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U.S. Endurance Team Takes Home Three Medals at 2011 Pan American Endurance Championships
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October 24, 2011
From the USEF Endurance Department
Lexington, KY - The U.S. Endurance Team collected a historic number of
medals at the 2011 Pan American Endurance Championships in Santo Domingo,
Chile. Taking the Team Silver medal in a combined time of 19:05:19 was John
Crandall III with Heraldic, Valerie Kanavy and Spectacular Gold and Deborah
Reich and Pandor. Meg Sleeper and Syrocco Cadence were eliminated at the
mandatory recheck at vet gate three. The team finished just one minute and
47 seconds behind the Gold medal team from Uruguay. The home team of Chile
took the Team Bronze.
The veteran pair of Crandall and Heraldic completed the 120km course in
6:03:38 to win the Individual Silver medal. Finishing in 6:05:47, Kanavy and
Spectacular Gold took the Individual Bronze. Riding for Uruguay, Bernardo
Algorta won the Individual Gold in 5:59:27. Reich and Pandor finished in
6:55:54 to place tenth. Riding as an individual Cheryl Van Deusen and Moro
Amado finished fifteenth.
The U.S. team led by Chef d'Equipe Emmett Ross, set a blazing pace in the
first three loops and were the team to catch most of the day. With Sleeper's
elimination at vet gate three the riders implemented a different strategy
for the fourth and fifth loops. This is the most medals the U.S. has
collected at an international Endurance competition.
"We are very happy with the two Silver medals and one Bronze," said
Ross. "Our riders had a fabulous go at it, we are proud of what we did and
more importantly how we did it."
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