Pan American Games Super Six in Photos

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PALGRAVE, Ontario, July 12, 2015–As expected, the Pan American Games Nations Cup was for the United States to lose and that could still happen as the second day of competition will decide which country gets to send a team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

The Canadian Small Tour combinations of Brittany Fraser on All In and Chris Von Martels on Zilverstar showed what they predicted just days before this hemispheric championship that they would give the Americans a run for the money.

It took the combined efforts of Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades at Big Tour and Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin at Small Tour to insure the United States had a clear lead after the first of two days of the team competition. Their plan is to repeat it for the second day for the United States to take home the fifth straight team gold medal from the Pan Ams that are held once every four years and this year were a unique–and privately disparaged by many–mix of Big and Small Tour combinations.

The top six individuals in the Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix turned out to also be the three scores that counted for the United States and Canadian teams.

Some highlights of their rides:

1. Steffen Peters and Legolas

Steffen Peters and Legolas finishing their Grand Prix ride in the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas finishing their Grand Prix ride in the Pan American Games Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

2. Brittany Fraser and All In.

Brittany Fraser and All In. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.
Brittany Fraser and All In. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.
Brittany Fraser and All In. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brittany Fraser and All In. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

3.  Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

4. Laura Graves and Verdades

A big, bolder moving Verdades ridden by Laura Graves but a mistake in the one-tempi changes put them into fourth place. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
A big, bolder moving Verdades ridden by Laura Graves but a mistake in the one-tempi changes put them into fourth place. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves o Verdades appeared to enjoy the moment. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves o Verdades appeared to enjoy the moment. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

5. Chris Von Martels and Zilverstar

Chris Von Martels and Zilverstar that were the pacesetters for the top group. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chris Von Martels and Zilverstar that were the pacesetters for the top group. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chris Von Martels on Ziverstar knew the pair performed their best. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chris Von Martels on Ziverstar knew the pair performed their best. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

6. Belinda Trussell and Anton

Belinda Trussell on the seasoned Anton. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Belinda Trussell on the seasoned Anton. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ashley Holzer has been key in Canada's success as the coach of both Small Tour pairs, Brittany Fraser on All In and Chris von Martes on Zilverstar. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ashley Holzer has been key in Canada’s success as the coach of both Small Tour pairs, Brittany Fraser on All In and Chris von Martes on Zilverstar. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com