USA Wins Pan American Games Gold, Brazil Silver, Canada Bronze. Brazil & Canada Earn Paris Olympic Berths
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SANTIAGO, Oct. 23, 2023–The United States won Pan American Games team gold Monday, Brazil earned silver and Canada bronze. The results qualify both Brazil and Canada for a start at the 2024 Paris Olympics, joining USA that earned its berth at the 2022 world championships.
Gold was the ninth for USA since the first Pan Ams in 1951 while this was the second silver for Brazil, the other being in 1979.
Final standings of the two-days of team competition: 1. United States 450.670; 2. Brazil 443.343; 3. Canada 431.937; 4. Chile 423.672; 5. Argentina 405.950; 6. Mexico 405.890; 7. Colombia 397.793; 8. Ecuador Elim.
The order of the medals was in doubt until the last ride of the competition, by Brazil’s João-Victor Marcari Oliva on Feel Good VO whose score 75.362%, boosted to 78.362% by the addition of 3% Big Tour bonus moved Brazil into the silver medal spot ahead of Canada.
João-Victor, based in Portugal, and the 11-year-old Westfalen stallion Feel Good, was the highest overall individual rider and horse combination.
USA’s Sarah Tubman, based in Wellington, on First Apple, 2019 Pan Am individual gold and team silver medal pair, were second.
Julio Mendoza Loor of Ecuador on Jewel’s Goldstrike was third. Julio, based in Columbus, North Carolina, and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding was the only Big Tour combination on Ecuador’s team, but he is seeking to earn a start at Paris Olympics as an individual.
Christian Simonson on Son of a Lady got the U.S. team off to standout start for the second day by leading the Small Tour standings with a personal best 74.971% in the Intermediate 1 after the first day’s lead in the Prix St. Georges.
Christian, based in Wellington, Florida, and the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that were this year’s U.S. Intermediate 1 champions, was ranked sixth overall in the standings although there were no bonus points for Small Tour.
“We’re just so fortunate to have each other as a team,” Sarah Tubman said. “This is a very young team to represent the U.S. and we really brought it.
“Apple was fantastic today and he really gave me everything in there. It’s another personal best for us and I’m just so proud of the way he’s continued to rise to the occasion for me.”
The Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix Freestyles for individual medals will be on Wednesday.
Julio Mendoza Loor (ECU)
João-Victor Marcari Oliva (BRA)
Feel Good VO
Sarah Tubman (USA)
Renderson Silva de Oliveira (BRA)
Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN)
Sound of Silence 4
Anna Marek (USA)
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz (DOM)
Svenja Grimm (CHI)
Naïma Moreira Laliberté (CAN)
Codi Harrison (USA)
Mathilde Blais Tétreault (CAN)
Virginia Yarur (CHI)
Micaela Mabragaña (ARG)
Manuel Rodrigues Tavares De Almeida Neto (BRA)
Paulo Cesar Dos Santos (BRA)
Fidel Da Sasa JE
Patricia Ferrando (VEN)
Gabriel Martin Armando (ARG)
Maria Viktorovna Ugryumova Mikhailova (MEX)
Fiorella Mengani (ARG)
Assirio D Atela
Carolin Mallmann (URU)
Marcos Santiago Ortiz Diez (MEX)
José Ramón Beca Borrego (URU)
Darro Do Sobral
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Christian Simonson (USA)
Son of a Lady
Beatrice Boucher (CAN)
Mario Vargas (CHI)
Carolina Cordoba Wolf (MEX)
Maria Alejandra Aponte Gonzalez (COL)
Lord Of The Dance
Andrea Vargas (COL)
Carlos Maldonado Lara (MEX)
Maria Jose Granja (ECU)
Carlos Fernandez (CHI)
Juliana Gutierrez Aguilera (COL)
Santiago Cardona (COL)
Maria Florencia Manfredi (ARG)
Hands Up Chaparrita Z
Stephanie Engstrom Koch (DOM)
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