The Canadian Eventing team has been announced for the forthcoming Lima 2019 Pan American Games where they will be seeking Olympic qualification.
The eventing team is made up of a combination of veterans and those making their major games debut.
One of Canada’s most decorated Pan Am athlete Jessica Phoenix will head up the Canadian Eventing Team. Her horse, Pavarotti, is also a Pan Am veteran having helped Phoenix bring home individual gold and team silver in 2011 and individual silver and team bronze in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto in 2015.
“I am extremely honoured to have the chance to ride Pavarotti at a third Pan Am Games for Canada,” said Phoenix who is also a two-time Canadian Olympian. “We have had an extensive career together and it is such a blessing every time I get to compete with him. I can’t wait to ride on this team.”
Competing alongside Phoenix will be her long-time teammate Colleen Loach who will ride FE Golden Eye. Rounding out the team are Pan Am rookies Dana Cooke with Mississippi and Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes, who recen
tly secured a top five finish at the MARS Equestrian Bromont Three-Day Event.
Equestrian Canada has also named reserves for the squad: Waylon Roberts (Lancaster), Hawley Bennett-Award (Jollybo), Holly Jacks-Smither (Candy King) and Lesley Grant-Law (Lady Chatterley).
The 2019 Lima Pan American Games will prove especially meaningful for the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) by providing the opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. The Eventing team must secure a team gold or silver medal-finish in order to earn qualification.
Jon Garner, Equestrian Canada Director of Sport commented: “Though the CET has a different makeup for the first time in a long time, I have the utmost confidence in this group to achieve the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It will require single-minded focus from athletes and support teams alike, and I have no doubt that these teams will produce podium performances in Peru.”