Rowan’s Dana Cooke forced to withdraw her horse from the Pan Am Games
LIMA, Peru — Dana Cooke, Equestrian Activities Director at Kingfisher Farm Park in Rowan County, was slated to continue her
competition on Sunday as part of the Pan Am Games Equestrian Eventing competition. However, Cooke was forced to withdraw the horse from further competition.
After finishing 13th out of 42 competitors from 12 countries in the equestrian sport of eventing dressage
on Friday, Cooke was 24th in the cross country competition on Saturday. The top 25 of 42 competitors had
qualified for eventing show jumping on Sunday.
Cooke’s horse, FE Mississippi, was injured in the cross country competition and required stitches.
Eventing is an equestrian triathlon, with one of the phases, cross country, having a significant risk and
adrenaline factor. Dressage is done in a memorized pattern, similar to figure skating. Show jumping is
the portion most often related to equestrian sport and has knock-down barriers. The cross country
jumping has more rigid jumps, seldom able to break away when hit by the horse, increasing the chance
of injury for the horse and rider.
Cooke, 32, competed for Canada, as she was born and raised in Merritt, British Columbia. She moved to
Norwood at age 20 and has been in this area since.
Canada’s Colleen Loach captured Sunday’s show jumping final.
Kingfisher Farm Park is off Jackson Road in southwestern Rowan County. Cooke also hopes to qualify for the 2020
By David Freeze For the Salisbury Post LIMA, Peru — Dana Cooke, Equestrian Activities Director at Kingfisher Farm Park in Rowan... read more