US Equestrian has announced an update to the U.S. Eventing Team for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Unfortunately, Tamie Smith has withdrawn Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, as announced through Smith's Facebook page. Smith’s direct reserve horse Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell, will replace Fleeceworks Royal. A direct reserve horse is an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum join the following athlete-and-horse combinations on the Pan American Games U.S. Eventing Team previously announced.
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) with Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Trakehner gelding
Direct Reserve: On Cue, Turner’s 13-year-old English Sport Horse mare
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) with Starr Witness, an eight-year-old KWPN mare owned by Payne, Laurie McRee, and Catherine Winter
Direct Reserve: Vandiver, a 15-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley, Jessica Payne, and Doug Payne
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate LLC’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
The following athlete-and-horse combination has been named as the Traveling Reserve to the U.S. Eventing Team:
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) with Cooley Quicksilver, The Monster Partnership’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
The 2019 U.S. Pan American Eventing Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
In preparation for the Pan American Games, members of the U.S. Eventing Team will compete at the Maryland International CCI3*-S, July 5-7, as well as The Barbury International Horse Trials CCI3*-S, July 4-7. The Pan American Games eventing competition will take place August 1-4 at the Equestrian Club Militar La Molina. The 18th edition of the Pan American Games will gather around 6,700 athletes, who will participate in 39 sports and 61 disciplines, of which 22 disciplines are qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. Eventing Team must secure a team gold or silver medal-finish at the Pan American Games to earn qualification for Tokyo.
View more information about the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
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