Top U.S.-based event rider Danica Moore, originally from Salmon Arm, has revised her plans to compete as a Canadian National Eventing Team member at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 14-30.
Complications with Moore’s green card, or U.S. residency permit, prevent her from leaving the U.S.
“It was very tough to hear at first,” admits Moore, from her Virginia home. Moore only recently heard the news.
The determined rider is trying to make the best of the situation.
“There’s always another year and another event to go to.”
Instead of competing in the Pan Am Games, Moore and her mount, Socket, will be taking part in the world famous Fair Hill International three-day event in Maryland, held Oct. 16-19. The Fair Hill three-star event course will be tough, said Moore, who rode Socket last year in the two-star division.
“It’ll be a good test for Socket, for both of us. It’s one of the toughest courses out there.”
Moore is hopeful that she and Socket will be able to represent Canada at the Olympics next year in London, England.
Another former Salmon Arm resident, Rebecca Howard, is a Canadian Eventing Team member who is bound for the Pan Am Games.
Howard, now a successful trainer and eventer based in Norwood, N.C., will be riding Roquefort, or Rocky, a Dutch warmblood/thoroughbred cross, at the Mexico competition.
“Training camp starts in Ocala, Fla. on October 5th,” said Howard. “The horses fly to Mexico on the 15th. We’re very excited.”