Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Calgary’s Jonathan Asselin Top Canadian at Pan American Games

Jonathan Asselin + Showgirl, un Selle Français de 11 ans
Jonathan Asselin of Calgary, AB, finished ninth individually while Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, placed 11th in show jumping competition held Saturday, October 29, at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Asselin, 52, was sitting 16th coming into Saturday’s individual show jumping final at the Guadalajara Country Club. In the first round of competition, Asselin guided Showgirl, an 11-year-old chestnut Selle Français mare owned by Attaché Stables, to a clear jumping round, incurring one time fault for exceeding the time allowed. Competitors had 80 seconds to complete the beautifully-decorated course set by designer Javier Fernandez of Mexico.

Returning for the second round, Asselin was clear all the way until the last obstacle, the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games fence. The four faults he incurred gave Asselin a final individual score of 16.10 penalties and ninth place overall in his Pan American Games debut.
“Jonathan had a wonderful day, his horse jumped exceptionally well,” said Terrance Millar, chef d’équipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team. “In the last round, the horse was jumping beautifully but his bit actually broke in half with three jumps left to go. There was a long canter to the last jump, a fairly simple vertical, and the mare had it down.”