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2009 Pan American Championship
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2009 Pan American Championship
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2009 Pan American Championship
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Home || Starters List || Official Website || Final Results

Stories: Got Here Just in Time - Steph || Arrival in Uruguay - Dinah Rojek || Day Before the Race - Kathy Brunjes || Hola!! Kyle Gibbon
Vet In Day - Steph || Thursday Morning - Kathy Brunjes || Thursday Afternoon - Kathy Brunjes || On Loop 3 - Steph
Friday Night - Kathy || The Day After - Kathy|| Heading Home - Dinah || Pan Am Departure - Kyle
2 Medallas de oro para la Argentina - Claudia Quentin
Steph's Story:
Part 1, The Venue
Part 2, Team Effort - Uruguay and Argentina
Part 3, Team Effort - USA
Part 4, Team Effort - Guatemala and Malaysia

Images of the Event:
Vetting In || The Road || The Beach || The Camp || The Camp - more || The Finish || Awards Celebration || Team USA

Heading Home

Hi from in-transit on the way home from Uruguay.

What a great performance. The riders were flexible and their ability to adjust while keeping their horses safe and sound resulted in a silver medal for the US of A. Just a quick recap: four horses went and four horses finished in the following order: Valery Kanavy on Princessa, Cheryl Van Deusen and Steve Rojek, who spent the whole ride together riding Al Capone and Saavy. Gabrielle Mann and Big and Easy made it four to finish.

There were interesting moments involving going around cement piers with waves almost up to the D rings on the saddles and falling on underwater boulders on the 25+ miles of beach riding.

The horses came down quickly and there were no retrots for soundness or metabolics. The first three loops were 20+/- miles, with the last two were shorter.

It was lovely that we were mostly finished before dark, and an enormous thrill to finish so well. I believe the competition was astonished that two of our riders completed the last almost ten miles 37 minutes!

I thought it was a wonderful job by the riders and smooth ground support throughout; and it is nice to have some new medals for the USA!

Dinah Rojek