Equestrian Preview
The US Equestrian teams, consisting of dressage, eventing and jumping, head into the Pan American Games Lima 2019 with a mix of very experienced and developing athletes and horses. The Pan American Games marks the second opportunity for nations to secure qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and this will be the primary target for U.S. eventing athletes. The U.S. has a rich history of winning Pan American medals, and the teams will be aiming to be on the podium in each of the disciplines once again.   

Since the U.S. dressage team achieved Tokyo 2020 qualification at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, the Pan American Games will serve as a development opportunity. U.S. dressage will use Lima 2019 to observe up-and-coming athlete-and-horse combinations within a championship environment as a way to build towards future Olympic, Pan American, and World Equestrian Games. The U.S. dressage team will consist of Nora Batchelder, Jennifer Baumert, Sarah Lockman, and Endel Ots. The Games will also present an opportunity to develop and give experience to new team staff with the team leader, head coach and team veterinarian all experiencing their first Games.

The U.S. eventing team comprises itself of strong athlete-and-horse combinations made up of two-time Olympian and Pan American Toronto 2015 team gold medalist Boyd Martin and Guadalajara 2011 team gold medalist Lynn Symansky. Doug Payne and Tamie Smith complete the team, both making their Pan American Games debut. The U.S. eventing team must earn a team gold or silver medal to qualify for Tokyo.

With Tokyo Olympic qualification secured at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, the U.S. jumping team will use the Pan American Games championship format as a preparation opportunity for the Olympic Games. The Pan American Games serve as an ideal opportunity for U.S. jumping to test new athlete-and-horse combinations in a multi-round format prior to Tokyo. Of course, they will also look to earn a team medal for the U.S. The U.S. jumping team will be represented by four-time Olympians and two-time Olympic team gold medalists Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. Alex Granato and Eve Jobs complete the team, both making their Pan American Games debut.