Canada won gold in team dressage for the first time since 1991 at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible teams qualify to the games. Equestrian at the Pan American is currently being held in Lima, Peru from July 28th to August 10th 2019.
The Prix St. Georges/Grand Prix round was won by the United States, thanks to a superb performance by Sarah Lockman whom scored 76.088 points. The nation had a total score of 219.970 with Canada narrowly behind with 219.824 points. Due to eliminations, both Argentina and Chile were eliminated from the team competition.
The Intermediate I/Grand Prix Special round saw Canada improve slightly to win the round with a team score of 220.287, this was higher than the United States’ 217.821. This allowed Canada to win the gold medal with a combined team score of 440.111 to the United States’ 437.791. Canada along with bronze medalist Brazil (score of 408.696) won the Olympic quotas.
By qualifying a team, three athletes will also be eligible to compete in the individual event. All selected athletes must meet the minimum requirement to compete. This was the final opportunity for Pan American nations to qualify in team dressage. Individual riders can still qualify via the Olympic rankings. Equestrian at the Pan American Games continues with Olympic quotas being awarded in team eventing on Sunday.
Update: Due to Brazil’s failure to obtain the certificate of capability by December 31st 2019, the quota has been reallocated.