USA Lives Up to Hype to Take Commanding Lead in Pan American Games Nations Cup After Day 1

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Steffen Peters on Legolas at the end of their Grand Prix ride that secured the lead for the United States in the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas at the end of their Grand Prix ride that secured the lead for the United States in the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

PALGRAVE, Ontario, Juy 11, 2015–The United States took a commanding lead after the first of two days of Pan American Games Nations Cup competition of mixed Big and Small Tour combinations when Canada’s Prix St. Georges horses and riders provided an early score with a pair of outstanding performances.

Steffen Peters and Legolas posted the highest score of the day with 77.240 per cent with team mates Laura Graves on Verdades in fourth on 75.080 per cent as the top two Grand Prix pairs to add a bonus of 1,5 per cent to each duo’s scores.

Combined with the Prix St. Georges result for Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin of 75.184 per cent that was the third best score but earned no bonus points.

The U.S. established a lead that will be hard to beat on the second day of Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix Special to decide the team medals and could give America its fifth straight Nations Cup gold in this hemispheric championship that provides for one country to earn a start at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

However, the Canadian Small Tour pairs of Brittany Fraser on All In scored 76.105 per cent that was the second highest mark of the day from the five-member international ground jury and Chris Von Martels on Zilvertsar also at small tour scored 75.026 per cent.

The pair were competing in their first senior championship.

Brittany Fraser and All In raising the bar at the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brittany Fraser and All In raising the bar at the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Belinda Trussell on Anton, who competed at the last two World Games, scored 73.440 per cent but it was not enough even with the 1.5 per cent extra to overcome the United States lead.

“Awesome, awesome, awesome,” Steffen said after his ride that he described as the best he ever had on the 13-year-old Westfalen gelding.

Brittany Fraser said after her ride which put Canada in the lead and kept herthere individually until the last ride of the 44 rides of the day, Steffen on Legolas: “Amazing, All In was amazing. He is truly a once in a lifetime horse. He never lets me down. He’s never  been in a stadium with an atmosphere like this and he just rocked it.

“I had a good feeling going into this. I’m very happy.”

Chris von Martels, who set the pace as he rode before Brittany, said: “I’m very happy with today’s result. It was exactly what we wanted to achieve. Our plan was to ride a very clean, precise test without taking too many risks.

“What an incredible electric atmosphere in the arena. Our Canadians were amazing.”

Bernadette Pujals on Heslegaards Rolex whose "bonus" points added to their Grand Prix score put Mexico in the bronze medal position on the first of two days of Pan American Games Nations Cup competition. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Bernadette Pujals on Heslegaards Rolex whose “bonus” points added to their Grand Prix score put Mexico in the bronze medal position on the first of two days of Pan American Games Nations Cup competition. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The closest contest is for the bronze medal where Mexico on 206.703 is just ahead of Brazil on 206.500 but the difference was created by Mexico including a Grand Prix combination to their three-member team, the seasoned world championship rider Bernadette Pujals on Heslegaards Rolex whose score of 69.440 per cent was enhanced by the 1.5 per cent bonus.

Brazil sent an all Small Tour squad with the leading pair of Leandro da Silva on Di Caprio scoring 69.474 per cent.

Although the 4,000-seat stadium was a sellout, bright sun drove temperatures to close to 90F (32.2C) and the metal stands with no shade were mostly less than half full.

A major disappointment was a complete lack of video–no streaming on the Internet, no broadcast, not even a camera to record the rides for the judges to review or for famlies, friends and fans to buy. The organizers had promised the 10 teams competing a video camera would record the championships that are held only once every four years.

But the organizers warned both the teams and the media that any unauthorized video recording would be a violation of the rights of the Games broadcaster, the publicly owned CBC that did not operate at this venue and could result in accreditation being canceled.

Several riders were emotional in their appeal to dressage-news.com to find some way to provide video coverage for an event that they may never participate in again in their life.

The official team standings after the first day in which only the top three scores count, followed by the individual scores:

 
Rank Team Rider % Score & (Rank) Total
Horse nº/Horse Name E H C M B % Score
1 230.504
T

168 / SANCEO

7
73.553
8
68.684
9
70.658
6
73.816
7
72.237
# 71.790 Q
T

166 / ROSMARIN

5
74.868
3
74.342
6
73.421
1
78.553
5
74.737
75.184 Q
T

165 / VERDADES

3
77.000
5
73.800
3
74.400
5
74.900
2
75.300
75.080 Q
T

167 / LEGOLAS 92

2
77.900
1
75.600
1
79.100
3
77.900
1
75.700
77.240 Q
2 226.071
T

119 / ZILVERSTAR

4
76.579
4
74.079
4
73.816
4
76.579
6
74.079
75.026 Q
T

116 / ALL IN

1
78.684
2
75.000
4
73.816
2
78.026
3
75.000
76.105 Q
T

117 / CARAVELLA

10
71.800
7
69.600
7
71.400
10
71.600
12
70.100
# 70.900 Q
T

118 / ANTON

6
74.400
6
72.100
2
74.900
12
70.900
4
74.900
73.440 Q
3 206.703
T

153 / DONNERSBERG

20
67.368
26
63.421
29
65.132
19
69.079
26
66.184
66.237 Q
T

154 / WIZARD BANAMEX

15
69.737
11
67.500
14
69.211
11
70.921
10
70.263
69.526 Q
T

155 / HESLEGAARDS ROLEX

12
71.700
10
68.000
13
69.500
15
69.800
19
68.200
69.440 Q
4 206.500
T

110 / DI CAPRIO

16
69.211
14
66.711
8
71.053
8
71.842
15
68.553
69.474 Q
T

113 / DONELLY 3

27
65.789
19
65.395
26
65.921
30
64.211
22
66.842
# 65.632 Q
T

112 / XAMÃ DOS PINHAIS

22
66.974
12
67.105
16
68.816
8
71.842
8
71.184
69.184 Q
T

111 / VELEIRO DO TOP

20
67.368
21
65.263
18
68.421
16
69.737
18
68.421
67.842 Q
5 202.078
T

104 / CAQUEL CAUTIVO

34
64.211
41
57.500
34
62.763
39
60.263
41
58.553
# 60.658 Q
T

103 / BANDURRIA KACERO

18
68.816
16
66.184
12
69.868
14
69.868
15
68.553
68.658 Q
T

102 / GRANADA

17
69.000
23
64.900
21
68.000
24
67.700
24
66.500
67.220 Q
T

101 / TYARA

31
64.800
33
61.100
33
63.200
27
66.000
37
60.900
63.200 Q
6 199.842
T

144 / QUANDERUS

38
61.053
35
59.868
40
60.921
36
61.579
28
64.474
# 61.579 Q
T

147 / ZEDRICK DYLOMA

29
64.868
25
63.816
24
66.579
30
64.211
20
67.368
65.368 Q
T

145 / BEIJING A

24
66.053
27
62.895
25
66.316
33
63.553
34
62.105
64.184 Q
T

146 / ADAJIO

8
72.895
9
68.553
10
70.526
13
70.263
13
69.211
70.290 Q
7 199.816
T

182 / PRETY WOMAN

42
56.316
41
57.500
42
56.579
41
58.947
40
59.605
# 57.789 Q
T

130 / FIRST FISHERMAN

32
64.605
37
59.342
32
63.684
28
65.658
39
60.000
62.658 Q
T

127 / FAREWELL IV

19
67.632
17
65.789
20
68.026
18
69.605
15
68.553
67.921 Q
T

128 / BECKHAM

14
70.789
13
66.842
17
68.684
16
69.737
11
70.132
69.237 Q
8 194.763
T

174 / VON PRIMAIRE

28
65.132
28
62.763
22
67.632
23
67.895
29
64.079
65.500 Q
T

171 / ALPHA’S WHY NOT

40
59.079
22
65.000
28
65.395
32
63.816
33
62.500
63.158 Q
T

173 / ZALVADOR

25
65.921
24
64.079
22
67.632
25
66.842
27
66.053
66.105 Q
9 194.711
T

133 / VIVI LIGHT

36
61.974
32
61.316
35
62.368
35
61.842
35
61.842
61.868 Q
T

134 / AMORINO

23
66.579
30
62.368
27
65.658
20
68.947
23
66.711
66.053 Q
T

135 / BELLO ORIENTE

25
65.921
18
65.658
11
70.000
26
66.053
25
66.316
66.790 Q
10 192.684
T

123 / EVERYBODY DANCE NOW

41
58.816
39
59.079
41
58.816
40
59.211
42
58.289
# 58.842 Q
T

122 / WETTKONIG

35
62.368
37
59.342
38
62.105
42
58.158
32
62.763
60.947 Q
T

121 / FAVORY DUBA 66

29
64.868
34
60.263
35
62.368
29
64.737
38
60.658
62.579 Q
T

124 / FINN

13
70.921
19
65.395
19
68.158
7
72.237
14
69.079
69.158 Q

Individual results

Prix St. George / Grand Prix

 Judges: E: Elizabeth McMullen CAN, President H: Hans-Christian Matthiesen DEN C: Steohen Clarke GBR M: Lilo Fore USA B Maribel Alonso
 
Rank Horse nº Rider % Score & (Rank) Total
Horse Name E H C M B %Mark
1 167 T

LEGOLAS 92

2
77.900
1
75.600
1
79.100
3
77.900
1
75.700
77.240 Q
2 116 T

ALL IN

1
78.684
2
75.000
4
73.816
2
78.026
3
75.000
76.105 Q
3 166 T

ROSMARIN

5
74.868
3
74.342
6
73.421
1
78.553
5
74.737
75.184 Q
4 165 T

VERDADES

3
77.000
5
73.800
3
74.400
5
74.900
2
75.300
75.080 Q
5 119 T

ZILVERSTAR

4
76.579
4
74.079
4
73.816
4
76.579
6
74.079
75.026 Q
6 118 T

ANTON

6
74.400
6
72.100
2
74.900
12
70.900
4
74.900
73.440 Q
7 168 T

SANCEO

7
73.553
8
68.684
9
70.658
6
73.816
7
72.237
71.790 Q
8 117 T

CARAVELLA

10
71.800
7
69.600
7
71.400
10
71.600
12
70.100
70.900 Q
9 146 T

ADAJIO

8
72.895
9
68.553
10
70.526
13
70.263
13
69.211
70.290 Q
10 154 T

WIZARD BANAMEX

15
69.737
11
67.500
14
69.211
11
70.921
10
70.263
69.526 Q
11 110 T

DI CAPRIO

16
69.211
14
66.711
8
71.053
8
71.842
15
68.553
69.474 Q
12 155 T

HESLEGAARDS ROLEX

12
71.700
10
68.000
13
69.500
15
69.800
19
68.200
69.440 Q
13 159

ROYAL AFFAIR

9
72.368
15
66.579
15
69.079
22
68.158
9
70.789
69.395 Q
14 128 T

BECKHAM

14
70.789
13
66.842
17
68.684
16
69.737
11
70.132
69.237 Q
15 112 T

XAMÃ DOS PINHAIS

22
66.974
12
67.105
16
68.816
8
71.842
8
71.184
69.184 Q
16 124 T

FINN

13
70.921
19
65.395
19
68.158
7
72.237
14
69.079
69.158 Q
17 103 T

BANDURRIA KACERO

18
68.816
16
66.184
12
69.868
14
69.868
15
68.553
68.658 Q
18 127 T

FAREWELL IV

19
67.632
17
65.789
20
68.026
18
69.605
15
68.553
67.921 Q
19 111 T

VELEIRO DO TOP

20
67.368
21
65.263
18
68.421
16
69.737
18
68.421
67.842 Q
20 102 T

GRANADA

17
69.000
23
64.900
21
68.000
24
67.700
24
66.500
67.220 Q
21 141

CHARDONNAY

11
71.711
29
62.500
31
64.737
21
68.816
20
67.368
67.026 Q
22 135 T

BELLO ORIENTE

25
65.921
18
65.658
11
70.000
26
66.053
25
66.316
66.790 Q
23 153 T

DONNERSBERG

20
67.368
26
63.421
29
65.132
19
69.079
26
66.184
66.237 Q
24 173 T

ZALVADOR

25
65.921
24
64.079
22
67.632
25
66.842
27
66.053
66.105 Q
25 134 T

AMORINO

23
66.579
30
62.368
27
65.658
20
68.947
23
66.711
66.053 Q
26 113 T

DONELLY 3

27
65.789
19
65.395
26
65.921
30
64.211
22
66.842
65.632 Q
27 174 T

VON PRIMAIRE

28
65.132
28
62.763
22
67.632
23
67.895
29
64.079
65.500 Q
28 147 T

ZEDRICK DYLOMA

29
64.868
25
63.816
24
66.579
30
64.211
20
67.368
65.368 Q
29 145 T

BEIJING A

24
66.053
27
62.895
25
66.316
33
63.553
34
62.105
64.184 Q
30 150

WEISSENFELS

32
64.605
30
62.368
29
65.132
38
60.658
30
63.816
63.316 Q
31 101 T

TYARA

31
64.800
33
61.100
33
63.200
27
66.000
37
60.900
63.200 Q
32 171 T

ALPHA’S WHY NOT

40
59.079
22
65.000
28
65.395
32
63.816
33
62.500
63.158 Q
33 130 T

FIRST FISHERMAN

32
64.605
37
59.342
32
63.684
28
65.658
39
60.000
62.658 Q
34 121 T

FAVORY DUBA 66

29
64.868
34
60.263
35
62.368
29
64.737
38
60.658
62.579 Q
35 133 T

VIVI LIGHT

36
61.974
32
61.316
35
62.368
35
61.842
35
61.842
61.868 Q
36 144 T

QUANDERUS

38
61.053
35
59.868
40
60.921
36
61.579
28
64.474
61.579 Q
37 107

WOLKENGLANZ

39
59.868
36
59.605
35
62.368
34
61.974
31
63.289
61.421 Q
38 162

ZAIRE

37
61.200
40
58.700
39
61.800
37
61.300
36
61.800
60.960 Q
39 122 T

WETTKONIG

35
62.368
37
59.342
38
62.105
42
58.158
32
62.763
60.947 Q
40 104 T

CAQUEL CAUTIVO

34
64.211
41
57.500
34
62.763
39
60.263
41
58.553
60.658 Q
41 123 T

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW

41
58.816
39
59.079
41
58.816
40
59.211
42
58.289
58.842 Q
42 182 T

PRETY WOMAN

42
56.316
41
57.500
42
56.579
41
58.947
40
59.605
57.789 Q
138

FOCO LOCO W

43
45.800
43
42.400
43
44.200
43
45.800
43
47.800
EL