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The next question then becomes which combination will contribute the most to our team’s overall placing. Good not to run Pavarotti and Bentley’s Best at Bromont takes this case out of the ordinary. Fredericks earnestly believed that both horses needed another run at cross-country before the Selection Panel would meet. “As between A Little Romance and Pavarotti, it appears to be a close call,” he said. In my view the evidence of the veterinarians gives the nod to A Little Romance.” The arbitration proceedings were held on July 6 in Toronto, with the official Canadian team announcement naming Jessica and A Little Romance to the squad coming on July 14.
The fact that the arbitrator would have made a different selection is not enough to set aside the selection made by the Selection Panel. Comprised of three forms of competition – dressage, cross-country, jumping – eventing is considered the supreme test of total horsemanship.Initially intended to test military officers for any challenges that could occur on or off duty, it also provided a basis by which to compare training standards between the cavalries of different countries.Jessica had competed Pavarotti and Bentley’s Best in the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh three weeks earlier and decided to withdraw them before cross country in the CIC3* at Bromont. My clinical impression is that the horse has had low grade tendonitis throughout the spring season.
While Equine Canada, which was recently re-branded Equestrian Canada, targeted six events in 2016 for Olympic selection, none of them were considered mandatory. Fredericks said ‘he could no longer help but was going to spend his time preparing the people who wanted to do this.'” Don Good, who owns Pavarotti and Bentley’s Best, also testified during the arbitration. He has been carefully managed which has allowed him to get to this point.
Anne Baskett also gave a statement on Pavarotti and A Little Romance: “While I wholeheartedly feel that both Jessie and Pavarotti’s owner have acted in the best interest of the horse and his ability to compete in the future, this does leave us with questions as to whether he can perform and stay sound at a demanding level of competition at this time,” she said.