Phoenix leads Canadian eventing team to bronze at Pan Am Games

Jessica Phoenix has claimed her fifth medal at the Pan Am Games after leading the Canadian eventing team to bronze over the weekend.

Aboard Pavarotti, once again, the Wilfrid resident was the top Canadian in the field finishing in fifth place. The team clinched a spot on the podium with a near-perfect performance in show jumping on Sunday (Aug. 4).

“As a country, we were faultless today, so that is as good as it gets. We really finished on a high note and I’m really proud of our horses and our riders today,” Phoenix said in an interview with Equestrian Canada.

“Bronze isn’t quite what we were going for here, but the memories that you take away are of the group of people you were there with – and we’ve had an incredible couple of weeks together at training camp and throughout this competition. I was really honoured to be standing next to them on that podium today.”

Phoenix and Pavarotti had previously captured individual gold and team silver at the Pan Am Games in 2011 as well as individual silver and team bronze in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto in 2015.

She is also a two-time Olympian and a member of the Brock Township Sports Hall of Fame.

“I could not be happier with Pavarotti’s performance,” Phoenix said in the interview.

“He’s such a competitive horse that knows all three days of this sport, and it’s just so incredible to be on a horse that is as competitive as I am.”

Phoenix shared a video of her run through the show jumping course on social media and thanked her fans.

“Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and support,” she wrote.

“Whenever you see an athlete standing on a podium there has been an entire village standing behind them. We love you all.”

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