WEG Happy Hour: Beezie Lifts U.S. in Show Jumping, Germans Stand Out in Vaulting

Beezie Madden provided a boost for Team USA today in the show jumping competition, jumping a clear round aboard Cortes C to help vault the team into second place after the day. The U.S. will carry 8.72 faults into the next round, less than a rail behind the Netherlands, who jumped nearly flawlessly to take gold medal position into tomorrow. Germany lies in third overnight, not giving the Americans much in the way of breathing room while carrying forward 8.82 faults.

Team Canada is in sixth position (remember, the top five will qualify for Rio) going into tomorrow, carrying 14.00 faults forward. Individually, French rider Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC have taken over first position with a clear round today, followed by Beezie in second. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall Ask, representing Sweden, also jumped clear for third place. McLain Ward and Rothchild also find themselves in the top 10, sitting in eighth position. Yann Candele and Showgirl are the highest placed Canadian pair individually, taking 17th place after today.

There was a scary moment when Tomas Couve Correa of Chile fell from Underwraps and was struck by his horse’s hooves. It was reported that Tomas was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but that he was fully conscious and that his life was not in danger.

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Note: The following rounds are from yesterday’s competition.

Show Jumping Coverage Links

Normandy Discipline Page

Netherlands Take Day Two

U.S. Team Moves Into Silver Position

For the vaulters, it was team Germany who will take gold medal position after today’s team competition, the free tests. Scores were calculated by taking the average of the first day’s compulsory scores combined with the freestyle scores from today. Overnight leaders Austria have dropped into bronze position after today, and Switzerland lies in silver on a score of 8,357. Team USA is currently in ninth position, and Canada is right on their tail in 10th place.

In the individual competition, the male French vaulters put on a show for the home team, claiming both gold and silver positions after today’s free tests. After that, the Germans take the next three positions. The three U.S. men are in 12th, 13th, and 17th, respectively.

For the women, Joanne Eccles of Great Britain will take gold position overnight on a score of 8,619. Denmark’s Rikke Laumann is in silver on a score of 8,544, and Swiss vaulter Simone Jaiser is in bronze with a total average score of 8,439. Team USA has two riders in the top 10, and Jeanine Van Der Sluijs is Canada’s highest vaulter individually, sitting in 23rd overnight.

Vaulting Coverage Links

Normandy Discipline Page

Germany Leads After Day Two

France Makes It One-Two

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