With yet another equestrian discipline not being televised by the Canadian Broadcast Company, our reporter Diana De Rosa, has done her best to share some of the color, beauty, and behind the scenes images, even television cameras (if they had been there) would not have seen. This cross country course for the Pan American Games, Toronto, course was designed in a snakelike serpentine it afforded opportunities at some locations to shoot more than one jump. Some photographers choose to sit in one location (usually the water jump) and shoot that all day because often the water jumps have three separate jumping options plus the gallop through the water (which was the case here). Other photographers prefer to wander around the course and capture as many jumps as possible (my choice). Although it’s not always easy to photograph more than one jump because of the crowds, here it was a tiny bit easier because they limited the tickets sold to 5200 which isn’t as many as usual at an event of this magnitude.
In general most of the riders took the direct route and although there were 10 of the 42 riders eliminated, overall most of the horses and riders walked away without difficulty. But since you are eliminated when you fall, it did mean walking away.
The toughest fall of the day took place at the water jump for the next to last rider, Argentinian Marcelo Javier Rawson riding Larthago. They had a problem at the first fence. The rider flipped and the horse cut just under his chest a bit. But the vets came right away and the horse was able to walk onto the trailer and be attended to right away.
All that walking around gave me a chance to shoot a picture of all the fences on the course and so take a moment to see what these horses had to negotiate. There are also a bunch of candid fun shots around the grounds as well as at least one picture of many of the horses, with a few more still to come.
The first rider galloped onto the course at 11:00 a.m. and by 2:30 the last rider, Boyd Martin, had completed his course on Pancho Villa. Once the scores were tallied, the U.S. team continued in the top spot with all four among the top seven.
Individually it is Brazilian Ruy Fonseca who is leading with one more day to go. Fonseca was riding Tom Bombadill Too, a former livery horse turned international star. Just behind him is U.S. rider Marilyn Little on RF Scandalous. And behind them in third is Canadian Jessica Phoenix riding Pavarotti.
The final show jumping phase takes place on Sunday, July 20, where just one rail down can easily change the order. So, stay tuned for a more detailed report tomorrow on what has happened over the past three days. In the meantime feel free to find more details at www.Toronto2015.com