Following a successful spring and summer training and competition program, the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the names of the Canadian Eventing Team who will compete in the Pan American Games Guadalajara Mexico October 21-23, 2011.  Selected according to the qualification thresholds and selection procedure, five rider/ horse combinations are named to the Team and nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee.  The Pan American Games eventing championship will be held at the Club Hipica and Santa Sophia Country Club in Guadalajara Mexico.

Named to the Team (in alphabetical order) are:
Rider                                  Hometown                          Horse                                                                                                  Owner
James Atkinson                Mountain Road, MB          Gustav, 1999 chestnut Oldenburg/TB gelding                            Carolyn Hoffos
Hawley Bennett-Awad    Langley, BC                        Five O’Clock Somewhere, 2001, bay American TB gelding       Rider, Sue Church & Kimberley Barron Rebecca Howard              Salmon Arm, BC                Roquefort, 1998, black, KWPN/TB gelding                                  Rider & The Fork Stables 
Jordan McDonald            Oakville, ON                        Apple Cider, 1999, dark bay,  Canadian KWPN /TB gelding    Amanda & Jorge Bernhard 
Jessica Phoenix                Uxbridge ON                      Pavarotti, 2002 bay Westphalian gelding                                    Don J.Good
The Team entries were nominated by Equine Canada to the Canadian Olympic Committee by the deadline of Tuesday September 6th, 2011.

In addition to selecting the Canadian Eventing Team members, at the discretion of the selectors the committee announces an accompanying list of horse/rider combinations to serve as alternate/substitutes for the Eventing Team for the 2011 Pan American Games.  If for any reason one of selected horse/rider combinations is unable to travel to the Pan American Games, then it may be possible, although subject to strict regulations, to replace a named substitute to the team.

Named as Alternates (in alphabetical order) are:
Rider                                   Hometown                     Horse                                                                                               Owner
Micheline Jordan              Ottawa, ON                    Irish Diamonds, 1998, bay, Canadian TB gelding                     Rider
Selena O’Hanlon               Elgin, ON                       Foxwood High, 2003, bay,  Canadian Sport Horse, gelding     John Rumble 
For rider biographies, please visit the Equine Canada web site at  

The Team and alternates will participate in a Training Camp in Ocala, Florida, USA, prior to the October 15th departure for Guadalajara.

The team trains under the leadership of David O’Connor, International Technical Advisor.  Eventing Chef d’équipe, Graeme Thom; stable manager, Debbie Furnas; team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober; team, farrier Randy Pawlak and team manager Fleur Tipton will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Own the Podium, Sport Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee and all of its sponsors, supporters, suppliers and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing Team in its quest for excellence.

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three days wins the competition. 

At the 2011 Pan American Games each eligible nation may compete up to five rider/horse combinations in the team and individual competition (with the best three scores to count towards the final team classification)  Nations which are unable to field a team may send one or rider/horse combinations to compete in the individual competition.

Provisional Schedule for the Pan American Games Eventing Competition

Friday, October 21                  Dressage 
Saturday, October 22              Cross Country

Sunday, October 23                 Show Jumping 
                                                   Awards Ceremony—Team and Individual

For specific times and competition details and results consult the Organizing Committee website  or the FEI web site