Articles: Press Release
Team USA Takes Silver Medal At 2005 Pan American Championships
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April 20, 2005
It was a Silver-medal performance for Team USA at the 2005 Pan American
Senior Team Championships on Friday, April 15, in the host city of
Pinamar, Argentina. Battling against the U.S. athletes for a spot on
the medals stand were two South American nations - Uruguay (Gold) and
Brazil (Bronze). Fifty-four combinations started the ride with 29
completing the full distance of 100 miles. The ride was held under
ideal conditions, which made for a competitive race.
The U.S. Team started the event with eight horse/rider combinations -
four entering the Individual competition, plus a team of four entered in
the Team Championship. The Individual competitors were: Danielle
Kanavy McGunigal (Viewtown, VA) riding Flash Flame; Stephen Rojek (South
Woodstock, VT) riding Finally; Stephanie Teeter (Oreana, ID) riding Mora
Afamada; and, Margaret Sleeper, VDM, (Frenchtown, NJ) riding LM Shaibum.
The Team was comprised of: 2003 Pan American Endurance Champion Cia Reis
(Pennsdale, PA) riding Catch A Wave; 1994 and 1998 World Champion
Valerie Kanavy (Fort Valley, VA) riding Emphatic; Dinah Rojek (South
Woodstock, VT) riding Phoenix; and Deborah DeShon (South Paris, ME)
riding AF Stogie.
Kanavy's mount, Emphatic, was pulled from competition at the second vet
check for a mild lameness, however the remaining three members of Team
USA completed the test in Silver-medal-winning time. Uruguay's time of
33:40:00 set the pace for the championship, with the U.S. athletes
finishing on a time of 35:26:00.
The Senior Individual title went to a member of the Uruguay contingent -
Johana Fort riding Luna Llena. Two Argentine riders - Mercedes Tapia
aboard Ras Kasal and Miguel Pavlovsky aboard Moro Tigre - took the
Silver and Bronze medal wins respectively. Tapia's mount took the Best
In the Junior/Young Rider Team competition (staged at 75 miles) it was
another victory for South America as Brazil's team of young endurance
riders took the win. Argentina claimed the Silver medal and Uruguay
finished the race in Bronze medal position.
Uruguay's Ignacio Barberouse riding Don Roque won the 2005 Junior/Young
Rider Individual Pan American Championship title. Two Brazilians -
Andre Vidiz riding Kilina HVP and Mario Schioppa Neto riding WN Barasha
- finished with Silver and Bronze medal performances.
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