The show jumpers were ready to go on Tuesday, July 21, for the first day of show jumping at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. This round was more about giving the riders a chance to get comfortable with the arena and the jumps, so the course was more inviting than it will be when the real test begins on Thursday, July 23 for the team competition. As expected there were a lot of clear goes in this very first round with 30 clear out of a starting field of 50. Many of the rounds negotiated the course with ease. The remaining riders had faults that ranged from one time fault to 17 jumping and time faults.
All of the U.S. team, consisting of McLain Ward aboard Rothchild, Lauren Hough on Ohlala, Kent Farrington on Gazelle and Georgina Bloomberg on Lilly went clear. Canada was the only other team whose members all had zero faults. Representing Canada is Yann Candele riding Showgirl, Tiffany Foster on Tripple X III, Eric Lamaze and Coco Bongo and Ian Millar aboard Dixson.
The other countries represented include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. There are a few more countries represented for individual medals including Bermuda, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru all with two riders each. Lima Peru is where the next Pan American Games will be held. Barbados is also represented with one rider.
Argentinean Jose Maria Larocca riding Cornet Du Lys had only one fault while Rene Lopez aboard Con Dios III for Columbia had two time faults.
After that 10 riders had four faults each, one had five, three had eight, one had 10, two had 12 and Juan Rodriguez Silva on Bugati from Guatamala was the rider with the most faults (17), the result of four poles down for 16 faults and one time fault.
After two rounds for the team competition on Thursday, the team medals will be presented and then the top 35 riders move on to the individual finals on Saturday, July 25th, the last day of these Pan American Games.