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Historic Team Gold Medal for U.S. Eventing Team at the 2011 Pan Americans Games
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October 23, 2011
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - In an unprecedented effort, the U.S. Eventing Team
stormed to Team Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in classic style. All
five team members added nothing to their dressage scores, to finish on 138.6
- a feat never before achieved in a Team Eventing Championship.
After winning the dressage, they jumped five spectacular clear rounds on
Saturday's cross-country course, for the first time in anyone's memory and
then sealed the victory at Club Hippica with double-clear show jumping.
"I would like to give a really special congratulations to my team," said
Chef d'Equipe Mark Phillips. "Five people finishing on their dressage score
- that's never been done before in the history of our sport."
Anchored by Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL), who led the way on Absolute Liberty
as the pathfinder for the U.S. Team - he set a standard that the entire team
maintained for three days. It was a truly phenomenal effort and all four of
them finished within eight points of each other.
"We have really good horses, we were well-coached, we have a great staff and
we came here with that mission - to put in personal bests," said
Davidson. "And a big thanks to Mexico - it's been a great trip."
They head into this afternoon's Individual Jumping Final on the following
2nd Michael Pollard (Dalton, GA) and Nathalie Bouckaert's Schoensgreen Hanni
3rd Hannah Burnett (The Plains, VA) and Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot -
4th Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Sharon Will's Absolute Liberty - 48.9
Due to a PASO regulations, only three members of any one team can jump in
the individual final, so
unfortunately they do not get to jump for an individual medal. They were in
fifth and sixth place individually after the Team competition.
Shannon Lilley (Gilroy, CA) and The Lilley Group's Ballingowan Pizazz - 49.3
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, VA) and her own Donner - 52.2
The Individual jumping begins at 3:30 Central.
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