Articles: Press Release
United States Riders Finish Fifth, Sixth and Seventh in the
Individual Dressage Competition at 2003 Pan American Games
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Jamie Saults, (646) 552-1352 or email@example.com
Santo Domingo, DR- August 10, 2003- The U.S. Dressage riders finished
fifth, sixth and seventh in the Individual Dressage Competition at the
2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic after the
conclusion of the freestyle competition.
Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA riding Feleciano, owned by New Horizons
Dressage LLC, remained in fifth place, to finish as the top scorer for
the United States, with a combined score of 206.750 after the Prix St.
Georges, Intermediaire I, and Intermediaire Freestyle. Pierre St.
Jacques of Boscawen, NH on Lucky Tiger, owned by St. Jacques and Lisa
Belcastro, took sixth scoring 203.700. The biggest jump in the freestyle
was by Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, riding her Much Ado, who moved
up from tenth to sixth with a combined score of 202.900.
Leslie Reid of Canada, riding Mark, owned by Marie Andrews, wowed the
crowd and captured the gold medal with a combined score of 222.100.
Reid never saw anything but the top spot throughout the three phases of
the competition and continued her winning ways with a flawless
performance in the Freestyle, scoring 76.250%. Bernadette Pujals of
Mexico and Vincent moved up from the third spot with an outstanding test
to win the Silver medal with a combined score of 213.400. The bronze
went to the hometown favorite, Yvonne Losos de Muniz of the Dominican
Republic, riding Inatana Las Marismas with 212.000.
Ebeling and Feleciano put in a respectable test scoring 68.600 for the
Freestyle, which he considered good.
"I had one little mistake, but I thought my horse did really well," said
Ebeling. "Our degree of difficulty was not as high as the others, but
he is a young horse and I was very pleased with his consistency. My
horse came through when it counted in the Prix St. Georges, and going
last and helping the team win the gold was really, really good. Our
goal for the competition was to win the gold for the team and we
achieved that goal. This whole experience was wonderful and very, very
Pierre St. Jacques had a few minor problems and finished tenth in the
Freestyle with a score of 65.900% but was able to keep his sixth overall
placing. St. Jacques agrees with Ebeling and considers the Pan Ams a
"I needed fifteen more minutes to warm up," said St. Jacques. "He saw
the crowd and really was on the muscle. This has been so wonderful,
though. I was even supposed to be here, and to win the gold medal was
Carol Lavell had a great test finishing third in the Freestyle with a
score of 71.150% moving her up three spots in the final overall
standings. She was pleased with her finish and wants to celebrate her
experience in Santo Domingo.
"I am going to open a big bottle of Champagne and toast my horse," said
Lavell. "I was so happy with him. I wanted to go home with at least
one good ride and he gave me more. He was very proud of himself today."
Show Jumping begins on Wednesday, August 13, with the first Individual
qualifier. The U.S. squad has a big job ahead of them since they are
using the Pan Ams for a qualifier for next year's Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece. The gold and silver team medalists at the Pan Ams will
earn a spot in Athens, while the country with the best score counting
all four team member performances will also qualify.
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