September 26, 2011 — Due to a minor  injury sustained while training, Apple Cider, ridden by Jordan McDonald of Oakville, Ontario has been withdrawn from the Team nominated to compete at the 2011 Pan American Games — Eventing Competition.

It is expected that Apple Cider will make a full recovery.  

Following the selection procedure, an alternate/substitute horse and rider combination has been selected by the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee

Selena O’Hanlon of Kingston, ON, riding John Rumble’s eight-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, Foxwood High, will join the team to compete at the Pan American Games

“While I am extremely disappointed not to have the opportunity to represent Canada with the team at these Games, I know my team mates will try their very best and I wish them much success in Guadalajara,” said McDonald.

The Olympic sport of eventing encompasses three separate tests: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping held consecutively. Each test ridden by the rider and horse in combination is scored individually but added together for the final results. The rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points over the three days wins the competition.  

The Canadian Eventing Committee is grateful to Own the Podium, Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and all of its sponsors, supporters, suppliers and friends for their continued support of the Canadian Eventing High Performance program in its quest for excellence.