Top Pan Am Big & Small Combinations Win at Palgrave CDI3*–Correction
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PALGRAVE, Ontario, May 8, 2015–The top Canadian combinations in Big and Small Tour rankings competing at the Spring Into Dressage CDI3* Friday cemented their lead in qualifying for the Pan American Games team.
Belinda Trussell on her two-time World Games mount, Anton and who is atop the Pan Am Big Tour standings, won the Grand Prix on a score of 71.000 per cent.
Megan Lane who is ranked No. 2 on Caravella placed second on 69.840 per cent while America’s Lauren Sammis of South Orange, New Jersey on Whitman was third on 67.700 per cent.
Diane Crech on Robbie W placed first on 70.868 per cent in the Prix St. Georges. The pair came into this competition at No. 2 in the rankings for the small tour.
Chris von Martels on Zilverstar, atop the standings after strong performances on the Florida winter circuit, was second on 70.079 per cent.
Brittany Fraser and All In were third on 69.000 per cent. An earlier version included incorrect information about All In.
This was the first of three CDIs at home this month to wrap up Canadian qualifying for the Pan Ams to be held here in mid-July,
The Pan Ams will implement an unique mix of Big and Small Tour teams that can have up to four horse and rider combinations with three scores counting but a Grand Prix pair required to qualify for a start at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Canada and the United States are likely to battle it out for the Pan Am gold medal as only one country can qualify for the Olympics through the continental championships.
Prospects for the U.S. team are in Europe for this month to decide its team.