Canada Wins Pan American Games Dressage Gold & 2020 Olympic Berth, So Does Brazil with Bronze While USA Takes Silver

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Tina Irwin and Laurencio leading Canada to Pan American Games gold and 2020 Tokyo Olympic berth. © Cealy Tetley/

LIMA, Peru, July 29, 2019–Canada won Pan American Games team gold Monday and a team start at the 2020 Olympics, while Brazil’s bronze earned a Tokyo berth and the United States already qualified for next year’s Games took silver.

Canada’s team gold medal was the fourth for the nation, the last time being in 1991 and ended America’s string of five straight golds and a total of eight since the Pan Ams were launched in 1951 as one of the world’s largest multi-sport championships held once every four years.

Canadian gold medal team riders at Pan American Games. Pan American Games. © Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images for FEI

By taking bronze, Brazil earned the second Tokyo Olympic berth available at these continental championships.

Sarah Lockman and First Apple, in the first championships for the pair and one of the United States’ three Small Tour combinations, was the top scoring individual duo as they were in the first of two days of competition. But it was not enough to hold on to the team’s slim overnight lead and the USA was awarded silver. The U.S. had already earned a Tokyo start with the silver medal performance at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last September.

Sarah Lockman on First Apple at the Pan American Games. Photo courtesy USDressage

Canada’s Tina Irwin on Laurencio, dropped back from Grand Prix to Small Tour to help Canada earn a start in Tokyo, and Lindsay Kellock on Floratina, got their team off to an early start Monday with Intermediate 1 scores of 73.853% and 73.147%, respectively.

They held the top two places until America’s Sarah Lockman and First Apple wrapped up the Small Tour division with a leading result of 75.912%.

Naima Moreira Laliberté on Statesman, a star in North American Youth Championships, in her first senior championship at the age of 22 clinched gold for Canada with a score of 71.787% in the Grand Prix Special with Jill Irving on Degas still to go. Jill’s score did not change the final results.

Final standings: 1. Canada 440.111; 2. USA 437.791; 3. Brazil 408.696; 4. Mexico 403.638; 5. Colombia 397.588; 6. Peru 367.912. Argentina and Chile were eliminated.

Scores for the medal teams–Prix St. Georges/Grand Prix and Intermediate 1/Grand Prix Specia

Canada – 438.621 – GOLD
Tina Irwin, 38, of Stouffville, Ontario and Laurencio, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Laurentio x Donnerhall) owned by Tina and Jaimey Irwin — 73.735% – 73.853%
Lindsay Kellock, 29, of Toronto, Ontario and Floratina, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Fidertanz x Rubin-Royal) owned by Chloe Gasiorowski — 73.180% – 73.147%
Naima Moreira Laliberté, 22, of Outremont, Quebec and Statesman, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Sandro Hit owned by KML S.à r.l. — 71.413% – 71.787%
Jill Irving, 56, of Moncton, New Brunswick and Degas, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Regazzoni) owned by Jill Irving’s Windhaven Farm — 68.391% – 67.851%

USA – 437.791 – SILVER
–Sarah Lockman, 30, of Murrieta, California, and First Apple, nine-year-old KWPN stallion (Vivaldi x T.C.N. Partout) owned by Gerry Ibanez — 76.088%  – 75.912%
Jennifer Baumert, 48, of Wellington, Florida and Handsome, 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Hochadel x Weltmeyer) owned by Betsy Juliano LLC — 72.441% – 70.380%
–Nora Batchelder, 35 years old, of Williston, Florida and Faro SQF, American-bred 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Fidertanz 2 x Rotspot) owned by Andrea Whitcomb and Nora — 71.441% – 71.529%

Brazil – 405.696 – BRONZE
João Paulo dos Santos, 35, and Carthago Comando SN, 12-year-old Brazil-bred Lusitano — 69.029% – 69.265%
João Victor Oliva, 23, and Biso das Lezírias, 13-year-old Lusitano stallion — 66.618% – 65.029%
Leandro Aparecido da Silva, 43, and Dicaprio, 17-year-old Oldenburg stallion — 67.326% – 66.298%
Pedro Tavares de Almeida, 25, and Aoleo, 16-year-old Lusitano stallion — 64.826% – 65.660%

João Paulo Dos Santos and Carthago Comando SN. © Luis Ruas/Brazil Confederation

Dressage individual medals for both Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix Freestyles are scheduled for Wednesday. The competition will be head-to-head as Big Tour combinations do not receive bonus points as they did in the two phases of the team competition.


Intermediate 1/Grand Prix Special

Judges-E: Brenda Minor-CAN H: Eddy de Wolff-NED C: Mary Seefried-AUS M: Janet Foy-USA B: Thomas Kessler-GER0