High Hopes for U.S. Eventing Team at the 2015 Pan American Games
The 2015 Pan American Games are set to get underway tomorrow
(Friday, July 10) in Toronto, with over 6,100 athletes from 41
nations taking part in over 36 different sports.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, and its customers, will be
focused on the performances of the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team
- riders Lauren Kieffer, Marilyn Little, Boyd Martin and Phillip
While the Pan Am Games run for about two weeks, July 17, 18 and
19 will be the days when the most cheers are heard, as these are
the days when the team will compete in the grueling Three-Day
Eventing part of the competition.
Often called the triathlon of equestrianism, the Three-Day
Eventing portion of the competition is where the same horse and
rider compete in three separate disciplines: Dressage, Show
Jumping, and Cross Country.
To help with often-challenging transportation needs, a fleet of
2015 Land Rover LR4 and Range Rover vehicles has been shipped to
Toronto for the team’s exclusive use.
“Land Rover is a very proud supporter of the U.S. Eventing
Team and our United States Equestrian Federation partners. Our
hopes, expectations and sincerest best wishes go out to the U.S.
Pan America Eventing Team, its riders, and Chef
d’Equipe,” says Kim McCullough, Vice President of
Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America.
Fresh from her victory in the Pan American Games Preparation
Event at the recent Land Rover Great Meadow International presented
by Adequan in The Plains, VA last month, 28-year-old Lauren Kieffer
has enjoyed a remarkable year so far.
It began with a win in March at Red Hills International in
Tallahassee, Fla. followed by several top 10 placings throughout
the spring. At the recent Jersey Fresh International, Kieffer took
a class first and second. For the Games, she will be riding Marie
Le Menestrel's eight-year-old mare, Meadowbrook’s
Marilyn Little, who is 34, was a successful show jumper at the
International Grand Prix level before taking up the sport of
eventing in the fall of 2010. This year, Little has had six wins in
FEI competition and, together with Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and
Michael Manders' 10-year-old mare RF Scandalous, has remained
unbeaten since the pair’s Galway Downs International win in
October 2014. For the Games, Little will be riding RF
Australian native Boyd Martin, 37, who relocated to the U.S. in
2007, was the highest-placed American at the 2014 Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games. Martin has already had a busy, and successful
spring, taking a second at the Carolina International, second at
Fair Hill and third at the Jersey Fresh. He will be riding the
12-year-old gelding Pancho Villa in Toronto.
Hugely-experienced Phillip Dutton, 53, is also a native of
Australia, acquiring U.S. citizenship in 2006. After a storied
career, in which he was part of the Gold Medal winning team, and
Individual Silver Medalist, at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio,
he continues to take the podium.
At this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by
Land Rover, riding the 12-year-old gelding Fernhill Cubalawn,
Dutton was named 2015 Rolex/USEF CC14* Eventing National Champion.
For the Games, he will be taking both Fernhill Cubalawn and
“This is a hugely-talented team of riders and horses, with
very strong leadership and support. This is a team that is
definitely going for Gold,” adds McCullough.
The opening ceremony for the 2015 Pan American Games will
take place tomorrow, Friday, July 10 at 6.45pm EDT.