WEG Happy Hour: Beezie Takes Bronze, (The Other) Boyd Triumphs in Driving

Beezie Madden and Cortes C. Photo courtesy of Leanjo De Koster/FEI. Beezie Madden and Cortes C. Photo courtesy of Leanjo De Koster/FEI.

WEG is winding down with the final day of competition, and the show jumping and driving finales definitely closed the games out with a bang. The day belonged to the Dutch, who took home the spoils in the final four competition of the show jumping as well as the team competition in driving.

The final four riders in the show jumping had to switch horses, with each round being tracked for penalties. As it turns out, Beezie Madden’s Cortes C was the only horse to jump four clear rounds today. Some of the riders struggled a bit with the unfamiliar horses, but Dutch ride Jeroen Dubbeldam managed to pilot all four horses to clear rounds  – a truly incredible feat. This performance sealed the individual gold medal for Jeroen.

French rider Patrice Delaveau also ride exceptionally well, incurring just one time fault aboard Casall Ask to take the silver medal. Beezie unfortunately had a rail on each of the other three horses, which put her into bronze position. Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson incurred 14 total penalties to fall out of medal contention.

Show Jumping Coverage Links

Normandy Discipline Page

Jeroen Dubbeldam is the New Kid on the Block

Postcard from the Games

For the driving finale, it was the Boyd show as Australia’s Boyd Excell took home the individual gold medal on a total score of 125.83 ahead of the USA’s Chester Weber (128.60). Dutch driver Theo Timmermann gets on the podium as the bronze medalist with a total score of 133.88.

The Dutch also took home team gold, comfortably padding their lead with a cumulative penalty score of 263.19 over the silver medal-winning Germans, who finished with a total of 283.56. Hungary wins team bronze with a penalty score of 287.29, followed by the USA who was dropped out of medal contention after the marathon phase.

Driving Coverage Links

Normandy Discipline Page

Dutch Defend Title

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