The TORONTO2015 Pan / Parapan Am Games
About Pan Am
The Pan American Games are the world's third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999.
Both the Pan and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
This year, Toronto is the proud Host City of the Pan and Parapan American Games.
About Toronto 2015
The Toronto 2015 Games will involve municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland, and of course, the Town of Caledon.
To find out more about the games, please visit www.toronto2015.org.
Games of this magnitude cannot happen without the help of volunteers, some 20,000 of whom will help deliver the best Pan/Parapan Am Games ever.
The Pan Am Games take place from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 14, 2015.
Fun Facts About Equestrian
There are three elements of equestrian competitions: dressage, jumping and eventing. The Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park will be hosting the dressage and jumping competitions, while eventing will take place at the Pan Am Cross Country Centre in Mono.
Dressage and jumping competitions are not divided by gender. Men and women compete on an even playing field.
Along with scripted elements of the dressage competition, horses and their riders also perform a freestyle routine specifically choreographed by each competitor and performed to music.
Eventing is the most demanding event for the horses. 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 considered one of the most dangerous sporting events.
Ian Millar, also known as "Captain Canada," will be looking to add to his historic record in the sport in 2015: nine Pan Am medals (including two gold) that he has won in nine Pan Am Games appearances -- more than any show jumping athlete.
For more information about equestrian at the Pan Am Games, visit http://www.toronto2015.org/equestrian.