Let’s go, girls!
US Equestrian has just announced the eventing squad that will travel to Santiago, Chile this fall for the 2023 Pan American Games. Please join us in congratulating the following combinations for their selection:
- Sydney Elliott (Benton, La.) and QC Diamantaire, a 2010 Oldenburg gelding owned by Carol Stephens
- Liz Halliday (Ocala, Fla.) and Miks Master C, a 2012 Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Debby Palmer and the Ocala Horse Properties, LLC
- Direct Reserve: Cooley Nutcracker, a 2014 Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Nutcracker Syndicate
- Caroline Pamukcu (Miami Beach, Fla.) and HSH Blake, a 2015 Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Mollie Hoff, Sherrie Martin and Caroline Pamukcu
- Sharon White (Summit Point, W.V.) and Claus 63, her own 2012 Holsteiner gelding
- Traveling Reserve: Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Kynan, a 2015 KWPN gelding owned by Kynan Syndicate LLC
A full list of alternates was also selected:
- Jacob Fletcher (North Little Rock, Ark.) and Fabian, a 2010 KWPN gelding owned by Fletcher Farms
- Hannah Sue Hollberg (Kennett Square, Penn.) and Capitol H I M, a 2007 Holsteiner gelding owned by Christa B. Schmidt
- Dan Kreitl (Muncie, Ind.) and Carmango, a 2013 Westphalian gelding owned by Kay Dixon
- Alyssa Phillips (Fort Worth, Texas) and Oskar, a 2009 Holsteiner gelding owned by Julie Phillips
- Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Elliot V, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Elliot V Partnership
The Pan American Games this year serve as an opportunity to develop pipeline talent, both horse and rider, with the pressure of Olympic qualification off the U.S.’ shoulders following their silver medal finish at World Championships in 2022.
The competition will be run as a hybrid 3*-L/4*-L: athletes will have a 4*-L level test (CCI4* Test B for the dressage) in the dressage and show jumping (1.25m max height), and a 3*-L level test on cross country (8-10 minute optimum time, 550 meters/minute).
The eventing portion of competition in Chile will commence on October 26 with the first horse inspection. Athletes will then compete over October 27-29, with medals awarded following show jumping on the 29th.