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Superb round: Nisbett jumps a fence on Quick Z at the OLG Caledon Equestrian Pan Am Park

Patrick Nisbett and Jill Terceira both had clean rounds in the first qualifier of the show jumping and are tied for first place with 32 other riders at the Pan Am Games.

The Bermuda pair return to the OLG Caledon Equestrian Pan Am Park tomorrow for the second and third qualifiers as they bid to finish in the top 35 and reach Saturday’s medal round.

Also tied in first is Ian Miller, the legendary Canadian show jumper, who has competed in a record ten Olympic Games.

Heidi Mello, the Bermuda chef d’equippe, said both Bermuda horses, Quick Z, ridden by Nisbett, and Terceira’s Tamerino looked “super fit” on the opening day of the competition.

“We had a double clean today, which is a great start for Bermuda,” she said. “The course was quite smooth and free-flowing and didn’t ask too many questions.

“It was two superb performances, though, and I was pleased with both of them.”

Tomorrow’s second-round qualifiers will feature a Nations Cup format with two rounds on the same day.

Superb round: Terceira jumps a fence on Tamerino at the OLG Caledon Equestrian Pan Am Park