USA Maintains Pan Am Eventing Team Lead, Canada Tops Individual Ranking

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Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti on the Pan American Games cross-country course. © 2011 Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oc.t 22–Canada’s Jessica Phoenix on Pavarotti maintained the eventing individual lead after cross country Saturday while the United States remained atop the team standings at the Pan American Games and the top three go into the jumping final separated by less than one rail.

The three highest ranked riders from Friday’s dressage, finished the cross country without penalties.

The top six combinations, Jessica at the top and five from the U.S., all went clear and under the time limit to maintain their dressage scores

Jessica Phoenix is in the lead with 43.90, followed by U.S. combinations Michael Pollard on Schoensgreen Hanni on 44.50 and Hanna Burnett on Harbour Pilot in third place on 45.20. Buck Davidson on Absolute Liberty was fourth on 48.90, Shannon Lilley on Ballingowan Pizazz fifth on 49.30 and Lynn Symansky on Donner sixth on 52.20, all from the U.S.

The U.S. with 138.60 points, leads Canada on 160.50 and Brazil with 189.80.

An estimated 18,000 spectators turned out for the competition.

However, 17 of the 49 starters were eliminated on course and one dropped out

The Eventing competition ends Sunday with jumping at the Hipica Club where individual and team medals will be awardeds.