The U.S. Eventing Side concluded competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Sports capturing the squad gold medal and securing their qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer on Sunday. Olympic followers from all over the world are asked to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Eventing followers can book Olympic Eventing Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
The squad finished on a cooperative score of 91.2, producing four double clear labors in the final phase. Brazil made the second Olympic 2020 qualification slot and over on a 122.1 to collect side silver. Canada over in third place with an overall score of 183.7, for bronze. Separately, Boyd Martin rode Tsetse leg to gold, while teammate Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play earned the silver. Doug Payne finished just off the podium with Star Witness for fourth place, while Tamie Smith and Mai Baum settled their weekend in 17th.
Tamie Smith (Murietta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Loredano x Rike) owned by Alex Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, & Erick Markell, were the first U.S. combination to test the show jumping track, designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), and produced a beautiful double clear round to jump-start the day for the United States.
“He feels ready to go again. He just felt great today. He really ate up the atmosphere and couldn’t have been better. I’m really proud of him,” said Smith.
For championship like this, you display up and the vast amount of provision that we get both from U.S. Equestrian, the holders, all of the support staff. We are actually the top that’s visible, but we wouldn’t be here deprived of their help, and of course the horses. They put forward a countless effort and we’ll forever be grateful.
“This is a group that knows each other already. We all get along really well, and it does make the pressured environment easier when you have a group of people that supports each other when things don’t always go according to plan. It’s pretty special to not have everything go one-hundred percent for everyone yesterday and to come back out and do four clean rounds. It’s a nice feeling to wrap everything up with.”
“This is a big relief. We all worked very, very hard. There was a lot of pressure coming here, and it’s just good to pull off a good performance. I think it was a brilliant competition. It was everything you dream of in a championship. I reason the crowd had a thrilling contest to the very finish, and this was much firmer of competition than I expected. We came here and were under the gun a bit, and we all stepped out and tried our hardest…we have great horses and good riders. We have the best coach. There was no stone left unturned.”
In a decisive and highly-anticipated competition for the U.S. Eventing Team, Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander led with a composed and stead-fast aura, giving his team both the guidance and confidence needed to achieve their goal of securing qualification for Tokyo Olympic.
“I’m just honestly really pleased to be a part of this group. Today is the rider’s day and the owner’s day. I’ve seen how much work these guys have put into this; the preparation and how much it means to them, and then be able to execute. I couldn’t wish for a better ending than four clear rounds, and that’s a really strong performance. Everybody remained on task through to the very end. Doubt we can keep structure on what we did here and keep that impetus it will get us closer and closer. It’s about using every day we have before Tokyo to keep improving in the same manner that we’ve been working now,” he concluded.
The competition also marked the end of an era for the U.S. Eventing Side, as Managing Director Joanie Morris finished her final championship competition with the program. Morris, who has been a figurehead within the self-control for the last decade, closed out her tenure achieving the only goal for the Pan American Sports, earning the coveted qualification.
“I’m incredibly proud of this entire team. This job has been an unbelievable privilege, and I was proud to see it through to Olympic 2020 qualification, as that was the goal here. Individual gold and silver are just the frostings on the cake, and it was two riders who have been in this program since the beginning of my time with US Equestrian. I’m very pleased with them and look forward to all of the side’s successes in the future.”