Canadians Place Fourth, Fifth and Seventh in Pan Am Individual Dressage Final
Friday, October 21, 2011
Next in for Canada was Kroetch, 54, riding her own 10-year-old Hannoverian gelding Lymrix. Kroetch’s difficult choreography included a canter pirouette immediately following the initial halt, and a serpentine of two tempi changes. Her score of 76.325% placed her sixth in the Freestyle. Having finished ninth in the Intermediaire I two days earlier with a score of 71%, Kroetch improved on her ultimate placing, with an average score from the two tests of 73.663%, and seventh place overall. “It wasn’t my cleanest test, but my horse had moments of brilliance and I was thrilled with my score,” said Kroetch of her freestyle performance.
For Dvorak, the results in Guadalajara were reminiscent of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also placed fourth individually, having also claimed a team silver medal. “I’m still pleased to be fourth for a second time,” he said. “We gave it our best, and it was a personal best score for us in the Freestyle.”
The Canadian riders had high praise for the support they received from Team Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith of Brockville, ON, and Team Technical Leader Markus Gribbe of Germany. “Markus has been fabulous and Gina is like having my mom along; she’s so organized and calm,” said Kroetch. “It’s great to be a part of our team’s wonderful results and to be able to help,” said Smith, who was a member of Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Following the Prix St. Georges test held October 16, Canada won the team silver medal and, in doing so, achieved their goal of qualifying a team for the 2012 London Olympics. Unfortunately, under Pan American Games rules, only three riders per nation may advance to the Individual Final. Although the fourth member of the Canadian Dressage Team, 46-year-old Roberta Byng-Morris of Godmanchester, QC, was unable to compete on the final day, she placed 16th individually in her major games debut with her 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding Reiki Tyme.
The Canadian Dressage Team was assisted at the Pan American Games by Team Veterinarian Dr. Alan Manning. The Canadian Equestrian Team is supported at the Pan American Games by Team Leader Kerri McGregor of Newmarket, ON, and Assistant Team Leader Tina Collins of Loretto, ON.
2011 Pan American Games - Final Individual Dressage Results
Gold: Steffen Peters, United States, Weltino’s Magic, 82.640%
Silver: Heather Blitz, United States, Paragon, 81.917%
Bronze: Marisa Festerling, United States, Big Tyme, 77.545%
4.Tom Dvorak: Hillsburgh, ON, Viva’s Salieri, 75.190%
5.Tina Irwin: Stouffville, ON, Winston, 74.034%
6.Bernadette Pujals: Mexico, IUSA Rolex, 74.328%
7.Crystal Kroetch, Calgary, AB, Lymrix, 73.66%
For more information on the 2011 Pan American Games, held every four years, please visit www.guadalajara2011.org.mx.