Four Held, One Spun in Pan Am Final Horse Inspection

Doug Payne and Starr Witness (USA). Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Twenty-three pairs will continue to the final phase of competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru including all four U.S. representatives.

Four were held: Argentina’s Espuelas Atila (12th with Juan Benitez Gallardo), Honduras’ Hipolita (16th with Pedro José Espinosa), Uruguay’s SVR Energico (17th with Lucia Chieza Pietra), and Peru’s Vento (22nd with Marcelino Cardenas Salazar).

All but Vento were accepted upon second presentation, which means Peru has now dropped out of team contention.

Canada will bring only three combinations into the final show jumping phase. Dana Cooke’s FE Mississippi, who was 23rd after cross country, was withdrawn before the horse inspection. U.S. Eventing reports that the mare suffered “minor cuts” from knocking clay pots that were used as decoration at fence 16.

Show jumping will start at 10:30 a.m. central/11:30 a.m. eastern with a course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA).

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