Pan Am Dressage Live Updates: Team USA, Tamie Smith on Top After First Phase

Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Eventing dressage is underway at the 2019 Pan American Games! Forty-two riders from 12 nations will be trotting up the centerline today beginning at 10 a.m. EST. The dressage test is the 2015 FEI 3* Test B, and our judges are Jane Hamlin (USA) at C, Jo Young (CAN) at M, and Delano Bastos de Miranda (BRA) at E.

U.S. ride times are as follows (in ET):

9:30 a.m. – Liz Halliday-Sharp (Test Ride)
10:32 a.m. – Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play
12:30 p.m. – Tamie Smith and Mai Baum
2:55 p.m. – Doug Payne and Starr Witness
4:53 p.m. – Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

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10 a.m.: And our first rider is in the ring. Coming in hot is Team Peru’s Juan Jose Francia and Alpacino Z, who score a 43.3 to kick off the day. Ah, why are they live streaming handball and not THIS???

10:08 a.m.: Next up we’ve got Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes, slapping down a 27.7 for Team Canada. Boom.

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

10:16 a.m.: Team Mexico’s Jose Alan Triana Martinez and Violento score a 38.8, followed by our favorite super nice Brazilian Ruy Fonseca and Ballypatrick Srs who score a 31.8. #FlashbackFriday to the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto, where Ruy Fonseca led the dressage with his great globetrotting partner Tom Bombadill Too.

10:32 a.m.: Team USA trailblazer in the ring! Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play post a 29.2. Bit of a spread in scores here — Jane gives them a 74.09; Delano isn’t as into it and gives them a 67.73. That puts them in early second behind Karl. Watch her post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Btw, our friends at Athletux are doing some super-fun Pan Ams Instagram storytelling — go check it out.

10:40 a.m.: Now we’re back to my own personal dressage score stomping ground, the 40s. Team Equador’s Luis Eduardo Aranco and Svr Gruñon score a 41.3; Argentina’s Marcelo Javier Rawson and Felicitas Almendro score a 43.5.

11:11 a.m.: We’re back after a 15 minute break with Mauricio Bermudez and Fernhill Nightshift, who post a 41.6 for Colombia. Chile’s Carlos Villarroel and Quilano score a 39.2, followed by Guatemala’s Wylder Francisco Rodriguez Silva and Escapito-S who score a 40.6. Honduras’ Pedro Jose Espinosa and Hipolita score a 33.0 to slide into 4th behind Ruy. Circling back now to Team Peru, whose Hans Chener Alva Pierola and Conterina Z post a 45.2.

11:51 a.m.: Dana Cooke and the distinctive grey mare FE Mississippi up next for Team Canada. They post a 32.7, good enough to slot them into 4th place for now.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

11:59 a.m.: Team Mexico’s Pedro Gutierrez and California Mail post a score of 46.5. We’ll be back with more after a 15-minute break! Enough time to hit up the drink stand for a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, a cocktail of pisco liquor + lime juice + syrup + bitters + egg white.

12:22 p.m.: I was on board until the egg white. Break’s over! Team Brazil is back in the ring with Rafael Mamprin Losano and Fuiloda G, who score a 33.1. They’ve now got two riders in the top six. Brazil is in the hunt for hardware, y’all.

12:30 p.m.: Now in the ring, Team USA’s Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, looking SAVAGE. Hold onto your butts — you know this pair is about to bring itttt.

12:40 p.m.: 22.7!!!!!! YAS QUEEN.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Check out their scoresheet — I’m counting four 9s in there, including two on the final halt. That’s called dropping the mic.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The face of a horse who knows he could be a champion event horse OR a professional horse calendar model.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Watch her post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

12:46 p.m.: Uruguay’s Rodrigo Martin Abella Lemme and Svr Arbitro have the misfortune of following up their act and score a 44.3. Argentina’s Juan Benitez Gallardo and J B G Espuelas Atila score a 40.2, followed by Colombia’s Juan Carlos Tafur Eisenmayer and Blue Moon, who score a 44.0. Phew, it’s good to be back in the 40s … that 22.7 gave me sweaty pits and made me feel all twitchy, like I was at an event in Europe or something.

1:08 p.m.: Now in the ring we’ve got EN fan favorite Guillermo Garin Heyermann of Team Chile and the delightfully named chestnut stallion Bipolar. You guys will remember this horse from yesterday’s jog report. They score a 45.4.

Guillermo Garín Heyermann (not pictured, for obvious reasons) and Bipolar. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

1:10 p.m.: Sarka Kolackova De Mendez and Carneval 32 of Guatemala post a 35.8. We’re 21 rides down, with 21 still to go, and that brings us to the lunch break. Team standings are Team USA (52.0) out front, followed by Canada (60.5) and Brazil (64.8). Tamie Smith (USA) and Mai Baum lead the individual standings on their super score of 22.7, with Karl Slezak (CAN) and Fernhill Wishes in 2nd on 27.7 and Lynn Symansky with RF Cool Play in 3rd on 29.2.

Race you to fence #17! Back at 2:15.

Mmmm … good thing we packed ranch dressing. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:15 p.m.: And we’re back! Ecuador’s Nicolas Wettstein and Onzieme Framoni are first out of the gate and they score a 35.1, followed by Peru’s Marcelino Cardenas Salazar and Vento, who score a 45.2.

2:31 p.m.: Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye are next up for Team Canada! A big score of 26.2 will move them into second place ahead of teammate Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes.

Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:39 p.m.: Mexico’s Jose Enrique Mercado Suarez and Tehuacan score a 35.8.

2:47 p.m.: Brazil, bringing the heat! Colleen won’t be in 2nd place for long, as Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks have wedged their way in between her and Tamie on a score of 26.0.

Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Marcelo Tosi and Starbucks. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2:55 p.m.: Our next U.S. rider out is Doug Payne with Starr Witness AKA The #Ginga. A horse with its own hashtag is not to be trifled with, is what I always say. A score of 28.0 puts them in the top five, just behind Karl and ahead of Lynn.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Quick compilation of #starrwitness’ test earlier today to sit on a 28 in the #PanAmGames for #teamUSA #eventing USA Eventing

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Watch his post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

3:22 p.m.: Short break and we’re back with Uraguay’s Lucia Chieza and Svr Energico, who score a 43.2. Colombia’s Jhonatan Fabian Rodriguez Rodriguez and Caipirina follow with a score 41.5.

3:43 p.m.: And now for the horse we’ve all been waiting for, our favorite Chilean conscientious objector, Puerto Octay! Mad respect to his rider, Luis Alfonso Larrondo Muñoz, for keeping this horse mostly attached to planet earth at the jog yesterday. Today, we’re expecting big things. Gotta be some Lippizaner in that pedigree somewhere, amiright?  You’ve got this, Puerto Octay! I’ve got like 20 bucks on you in the EN office betting pool, don’t let me down!

The capriole, sadly not included in modern dressage tests. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Also could’ve crushed the levade. I give it a 10. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

3:56 p.m.: 40.9 … robbed! Puerto Octay, you beautiful beautiful horse-kite, assuming you don’t blow away when your poor groom takes you out for a graze this evening we’ll look forward to cheering you on tomorrow.

4:03 p.m.: Guatemala’s Stefanie Brand Leu and Ginfer Palo Blanco earn a 41.4. I think I missed Colombia’s Jhonatan Fabian Rodriguez Rodriguez and Caipirina (a South American cocktail which, unlike the Pisco Sour, I CAN wholeheartedly get behind) — sorry about that, they scored a 41.4.

4:08 p.m.: Next up we’ve got Equador’s Carlos Narvaez and Que Loco, which Google translates to “That’s Crazy.” They score a 39.0. Next, the home team marches out Diego Farje Carpio and Qouter, who score a 43.4.

4:29 p.m.: After the break, we’ll see our last batch of team anchors incoming. No eventer has sported more maple leaf theme outfits than Jessica Phoenix, who brings forth her experienced partner Pavarotti. They pull off a 27.4, good for 4th place. Look how happy Jess is!

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

4:44 p.m.: Only six rides left until we can all stop frantically refreshing the scores page. Mexico’s Guillermo German de Campo M. and Quelite are next in the ring and score a 31.2 — that will get him into the top 10. Mexico currently sitting 4th in the team standings.

4:50 p.m.: Carlos Parro and Quaikin Qurious are bringing it home for Brazil. They score a 28.3 which will put them in 7th.

4:57 p.m.: Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are now in the ring! Which beautiful black stallion gelding that gallops through all our dreams is going to win the dressage today?

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

5 p.m.: Looks like Tamie’s gonna take it; Boyd and “Thomas” will settle for second today on a 25.8. Watch his post-ride interview with US Equestrian here.

5:20 p.m.: Homestretch now. Uruguay’s Edison Alejandro Quintana Valerio and Svr Fraile Del Santa Lucia score a 41.0; Chile’s Carlos Lobos Muñoz and Ranco break into the top 10 with a 31.0; Argentina’s Luciano Claudio Brunello and Maria Teresa score a 39.8. Our final rider, Guatemala’s Carlos Sueiras and Valentina RN, score a 43.3.

Top 10 individual after dressage:

Team standings after dressage:
1. USA (76.4)
2. Canada (81.3)
3. Brazil (85.9)
4. Mexico (105.8)
5. Chile (111.1)
6. Argentina (117.1)
7. Guatemala (117.7)
8. Uruguay (125.5)
9. Colombia (127.2)
10. Peru (131.9)

We’ll be along with a full report after the press conference. Thanks for joining us today, EN. It’s been real. Go Eventing!

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