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Team USA's Cara Raether and Ublesco Finish Eighth, Lead Americans in
Individual Show Jumping at XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-The last of the three equestrian disciplines
contested at the XV Pan American Games - show jumping - wrapped up at
Deodoro Military Complex outside of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The final
results were cause for celebration for Canada and Brazil. Team USA's
Cara Raether and Ublesco finished in eighth place, the highest spot
earned by an American combination on the last day of the XV Pan American
Two rounds decided the final prizes. There were three withdrawals from
the initial lineup of 33 horse-and-rider combinations, including one
American pairing - New Jersey's Laura Chapot and her Little Big Man, a
13-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood gelding who would have entered the
competition in eighth place. The horse had experienced a rough time in
Brazil, though performing well in the team competition. However, a
decision was made to not campaign the horse in the Individual final
considering upcoming competition in Sao Paolo. Another U.S. combination
- Todd Minikus and his Pavarotti (a 10-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood
gelding) - did not make the cut to compete in the Individual final after
experiencing a fall during the team competition.
A triple combination near the end of the morning's course asked quite a
bit of the jumpers, and it saw plenty of downed rails. In addition,
another four-meter open water caught many on the far side. The final
jump, a vertical over a Liverpool, denied many possible clear rounds and
added faults. The course saw its 23rd rider enter the ring before a
clean-and-clear round was posted - Mexico's Jose Antonio Chedraui and
Don Porfirio, doing so in 74.52 seconds.
First up for Team USA was Florida's resident Cara Raether and Ublesco (a
10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion), who came into the Individual
final in 10th place.
The pair downed the front rail of the oxer at fence seven, but went on
to clear the trying Liverpool to end on four faults in a time of 71.09,
well under the allowed clearance of 77 seconds. They sat, going into the
final round for an Individual medal, at eighth place.
"Today was a good day," said Raether. "The footing was good, even though
we had a lot of rain today. I was happy with my horse."
She was followed with clean-and-clear rounds by Brazil's Bernardo Alves
and Chupa Chup 2 and Canada's Eric Lamaze and Hickstead before the
second U.S. rider entered the ring.
Lauren Hough, aboard the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Casadora
(owned by Laura and Meredith Mateo), entered the final two rounds in
fifth place. She downed three poles to take on 12 faults - each of them
coming in the combinations. The first was the vertical in the double
combination at fence nine. Then she caught the first and second rails in
the triple combination - the oxer at 11a and the vertical at 11b. She
sat in ninth place going into the medal-deciding round.
Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa, whose face was splashed across newspapers in
Brazil on Saturday after his team's Gold-medal victory and who requires
a bodyguard in his native country, entered the ring aboard Rufus, a
nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. To great applause he put down a
clean-and-clear round to move into first place. The crowd was obviously
behind the star, singing his praises after his round, Brazilian flags
waving in the cold air.
Canada's Ian Millar and In Style followed Pessoa and took the lead,
clearing the course. Another Canadian - Jill Henselwood - followed
Millar on Special Ed, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, and stole the
lead from her countryman. Going clean-and-clear, she edged ahead.
The last to ride in the morning was the host country's Pedro Veniss. He
downed the first fence in the triple to end on four faults, sitting him
in fifth going into the final round.
The sun poked its head out finally for the final round, and it would
prove to be smiling down on the Canadian and Brazilian riders. Three of
the four top riders were Canadian and three of the top six belonged to
Brazil. The round contained one combination - a triple at eight - and
was followed by the round's last and tallest fence (10) at 1.6 meters.
Brazil's Cesar Almeida put in the first clean-and-clear round of the
afternoon to go into the lead.
He was followed by the sole U.S. rider to compete in the final, Cara
Raether and Ublesco. She downed the front rail of the oxer at five. She
completed the course, taking on one time fault to end on a time of
62.55, and momentarily move into first place. She would finish in eighth
place overall in the Individual competition.
"I was a little disappointed to have a rail in each round," she said. "I
would have liked to have been clean, but overall, I'm very happy."
Lauren Hough and Casadora did not go round. Afterwards, she said that
when it came down to numbers, she was out of contention for a medal, and
while she is one to ride for her country in this situation, she didn't
want to go around the course with next week's competition at Sao Paolo.
"Disappointed...that would be me," said Hough. "I would say the first
pole I had coming into the double, perhaps I could have done one more
stride in hindsight, but the triple? I'm always one to blame myself
first, but honestly she [Casadora] just didn't jump high enough. I can't
make it more complicated than that."
Mexico's Jose Antonio Chedraui and Don Porfirio took down the front rail
at the oxer at four, plus a time fault to bump Raether down a spot.
Ultimately, she would finish in eighth position.
Brazil's Bernardo Alves and Chupa Chup 2 took on their challenge and
downed rail 6 for four faults. He moved into the lead for the moment,
and was followed by countryman Pedro Veniss aboard Un Blancs de Blanc.
He knocked down his last rail, but still was able to move into the lead.
Canadian Eric Lamaze and Hickstead took their turn and a fault-free
round to jump to the front. They would end their work with a Bronze
Crowd-favorite Rodrigo Pessoa and Rufus returned to the ring for a final
round, and the crowd was electric. He sailed around the course
fault-free to guarantee himself a spot on the medal podium - Silver.
Two Canadians remained - veteran Ian Millar aboard In Style and leader
Jill Henselwood aboard Special Ed.
Millar downed the rail at five and the Brazilian fans erupted in
approval. He went on to complete the course with the sole four faults.
However, it would leave him in fourth, just off the medal podium.
Henselwood felt the weight of her country on her shoulders and certainly
rose to the occasion. With only one rail down across the five rounds of
jumping, she went clean-and-clear to bring home the Individual Gold
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