Canada's show jumping team qualified for the 2012 London Games with a fifth-place finish in team competition Wednesday night at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky.
Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., John Pearce of Stouffville, Ont., Yann Candele of Caledon, Ont., and Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ont., finished with 27.93 cumulative faults.
Individually, Olympic champion Lamaze is in fourth while Pearce is fifth.
Germany won the gold medal with 17.80 cumulative faults, while France earned the silver with 24.32. Belgium took the bronze medal with 24.70 and Brazil finished fourth out of 27 teams with 26.49.
The United States started the evening in third position, but had a rough night and wound up last of the 10 countries that competed in the final.
"We exceeded our expectations coming into this event," said Canadian team leader Terrance Millar. "John is like a lightning bolt, and while it is unrealistic to expect these types of performances from Eric and [Olympic mount] Hickstead, they just keep delivering and we've come to depend on them."
Lamaze, who is competing with a broken bone in his left foot, and Pearce delivered clear rounds for Canada on Wednesday and cemented their individual positions in the top five.
"He felt good, that was his best day of jumping," Lamaze said of Hickstead, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion. "He is getting better and better. Hickstead is careful and he's got good stamina, so I am not worried about anything. I look forward to it."
Lamaze has 3.39 cumulative faults while Pearce has 3.70.
Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, the 2004 Olympic Champion, currently leads with 2.80.
Pearce, a 2000 Canadian Olympian, credited chemistry with his horse for his top-five placing.
"I know this horse really well and I know what he is capable of," said Pearce of Chianto, a 14-year-old grey Danish Warmblood gelding. "He's got a lot of experience, but not at the international level. I have a lot of confidence in him, and he has a lot of confidence in me. But his heart is bigger than anything, and that is what got us through this."
With nine faults collected in the final team competition, Millar finished in 50th position. Candele, who incurred 12 faults, finished 72nd.
The top 30 individual riders will jump again Friday, with the top four competing in Saturday's final.