USEA Board of Governors member Morley Thompson is on the ground in Lima, Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games and will be sharing his thoughts from the spectator's seat!
What a thrill today to hear our national anthem twice and to see American flags hoisted three times!
Our team turned in four double clear rounds (there were only eight all day) showing style and class. Tamie Smith had the spectators around me talking about her smooth, steady seat and hands. Doug Payne showed his jumper experience having a round that was 3 seconds faster than anyone else all day. Boyd Martin and Lynn Symansky both showed themselves to be the seasoned international stars that they are.
Reflecting on yesterday: I heard that when FEI officials arrived at the venue they made the crew modify almost every jump on the course, toning down the difficulty. Imagine what the fallout would have been from the original course!
It was a thrill to be here for this triumphant experience with all of our team, both human and equine, demonstrating their great skill. It's exactly 12 months until the Tokyo Olympics and Chef d'Equipe Erik Duvander and all our riders now have a great opportunity but also an intense period ahead of them. Go USA!
We know a lot about the athletes representing the USA on our Tokyo team, but what about those essential people, the grooms? Catherine Austen finds out more about Courtney Carson, Emma Ford, and Steph Simpson in this edition of Tokyo Talk.
Ian Stark’s cross-country course resulted in changes among the FEI divisions on Saturday
Cross-country day for the FEI competitors at Rebecca Farm resulted in big changes in the top three standings in the 4* divisions. The current top three riders in the CCI4*-Long all put in double-clear rounds to maintain their dressage scores from the first day of competition.
Phillip Dutton and Z are on the road to Tokyo! Dutton, the 6-time Olympian, is going into his 7th Olympic Games. Dutton’s first three Olympics he represented Australia and helped secure the team gold medal twice (1996 - team gold, 2000 - team gold, and 2004). The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games that Dutton rode for the U.S., and he has been on the U.S. Olympic team ever since. Dutton’s most recent Olympic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he earned the individual bronze medal with Mighty Nice.
Rebecca Farm FEI dressage scores are tightly packed
The FEI competition at Rebecca Farm continued today with the CCI3*-Long, CCI4*- Short, and CCI4*- Long dressage. With scores ranging from the mid-20s to the low 30s, the standings in all divisions are tightly packed.