|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 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.
|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.
|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||
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.
|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|