Three U.S. Dressage riders are in the top ten following the Intermediaire I at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Two U.S. riders are in medal contention going into Sunday’s culminating Intermediaire I Freestyle. Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA riding Feleciano, owned by New Horizons Dressage LLC and Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH on Lucky Tiger, owned by St. Jacques and Lisa Belcastro.
Ebeling is the highest U.S. rider and the best shot for a medal in fifth place overall with a combined score of 138.150. Ebeling dropped from third when he received of 67.750% in the Intermediaire I, placing him in sixth place for the day. Teammate St. Jacques is just behind Ebeling in sixth overall with 137.800, but St. Jacques seems to be improving ending up fifth for the day with a score of 68.450%. Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, riding her Much Ado is in tenth place with 131.750 and Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA and Kantor finished with 128.800 in 13th place.
The leader once again is Leslie Reid of Canada, riding Mark. Reid won the Individual qualifier with a 73.700% score and a combined score of 145.850. Sitting in the silver medal position is the Dominican Republic rider, Ivonne Losos de Muñiz, riding Inatana Las Marismas. Losos de Muñiz finished fourth on Friday with a score of 69.400%, but her combined score of 141.200 kept her in second overall. Bernadette Pujals of Mexico, riding Vincent, is in third overall with a combined score of 140.600. Dr. Cesar Parra who rides for Colombia, but resides New Jersey, is on the bubble in fourth with a combined score of 138.950 on Pik L.
Ebeling and Feleciano had a mishap that was not that big, affected their score in a big way.
“Some kids were playing on the bleachers and spooked my horse,” said Ebeling. It was unfortunate, but I think I am still in the running and I am going to go for it on Sunday. Things like that happen and you just have to understand and move on. My horse felt great and the only way I can catch up with this gang is to go for it.”
The top fifteen move on to the Intermediaire I Freestyle, but only three from each team are allowed to ride, so Harrrison-Naness will not participate. She was still happy to have had the experience at the Pan Ams.
“You do the best you can,” said Harrison-Naness. “I am very thankful for the horse that I have and that I am able to enjoy him. He was so honest and good, the whole experience here was great. I will still come back on Sunday to support my team. ”
Dressage events continue at the Palmarejo Equestrian Center until August 10 and are followed by the show jumping events, held August 13-16.