have a big, boisterous cheering section here at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park. The fans aren’t letting these chilly, damp conditions get them down!
10:29: We’re starting to see the next cycle of team riders in the ring now. Santiago Medina Negrette and Ritmical EJC just scored 70.1 for the Colombian team, and Tiziana Billy Prem and Luccio are in the ring now for Guatemala.
10:20: In other news, it seems to be getting colder here in Palgrave. It’s my birthday today, so I’d love if Mother Nature could cut us some slack and send some of yesterday’s warm weather our way. Temperatures are currently hovering in the low 60s with a light rain falling. Tomorrow is projected to top 90 degrees — a wild swing of temperatures.
10:15: Sofia Baussan Augspuer and Durango score 61.6, which ties them for third place. Carlos Parro and Caulcourt Landline still lead on 45.6 for Brazil, followed by Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive in 48.4.
10:10: We’re back underway after a quick break with Sofia Baussan Augspuer and Durango, one of the two individual riders for El Salvador. There are 13 total nations competing in eventing here at the Pan Ams.
10: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive scored 48.4 with a quite a spread from the judges: 71.25 at H, 67.29 at C, 64.58 at B. That puts them into second place currently. I just talked to him in the mixed zone, so stay tuned for his comments.
9:52: A score of 45.6 for Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline will give them a huge lead for Brazil thus far. Let’s see if Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive can answer back as the first out for Team USA. They’re in the ring next!
9:45: Elena Ceballos Albarez and Nondour du Moulin just completed their test for Venezuela. The Venezuelans have a three-member team coached by good friend of EN Kyle Carter, a team silver medalist from the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
9:36: A confirmed score of 65.1 for Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen.
9:35: That’s the final salute for Carlos Paro and Caulcourt Landline, the first combination in for the Brazilian team, which is coached by Mark Todd. A really nice test to kick things off for Brazil.
9:29: A score of 65.7 for Guillermo Garin and Ubago for Chile, who were the third combination in the ring. So far no riders have broken out of the 60s threshold.
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9:28: Bill Owen is definitely feeling the chilly morning air! They’ll see some marks taken off for tension, unfortunately, but Waylon did an admirable job of keeping the lid on. A good start for Team Canada.
9:22: Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen are circling the ring now as the first pair in for Canada. He’s rocking a helmet, and both horse and rider look fantastic. Big cheers from the crowd as their names are announced!
9:21: Alvaro Del Valle and Nahual score 64.2. Live scores are here, but so far only percentages are being shown. We’ll help you do the math here on EN!
9:14: Our first score is in for Juan Carlos Tafur and Quinto: 61.6.
9:10: Alvaro Del Valle and Nahual are next in for Guatemala. Peter Gray, who won individual bronze at the 1987 Pan Ams in Indianapolis, coaches the Guatemalan team.
9: Juan Carlos Tafur and Quinto are first in the ring representing Colombia. Juan is rocking some pretty fantastic facial hair. You can see a photo of him and his horse, a stallion, in yesterday’s photo gallery from the first horse inspection.