Articles: Press Release
U.S. Wins Dressage Gold Medal at 2003 Pan American Games
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Santo Domingo, DR- August 6, 2003- The United States successfully
defended its Championship title from 1999 by winning the Team Gold Medal
in dressage by the slimmest of margins with a score of 206.550 at the
2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Canada
won the Silver scoring 206.300 and Mexico came in third for the Bronze
with a score of 195.350 just slightly ahead of the home team of the
Dominican Republic with a score of 194.850.
The U.S. bested eight other nations, the largest equestrian contingent
in the history of the Pan Ams, for top honors. The USET squad consisted
of Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA riding Feliciano, owned by New Horizons
Dressage, LLC; Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH on Lucky Tiger owned
by St. Jacques and Lisa Belcastro; Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL,
riding her Much Ado and Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA on her
The Dressage team competition took place over two days, but it all came
down to the last rider on the final day. The fourth U.S. rider, Jan
Ebeling, impressed the judges enough to score a 70.400%, forcing Leslie
Reid of Canada, riding Mark, to give the performance of her life. As
the anchor rider, Reid had all the pressure, but she came through with a
score of 72.150%, the highest in the competition, but not good enough to
give her team the gold.
Waiting for the results, the tension in the air was thicker than the
humidity and when the scores were announced no one was sure who really
finished first. In the end, the gold was captured by only one-quarter
of one percent.
After hearing the results, Ebeling could not contain his excitement.
"This is so great!" said Ebeling. "It was so great to be a part of this
team. It was such an unbelievable experience, to look at the flags and
say "WOW! I'm here! I can't believe it! It was so much fun."
Pierre St. Jacques was the first U.S. rider on the second day and he
scored 69.35%, the second highest on the U.S. squad. St. Jacques was
elated, especially at the end of the test.
"When we were going down the center line I had the best feeling. I knew
we put in a solid, clean test," said St. Jacques. "I couldn't have done
it without my wife, though. Everything that happened in there was
because of her."
U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Chef d' Equipe Jessica Ransehousen was
thrilled with the performances of all the U.S. riders.
"They were wonderful," said Ransehousen. "I knew we would have to work
for the gold, but I was not surprised when we won. The U.S. continues
to do our best over and over."
The top 25 riders move onto the next round of competition, the
Intermediaire I test, which takes place on Friday. The U.S. has three
in the top ten and all four qualified to ride; Jan Ebeling is in third
individually, Pierre St. Jacques stands sixth, Carol Lavell is eighth
and Kristina Harrison-Naness currently stands in 13th place. On Sunday,
the top fifteen move on to the final test, the Intermediaire Free Style,
which determines the individual medals.