Week two of the World Equestrian Games officially kicked off today, with the vaulters and the show jumpers finally getting their chance to have the spotlight. In the show jumping competition, the Team and Individual Speed Competitions were the first task for the jumpers.
As with the other disciplines, the teams are vying for one of the coveted top five spots, which will earn them a qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Bertram Allen gave Ireland a good position, taking the victory in the speed round aboard Molly Malone V. With a time of 77.01, Bertram bested runner up French rider Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC, who had a time of 77.18. Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Conrad De Hus picked up third place with a time of 77.33.
It is the French, however, that lead the way for the team competition after the first day of competition. The U.S. is also in medal position currently and will look to hold or improve that position over the next few days.
Riding for the USA, the ever-popular Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ were the top placed American pair, coming home with a time of 77.34 for fourth place. Kent Farrington and Voyeur are in 18th with a time of 81.02. Eric Lamaze and Zigali P S are the top placed Canadian pair, in 17th with a time of 80.94.
Tomorrow, the riders will take on the individual qualifier as well as the team competition, which will carry over into Thursday.
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After the first day of vaulting competition, Austria is on in gold medal position, scoring a 7,873 to squeak past the Germans, who scored a 7,852 for silver position overnight. The Swiss team is in third with a score of 7,757.
There is also a Men’s and Women’s Individual competition that began today with Compulsory tests, and the men also rode their Free Tests.
Men’s Compulsory Individual Standings:
Men’s Free Test 1 Standings:
Women’s Individual Standings:
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