On Nov. 6, Pan American Sport Organization officials announced that the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Ont., Canada, will host the equestrian events at the 2015 Pan American Games/Parapan American Games.
The cross-country phase of eventing is the only equestrian event that will be held off site at Will O’Wind Farm.
Caledon Equestrian Park has held selection trials for Canada’s Olympic, World Championship and Pan American Games show jumping and dressage teams.
“Hosting the equestrian events of the 2015 Pan American Games will leave Caledon with a legacy of a world-class facility built on public lands,” noted Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison in a press release. “Caledon has a strong reputation in the equestrian community, and we are honored and thrilled to be hosting the equestrian events for the Games.”
The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Corporation estimates that the Games will create 15,000 jobs and bring more than 10,000 athletes and 250,000 tourists to Ontario.
Ontario won the bid with a $1.4 billion dollar plan to host the games, including the construction of six new athletic venues, a sustainable athlete’s village and renovation of several existing facilities.