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U.S. Jumping Team Wins Gold - Completes Equestrian Sweep of Team Gold at
2011 Pan American Games
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October 27, 2011
By Joanie Morris
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Everything was at stake for the American show jumping
team at the 2011 Pan American Games, including qualification for the 2012
Olympic Games. They faced the pressure and delivered the United States its
third Equestrian Team Gold medal of the 2011 Games - jumping eight clear
rounds in the Nations Cup today. Their score of 2.90 from the first class on
Wednesday didn't change and they led Brazil (11.58) and Mexico (13.24) in
the medal ceremony.
"It's the way they rode it's not the result," said Chef d'Equipe George
Morris. "I'm an ideological horseman. I'm not interested in it unless it's
By the time individual leader Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) went in the ring
as the last to jump for the team, she was jumping for herself, because the
U.S. team already won based on the clear rounds of her teammates.
But she rode another beautiful clear round on Coral Reef Via Volo to defend
her position and add to Team USA's momentum. The 13-year-old Belgian
Warmblood mare settled beautifully and jumped easily around Javier
Fernandez's course. Madden was also a member of the 2003 Pan American Games
Gold medal-winning Team. They lead the individual standings on a score of
"For me, I have a fantastic team here, they really didn't even need me
today," said Madden. "They all jumped clear and it has just been a fantastic
experience. The event is fantastic, our team, not only are they very good
horses and riders but it's been a great team to be around. And thanks to
George as our Chef d'Equipe - and thanks to my teammates. I think everyone
had a really nice time today."
Right behind her is teammate Christine McCrea (Windsor, CT) on a score of
.88 with Romantovich Take One. The 11-year-old KWPN gelding bounded
effortlessly around the track twice, making the entire event look
simple. This is McCrea's first team appearance at a championship and she is
capitalizing on the opportunity.
"I'm just really, really proud of us as a team," said McCrea. "We really
came together, we came here with a goal and we achieved it and I'm just
Right behind McCrea is the lead-off rider for the Team, McLain Ward
(Brewster, NY) has won two Olympic Gold medals, but even he felt the
pressure of today's occasion when he entered the ring on Grant Road
Partners, LLC's 11-year-old Wurttemberger gelding Antares F.
"I have to be honest, it was a lot of stress, this Olympic qualification,"
said Ward. "I felt a little more pressure today and yesterday than I have in
past Olympic Games. But it was obviously a fantastic event and I think this
is a great team. We came here with a very serious plan to not only try and
win but obviously to try to qualify for the Olympic Games. To not qualify
would have been a disaster for us. We're proud of that and everyone pulled
together. We have a great team around us, not only George and of course
pretty good horse so that makes the job a little bit easier."
He jumped a textbook round twice - improving on his performance from
yesterday and moving up into third place on a three-round score of 2.02.
Rounding out the U.S. effort in the individual standings, is the youngest
member of the team, Kent Farrington (Chicago, IL). He rode impeccably on a
horse that is developing into a real superstar this year. Uceko, an
11-year-old Dutch gelding, jumped the round that clinched the Gold - as the
third to jump on the team. They sit eighth in the individual standings.
"I think we came here with a really strong team and great riders," said
Farrington. "I think there are a bunch of other great riders here as well,
Brazil is very difficult as well as Mexico had a fantastic day. It was
fantastic show jumping and we had a great day with good horses and I'm very
The effort was phenomenal by the American side - this is the first time
since 1975, also in Mexico (Mexico City) that all three American teams have
won Gold at a Pan American Games.
"This is an A plus, the courses were fantastic, the technical coordination
was fantastic, the footing was very good..." said Morris. "The horses jumped
great - it's a beautiful club - A plus across the board."
The team is supported by a team that includes veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober,
farrier Todd Meister, physio Janus Marquis and reserve rider Mario
Deslauriers - who was an integral part of the effort.
The top three horses from each country (in the top 25 overall) will jump in
Saturday's individual final.
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