Canadian Dressage Team Ready To Begin Lima 2019 Pan Am Games
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Canadian dressage athletes, Jill Irving of Moncton, NB, Tina Irwin of Stouffville, ON, Lindsay Kellock of Toronto, ON, and Naima Moreira Laliberté of Outremont, QC are ready to kick off the equestrian portion of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.
The Canadian Dressage Team for the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games. Left to right: Jill Irving, Lindsay Kellock, Christine Peters (Chef d’Équipe), Tina Irwin, Naima Moreira Laliberté. Photo Credit: © Cealy Tetley - www.tetleyphoto.com
Following the first official horse inspection on July 26, where all 43 entries passed, dressage competition at the Games begins on July 28. The first day of competition will feature the Grand Prix for the big tour athletes, and Prix St. Georges for the small tour, with results counting toward both the team competition and the first individual qualifier. The team medals will be decided on July 29 following the Grand Prix Special and Intermediate I. From there, the top 50% in the rankings from both the big and small tour will move forward into the Grand Prix Freestyle and Intermediate I Freestyle, respectively, to compete for individual medals.
Irving, 56, will be representing Canada on the world stage for the second time, having made her major games debut at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in North Carolina. In Lima, she will be riding in the big tour with her WEG mount, Degas 12 (De Niro 6 x Regazzoni), a 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Irving and Windhaven Farm. Since 2013, they have been racking up top placings at the FEI level, and in 2017 helped the Canadian Dressage Team earn its first-ever gold medal in the prestigious CDIO 3* FEI Nations Cup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.
“The Canadian Dressage Team is ready to get the Games started,” said Christine Peters, Equestrian Canada Senior Manager, Olympic/Paralympic Program and the Canadian Dressage Team Chef d’Équipe for Lima 2019. “All of our athletes look great, the horses have settled in well, and training rides have been going according to plan.”
Peters continued, “Our team has a mix of experienced and up-and-coming talent, and we are ready to claim our position on the podium and earn our qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
A total of 43 horse-rider combinations are expected to compete in dressage at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, representing over 15 countries. With even more than medals on the line, the top two teams not already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will earn their berth.
For more information on equestrian events at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, including the full schedule of equestrian competition, entries and results, please visit www.lima2019.pe/en. To follow the CET’s #RideToLima through results coverage, behind-the-scenes content and breaking news, visit www.equestrian.ca/events-