The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the nomination of the following athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Dressage Team and alternate for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the U.S. Team (in alphabetical order):
Nora Batchelder (Williston, Florida) and Faro SQF, the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with Andrea Whitcomb
Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, Florida) and Handsome, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Sarah Lockman (Wildomar, California) and First Apple, Gerry Ibanez’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion
Endel Ots (Wellington, Florida) and Lucky Strike, Max Ots’s 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding
The following athlete-and-horse combination has been named as the Alternate to the U.S. Team:
Nick Wagman (San Diego, California) and Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
The 2019 U.S. Pan American Dressage Team is subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The dressage competition will take place on July 28, 29, and 31 at the Equestrian Club Militar La Molina. The 18th edition of the Pan American Games will gather around 6,700 athletes, who will participate in 39 sports and 61 disciplines, of which 22 disciplines are qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. Dressage Team secured qualification for Tokyo as a result of winning team silver at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina).
For the dressage competition, countries can send mixed level teams. A team of four may have two, three or four small-tour combinations, with the remaining team riders competing at Grand Prix. Teams of three may have one, two or three small-tour combinations. Teams must have at least one Grand Prix combination to secure Olympic qualification. Bonus points of 1.5 percent will be added to the score of each Grand Prix pair in the team competition, but bonus points won’t count for individual final qualification or for the individual results.