If you follow your countrys' National Teams at all, you may know the Pan American Games are coming to Toronto in 2015. Toronto is pretty close to us at just over a 2 hour drive. It was pretty exciting news when Toronto was granted with the games, because that meant we could watch the Equestrian Events in person! Eventing Championships? I think so....
From the Pan Am Games Toronto website:
"About the Pan American Games
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games."
A few months back I saw a posting looking for good Showjumping horses for the Modern Pentathlon portion of the games. I am somewhat familiar with this sport thanks to CoTH. There is always a lot of talk about the Showjumping portion of this when the Olympics are on. If you are not familiar with the Modern Pentathlon, it is quite the sport. I also think if you are a decent rider and good at the other portions - you may have a good advantage in this sport! It works sort of like the University teams, where the riders draw a horse and get some time to work it then away they go. All the riders have not ridden these horses before. I won't get into the details too much because I am a total noob regarding this but Wikipedia says;
"The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five events: fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting, and a 3200 mcross-country run. The sport has been a core sport of the Olympic Games since 1912, and since 1949 an annual World Championship has been held.
Originally the competition took place over four or five days; however in 1996 a one-day format was adopted in an effort to be more audience-friendly"
There is more info on Wiki if you care to read. Anyways, back to the story! I saw this post looking for horses and submitted Pennys' info. The courses are 3'3 to 3'6 and they require horses that are good jumpers and trustworthy. I sent the application with the videos requested and pretty much forgot about it. Then about a month ago I received an e-mail saying Penny was selected for further review and they wanted additional videos and information on her character and how she rides, etc. I replied with the requested information and then just waited.
Two weeks ago I received this email;
It's official! Miss Pen will be going to the Pan American games in Toronto next summer as a Modern Pentathlon Showjumper. I am excited in so many ways. Just even being able to attend will be an experience but to have my horse there hopefully helping some athlete possibly win a medal is pretty fun to think about! She could be ridden by someone from any one of the countries attending! I have a lot to learn about the sport and Penny and I will be focusing on her showjumping all spring and summer to make sure she is 100% on her game and ready for this. Not only that but I think we may be stabled with the other Equestrian athletes at the site, so we can rub shoulders with the *Big Guns* and maybe learn a thing or two while we are there!
Needless to say things around the blog might be a little exciting next summer! From now on I shall refer to her as Pan Am Penny :p Can't wait for this adventure!