Equestrian events at the Pan-Am Games begin Oct. 14.

Beezie Madden
Beezie Madden will be one of the riders representing the U.S. in the show jumping competition at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Leslie Potter

Every four years, top athletes from the western
hemisphere meet for the second-largest multi-sport event in the world. The
Pan-American Games are held the year before every summer Olympic year, and equestrian
events have been included since the beginning of the games in 1951.This year, the games are being held in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 15-29.

The United States is sending 14 horse-and-rider teams to compete for team and individual medals in the Olympic sports of eventing, dressage and show jumping.


The equestrian events begin with dressage competition from Oct. 14-19. The U.S. delegation is anchored by veteran rider Steffen Peters. Peters will be riding Weltino’s Magic, a 2002 Westphalian Gelding.

Rider Hometown Horse Breed
Heather Blitz Wellington, FL Paragon Danish Warmblood
Marissa Festerling Moorpark, CA Big Tyme Belgian Warmblood
Cesar Parra White House Station, NJ Grandioso Westphalian
Steffen Peters San Diego, CA Weltino’s Magic Westphalian


The eventing competition will begin on Oct. 20 and continue through Oct. 23. The eventing competition will be held at the Santa Sofia Golf Club, a separate venue from the other events.

Rider Hometown Horse Breed
Hannah Sue Burnett Ocala, FL Harbour Pilot Irish Sport Horse
Buck Davidson Ocala, FL Absolute Liberty Oldenburg
Jonathan Holling Ocala, FL Downtown Harrison Thoroughbred/Trakehner
Shannon Lilley Gilroy, CA Ballingowan Pizazz Irish Sport Horse
Michael Pollard Dalton, GA Schoensgreen Hanni

German Warmblood

Show Jumping

Olympians Laura Kraut and Cedric were originally part of the U.S. show jumping team for this year’s Pan-Am Games. However, Kraut has been competing in Europe this season, and due to quarantine and transportation logistics, would not be able to get Cedric to the games in time. Reserve rider Kent Farrington moves into Kraut’s spot amongst a group of seasoned international competitors. The show jumping competition will run from Oct. 24-29.

Show Jumping
Rider Hometown Horse Breed
Beezie Madden Cazenovia, NY Coral Reef Via Volo Belgian Warmblood
McLain Ward Brewster, NY Antarest F Wurttemberger
Christine McCrea East Windsor, CT Romantovich Take One KWPN
Kent Farrington Chicago, IL Uceko KWPN



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