Hello from the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park here in Palgrave, Ontario! We’re about 30 minutes from the 1 p.m. start of show jumping here at the Pan American Games, and I’ll be keeping you up to date in this open thread and on Twitter @eventingnation. Keep refreshing this page to stay up-to-date on your favorite riders.
The U.S. holds the team lead after cross country on 133.0, followed by Brazil in second on 136.7 and Canada in third on 159.0. Just one rider from those countries, Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen, will jump in the first group. Then there will be a 15-minute break to drag the ring before we get into the top 16 in the individual standings.
2:59: The storms have mostly blown over now, and the awards ceremony will be starting soon. Stay tuned for much more!
2:46: Unbelievable finish here at the Pan Am Games! Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous win gold, Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti win silver, and Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too win bronze. Team USA wins gold, Brazil wins silver, and Canada wins bronze.
2:45: The last rail falls for Ruy Fonseca! Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous win INDIVIDUAL GOLD FOR TEAM USA!
2:42: Overnight leaders Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too are in the ring now. More claps of thunder! This might be a very damp awards ceremony.
2:41: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous jump clear to guarantee the team gold medal for Team USA! Marilyn and Kitty will finish no lower than second place individually.
2:40: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous enter the ring just as we hear an ominous rumbling of thunder. Severe storms are predicted for 3 p.m.
2:38: Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti jump clear to huge cheers from the crowd!
2:35: Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa jump clear! Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive are set to be the drop score, so Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous can’t afford a single rail to keep Team USA in the lead.
2:32: Carlos Lobos and Ranco pull off a super save at the in and out at 10AB and finish clear to huge cheers from the crowd. A great round for Chile!
2:30: Clear for Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline of Brazil. The U.S. has two left to jump, while overnight leaders Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too will be the final pair to go for Brazil.
2:28: Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline are starting now for Brazil. Carlos said this horse is an extremely good show jumper.
2:27: Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett jump clear for Team USA! Mama and Papa Kieffs and super groom Shannon Kinsley look over the moon in the kiss and cry!
2:23: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive just had the second fence down to put pressure on Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to jump a clear round.
2:20: Qorry Blue d’Argouges wasn’t touching any poles today! He jumped beautifully with Colleen Loach to deliver Canada’s first clear round of the afternoon. This Canadian crowd is going wild! A stellar championships debut for her.
2:19: Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges, in 10th after cross country, are entering the ring now for Canada! Just 13 penalty points separate the top 10, so ever rail is going to be extremely costly.
2:18: Marcio Carvalho Jorge and Lissy Mac Wayer deliver the second clear round of the afternoon for Brazil. Remember there are just 3.7 penalties separating second-placed Brazil and overnight leaders Team USA.
2:14: Ronald Zabala Goetschel and Master Boy have three rails down for Ecuador, which now gives a 23-penalty berth between their team and Canada. That makes the chances that Canada will stand atop the team medal podium this afternoon that much more likely.
2:11: Daniela Moguel and Cecilia come in a little too hot to 10AB and take a rail at B to finish on 57.7. Still a really fantastic showing for Team Mexico.
2:08: Henrique Plombon and Land Quenote deliver a beautiful clear round for Brazil to keep the pressure on Team USA. Brazil is just 3.7 penalties behind the U.S., so one rail will make all the difference.
2:05: Carlos Narvarez and Que Loco of Ecuador pull one rail, which now gives Canada 11.1 penalties of breathing room in the team competition. Canada is holding bronze position on 163.0, while Ecuador is in fourth on 174.1.
2:03: California-based Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy have three rails come down to finish on 77.3.
2:01: Nicolas Wettstein and Onzieme Framoni of Ecuador leave all the poles in the cups! Ecuador is in fourth place in the team standings just 7.1 penalties behind Canada now after factoring in Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen’s rail.
2: We’re back underway here at the Pan Am Games with the top 16. Nicolas Wettstein and Onzieme Framoni are the first in the ring in this group. Currently on a score of 60.5.
1:44: We’re on a 15-minute break now to drag the ring. The top 16 will jump at 2 p.m.
1:43: The last comes down for Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen, but the crowd still shows him a lot of love.
1:41: And the crowd goes wild for Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen as they enter the ring for Canada!
1:39: Elena Ceballos Alvarez and Nounour de Moulin, the remaining members of the Venezuelan team, jumped a lovely clear. Big cheers from coach Kyle Carter! This horse is a super jumper.
1:37: Sergio Iturriaga and Versalles of Chile pull 10B and 11 for a total of two rails down.
1:35: The time allowed has been adjusted to 80.5 seconds; it was previously 74 seconds.
1:32: 18-year-old Sofia Baussan Augspuer and Durango, the sole competitors left for El Salvador, sadly have a refusal at fence 10A. The crowd gave them some encouragement, and they cleared the final line for a total of 12 penalties.
1:29: Luciana Claudio Brunello and Erevan of Argentina pull the first rail but leave the rest of the poles in the cups.
1:27: Francisco Calvelo and Noir de la Muralla of Uruguay have a firecracker of a clear round. This horse looks ready to go around Wayne Copping’s cross country course again!
1:26: Poles come tumbling for Jhonatan Rodriguez and Nilo of Colombia. We’re seeing some tired horses down the last line, which is an in and out at 10AB and then down the long side away from the in-gate to an oxer. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see photos of each fence.
1:24: This will be the ONLY round of show jumping today, so both team and individual medals will be determined within the next hour here in Toronto. #nailbiter
1:21: Jose Mercado and Romana of Mexico also jump clear! What a storybook ending for both Guillermo and Jose. Their third teammate, Daniela Moguel, will jump in the next group.
1:18: Guillermo de Campo and Quelite of Mexico jumped a beautiful clear round. Just a rub at the last. Really nicely ridden. Viva Mexico!
1:16: Francisco Juan Gallo and Remonta Nunhil of Argentina have a hairy moment at fence 10B and then pull the final fence at 11 for a total of two rails down.
1:14: Santiago Medina Negrette and Ritmical EJC, the individual bronze medalists from last year’s Central American & Caribbean Games, also jump a smooth, clear round for Colombia. The course is riding very well so far.
1:12: A lovely clear round for Edison Quintana Valerio and SVR Capoeira II for Uruguay. That’s the third double clear round so far.
1:10: The live scores seem to be updating pretty reliably at this point, so click here to keep track of those.
1:08: Two rails down and 1 time penalty for Rodrigo Abella Lemme and SVR Arbitro of Uruguay.
1:07: Two rails down for Guillermo Garin and Ubago of Chile. The chinchillas were beginning to think the poles were glued in the cups.
1:04: Juan Carlos Tafur and Quinto have a few Jesus-take-the-wheel moments but deliver a clear round!
12:59: We’re underway! Sarka Kolackova and Sir Royal, the sole combination still competing for Guatemala, just delivered a beautiful clear round as the first in the ring.
12:34: Karen O’Connor, coach of the Mexican eventing team, just stopped by to chat and said she is THRILLED with how her riders performed yesterday on cross country. They came into the competition with a three-rider team, and all three completed the course to put them in sixth place in the team standings going into show jumping.
Daniela Moguel and Cecilia jumped double clear and are sitting in 12th place individually, with Jose Mercado and Romana and Guillermo de Campo and Quelite in 23rd and 25th, respectively. Someone asked me why I’m not wearing red, white and blue today. True confessions: My shirt is green, the same color that’s on the Mexican flag. Viva Mexico!
12:30: Here’s a look at the show jumping course, which is quite twisty and turny. Click and keep scrolling to view each photo full size. Unfortunately, we don’t have a course map.