USA Leads Team, Individual Jumping After 1st Round at Pan American Games

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Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo taking the lead in the first round of jumping at the Pan American Games. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 26–Beezie Madden on Coral Reef Via Volo and Christine McCrea on Romantovich Take One filled the top two individual places after the first round of jumping at the Pan American Games Wednesday to lead the United States to the top of the team ranking with Mexico in second place and Brazil third.

Mexico,before a jubilant home crowd at the Guadalajara Country Club, filled the 3rd through 5th places while Brazil was in third place lined up in 8th, 9th, and 10th places in the opening speed class.

Daniel Michan on Ragna T led the Mexican move to second place in the standings before Thursday’s two-round final that will decide the Nations Cup and determine which countries will earn a ticket to the Olympics in London next year.

Three teams will win a berth from this competition. Brazil and Canada qualified at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Confusion over team rankings led to the U.S. first being declared atop the standings, then it was changed to Mexico and finally back to the U.S.

Determining the final results of Wednesday’s class was not the only problem.

More serious was the footing, consisting primarily of sand and wood chips. The arena is watered by hand using garden hoses. The footing was praised during dressage competition held a week ago.

However, during this first jumping competition several horses slipped on sharp turns, among them Canada’s Eric Lamaze on Coriana V Klapscheut who was third last in the 55 starters and set a blazing start in an effort to move up his team. However, he made a sharp turn between jumps and the horse slipped badly. Although the pair cleared the next  jump, they appeared to lose momentum and dropped two rails. Even so, they finished 11th, the highest for the Canadians.

Eric Lamaze wearing the distinctive green and gold Rolex arm band as the top ranked jumper rider in the world on Coriana V Klapscheut at the Pan American Games. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The official results show the U.S. with team penalties of 2.90, Mexico 3.26, Brazil 7.61, Argentina 9.62, Canada 12.94, Venezuela 14.10, Chile 14.54, Colombia 16.20, Ecuador 25.62, Guatemala 28.40, Uruaguay 34.30 and Peru 39.16.

There was no doubt about the individual rankings.

Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, New York, and Coral Reef Via Volo 1st, Chrisine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut, and Romantovich Take One 2nd, and McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, and Antares F in 7th place despite two rails down. Kent Farrington of Wellington, Florida, on Uceko was in 15th place and was the drop score.

Beezie Madden, a team gold medalists from the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, said the fact this is the last opportunity for the U.S. to qualify for London “is the most pressure of all. It seems like the entire U.S. contingent is here watching. It’s a lot of pressure, but that’s the game and there are a lot of teams here with the same goal.”

Mexico’s Daniel Milchan said the cheering from the crowd “filled me with emotion” and boosted the confidence of the team.

Antonio Maurer on Callao, the anchor pair for Mexico, whose clear round triggered the loudest cheering of the event. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa on HH Ashley was the first rider and set the pace with a clear round.

However. Christine McCrea as the 21st starter put the top spot out of the reach of every other combination except her team mate, Beezie as the anchor for the U.S. 30 rides later.

“I know Beezie well,” Christine said. “I kew she was going to be fast. I don’t really care as long as it is an American.”

Horse Time Penalties Total
Jump Total
1 108 USA MADDEN Elizabeth Patton CORAL REEF VIA VOLO 77.53 0 77.53
0.00
2 105 USA MCCREA Christine Tribble ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE 79.29 0 79.29
0.88
3 306 MEX MICHAN Daniel RAGNA T 79.49 0 79.49
0.98
4 308 MEX MAURER Antonio CALLAO 79.50 0 79.50
0.99
5 307 MEX MICHAN Alberto ROSALIA LA SILLA 80.10 0 80.10
1.29
6 19 ARG LAROCCA Jose Maria ROYAL POWER 80.51 0 80.51
1.49
7 109 USA WARD Mclain Lindsey ANTARES F 73.57 8 81.57
2.02
8 36 BRA ALVES Bernardo BRIDGIT 77.72 4 81.72
2.10
9 37 BRA MIRANDA NETO Alvaro AD NORSON 78.78 4 82.78
2.63
10 35 BRA PESSOA Rodrigo HH ASHLEY 83.28 0 83.28
2.88
11 45 CAN LAMAZE Eric Alain CORIANA V KLAPSCHEUT 75.60 8 83.60
3.04
12 507 VEN BARRIOS Pablo G&C QUICK STAR 75.98 8 83.98
3.23
13 46 CAN MILLAR Ian Donald STAR POWER 81.11 4 85.11
3.79
14 18 ARG ALBARRACIN Matias P’COMPADRE BALLY CULLEN MAID 85.25 0 85.25
3.86
15 107 USA FARRINGTON Kent UCEKO 81.33 4 85.33
3.90
16 59 CHI PAROT Samuel Ignacio AL CALYPSO 81.54 4 85.54
4.01
17 15 ARG DOPAZO Martin CHICAGO Z 78.06 8 86.06
4.27
18 58 CHI COUVE Tomas ARC EN CIEL DE MUZE 87.27 0 87.27
4.87
19 65 COL DIAZ Rodrigo CELESTA 87.57 0 87.57
5.02
20 505 VEN VANOSOSTE Noel CONRAD D 83.58 4 87.58
5.03
21 305 MEX GONZALEZ Enrique CRIPTONITE 83.88 4 87.88
5.18
22 38 BRA JOHANNPETER Karina SRF DRAGONFLY de JOTER 84.57 4 88.57
5.52
23 69 COL PEREZ John UTOPIA 84.62 4 88.62
5.55
24 66 COL BLUMAN Daniel SANCHA LS 80.79 8 88.79
5.63
25 56 CHI CARRASCO Rodrigo Cristian OR DE LA CHARBONIERE 84.84 4 88.84
5.66
26 67 COL TERAN Roberto DENVER 81.18 8 89.18
5.83
27 508 VEN RODRIGUEZ Andres BEAUFORT VAN HAN LIND. 81.20 8 89.20
5.84
28 506 VEN KAROLYI Angel JAMES T KIRK 89.32 0 89.32
5.90
29 97 ECU BARREIRO Luis Ignacio SILVERADO 89.49 0 89.49
5.98
30 57 CHI MORSTADT Carlos Alberto TALENTO 81.55 8 89.55
6.01
31 47 CAN ASSELIN Jonathan SHOWGIRL 89.74 0 89.74
6.11
32 25 BER NISBETT Patrick Dwayne CANTARO 32 78.16 12 90.16
6.32
33 17 ARG DIRCIE Ricardo LLAVANERAS H.J. ARIES 87.15 4 91.15
6.81
34 26 BER TERCEIRA Jillian P. BERNADIEN VAN WESTUR 88.02 4 92.02
7.25
35 605 URU CHIRICO Marcelo OMANIE DU LANDAIS 84.12 8 92.12
7.30
36 205 GUA CASTILLO Eduardo Antonio CARLAND 84.28 8 92.28
7.38
37 48 CAN HANSELWOOD Gillian Margaret GEORGE 84.76 8 92.76
7.62
38 405 PUR WATRING Mark GREENS SLEEPS VIOCO 81.01 12 93.01
7.74
39 206 GUA PIVARAL Juan Pablo VALENCIA 90.59 4 94.59
8.53
40 96 ECU RODRIGUEZ Ruben Russell TRUE LOVE SANTA MONICA 95.15 0 95.15
8.81
41 95 ECU VIVERO Diego Javier NEYPAL DU PLANT 95.18 4 99.18
10.83
42 705 PER NAVARRO GRAU Michelle Maria TIBETANO 87.79 12 99.79
11.13
43 606 URU RODRIGUEZ Martin COINTREAU Z 92.64 8 100.64
11.56
44 98 ECU ANDRADE Pablo Jose WOKINA 96.71 4 100.71
11.59
45 708 PER GASTAÑETA Maria Paz GABRIEL 94.18 8 102.18
12.33
46 208 GUA TEJADA Alvaro Enrique VOLTARAL PALO BLANCO 90.51 12 102.51
12.49
47 805 ESA HERNANDEZ Jose Alfredo GRUPO PROM JACK 87.78 16 103.78
13.13
47 905 PAN MIZRACHI Gabriella Rosa UNLIMITED 99.79 4 103.79
13.13
49 85 DOM FLORENTINO ROCA Hector ULTIMO 96.26 8 104.26
13.37
50 406 PUR LOPEZ Israel ADMIRAL CLOVER 88.71 16 104.71
13.59
51 607 URU COLA Carlos Jose DON QUIJOTE 96.41 12 108.41
15.44
52 707 PER TEAGUE Jenefer Anne TLALPI L.S. 96.93 12 108.93
15.70
53 207 GUA RODRIGUEZ Juan Andres VDL EMPIRE 95.14 20 115.14
18.81
54 608 URU DANERS Federico Gonzalo CHICOLAS 0 155.14
38.81
54 706 PER VALDEZ Alonso Napoleon UNITED III 0 155.14
38.81