The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games took place July 10 to 26 and the Parapan American Games August 7 to 14. The Games were expected to draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games were the largest sporting event ever hosted in Canada.
Dressage, eventing, jumping — Of the three disciplines that make up equestrian at the Pan Am Games, eventing is the most demanding for the horses as it combines not only dressage and show jumping, but also a long cross-country course with natural and artificial obstacles. The cross-country event day is also widely considered one of the most dangerous sporting events.
Dressage, offers an unforgettably elegant and graceful aesthetic experience. Magnificent horses and their riders take to a 60 metre by 20 metre arena where a panel of judges scores the work of the horse-and-rider pairs as they perform prescribed elements including a walk, trot and canter according to a scripted pattern, and also a freestyle routine specifically choreographed by each competitor and performed to music.
The jumping competition tests speed, skill, power and control as horses and riders attempt to establish a fast, “clean” (no jumps knocked down) ride through a course of approximately 15 fences in the arena. Men and women compete directly against each other.
The Caledon Equestrian Park hosted the majority of equestrian events for the 2015 Pan American Games. The Park has been host to equestrian competitions for over 20 years, including 15 World Cup qualifiers, 4 Pan American Game selection trials, two Olympic selection trials and more than 150 national Grand Prix events.
Located in Mono, Ontario, Will O’Wind Farm was the host venue for the Eventing Cross Country portion of the 2015 Pan Am Games. As a truly top ranking facility Will O’Wind is renowned for the meticulous care and detail put into their courses and they strive to keep things fresh and well-maintained, offering new jumps and fastidiously maintained footing for all of their events.
The Town of Caledon was one of more than 130 communities – with 3,000 torchbearers participating – to take part in 41-day journey starting in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico.
The Canadian journey for the flame started with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It then traveled to the five other Canadian cities – Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and the Greater Vancouver Area – and more than 130 Ontario communities towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015, during the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.