The United States successfully defended its team eventing title 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 dressage portion was won by the United States whom finished the round with 76.40 penalty points thanks to a top two finish by Tamara Smith and Boyd Martin. Canada was second with 81.30 points while Brazil rounded out the top 3 with 85.90 points. After that, the gap was almost 20 points showing the difference in strength between the top three nations and the rest of the continent.
The cross-country portion saw the elimination of Brazil’s Ruy Fonseca, leaving the nation with only three riders. Canada on the other hand had a very poor cross-country with two team members scoring a lot of penalty points. Overall the United States continued to lead the event with 91.20 penalty points followed by Brazil and Canada with 117.70 and 183.70 points respectively.
The jumping portion saw the top three nations perform near flawlessly with only Brazil incurring a total of 4.40 penalty points. Additionally, Canada’s Dana Cooke withdrew before the competing, but it did not affect the nation’s score. Overall, the United States won gold (91.20), Brazil won silver (122.10) and Canada won bronze (183.70).
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. Pan American nations will have one more opportunity to qualify a team at the Nations Cup Final. Individual riders can still qualify via the Olympic rankings. Equestrian at the Pan American Games continues with Olympic quotas being awarded in team jumping on Wednesday.