Travel, Caledon, Ontario: PanAm Equestrian Eventing Silver

Rider Jessica Phoenix

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti heading to the most challenging combination of the course

“Equestrian riding is a sport where no one wants anyone to fail terribly or get hurt regardless of what team they are on. The audience applauds all competitors for a course well completed, because fans really appreciate the art of equestrian jumping. … “

This is an astute observation from the non-horsey companion who attended the PanAm Eventing Jumping competition with me July 19, 2015 at the Caledon Equestrian Park near Toronto, Ontario.

US Marilyn Little Gold Medal winner Eventing

US Marilyn Little Gold Medal winner

Previously, he’d admitted he likes watching horse jumping as much as I like watching golf. (I don’t like golf). So I’d like think he now has cultivated some appreciation for the world’s greatest sport: show jumping. Or in this case, Eventing jumping at the PanAm Games.

Outside of the two-hour event (with one fifteen minute break), my PanAm experience at the Caledon Equestrian Park was a nightmare. (See previous post).

However, the riding was incredible. And Canada rocked.

CAN Waylon Roberts

CAN Waylon Roberts on Bill Owen

Held every four years prior to the Summer Olympics, the PanAm Games is a summer sporting event for a variety of athletes from North and South America. Like the Olympics, cities bid on the opportunity to host, and Toronto has been prepping, hyping and holding up traffic for more than a year to get this done.

Without Europeans competing in equestrian events, U.S. and Canadian riders have an improved chance to medal – and both teams took full advantage.

Grey horse for Chile's grey uniforms

Grey horse for Chile’s grey uniforms

Coached by ‘Captain Canada,’ the legendary Ian Millar, the Canadian Eventing Team took third place with a score of 163 overall after three days of dressage, cross-country and jumping. The U.S. won the Gold with a score of 133 and not far behind was the impressive Brazilian team with a score of 140.70.

South American Military-style Equestrian Uniforms

South American Military-style Equestrian Uniforms

Who brought the house down (well, equestrian style) on July 19, was Canadian Jessica Phoenix riding Pavarotti – the Phoenix/Pavarotti team took home the individual silver in Eventing with a score of 42.10, only 1.8 behind Gold winner Marilyn Little on RF Scandalous of the U.S.A. With a score of 42.9, Brazilian Ruy Fonseca on Tom Bombadill Too earned the Bronze.

Phoenix (31) came into the competition as the title defender; she also won Gold at the PanAm games in Mexico 2011.

Ian Millar and PanAm Games Canadian Team

Ian Millar and PanAm Games Canadian Team

Walking the course at the PanAm Games

Walking the course at the PanAm Games


  1. […] The first qualifying rounds are on July 23 at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Ontario, Canada. The finals are July 25, same place. This event I won’t be watching live because tickets were already sold out the day they went on sale. However, check out my Eventing Jumping report here. […]


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