Rider helps Canada win silver at Pan Am Games

Hawley Bennett-Awad helped Canada win the silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Mexico.

The Langley rider was part of Canada’s eventing team which competed on Sunday.

Bennett-Awad was aboard Five O’Clock Somewhere.

Eventing consists of three separate tests: dressage, cross-country and show jumping, with the rider/horse combination with the fewest number of penalty points, winning.

Canada scored 172.5, while the U.S. won the gold medal with a score of 138.6. Brazil earned bronze with their 209.8.

Last year, Bennett-Awad, 31, helped Canada win gold at the World Equestrian Games, the country’s first medal at a major world equestrian championship since 1978. That result also qualified Canada for the 2012 Olympics in London and Bennett-Awad will look to earn a spot representing her country.

A fundraiser is planned for February to help Bennett-Awad raise money to cover the costs of pursuing her Olympic dream. She has represented Canada at the Olympics before, competing at the 2004 Games in Athens.

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