WEG Happy Hour: USA Takes Team Show Jumping Bronze, Driving Gets Underway

The show jumping podium: Netherlands, France, USA. Photo via Normandie 2014 on Twitter. The show jumping podium: Netherlands, France, USA. Photo via Normandie 2014 on Twitter.

The U.S. earned their spot on the podium today in the team finale of the show jumping competition. Although Kent Farrington and McLain Ward both pulled rails in today’s round, Beezie Madden turned in another clear aboard Cortes C to cement the Americans’ position on the podium.

It was the Netherlands who came out on top, however, accumulating just 12.83 faults to clinch the gold medal handily over silver medal winning team France (14.08 penalties).

Individual competition will wrap up on Saturday and Sunday, and Brazil is on top of the individual standings currently with Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Ad Clouwni. Beezie sits in silver position with Cortes C, and Swedish rider Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall Ask are in bronze position after today.

— Normandie2014 (@normandie2014) September 4, 2014

Note: Rounds are from yesterday’s competition.

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Dutch Win by a Whisker

Scott Brash Withdraws

As the driving competition kicks off, the Dutch also find themselves in the lead after the first day of dressage. Both Ijsbrand Chardon and Koos de Ronde are sitting in one-two position and just 2.6 percentage points from each other. German driver Christoph Sandmann is currently in third on a 70.5%.

The USA is in the top 10 thanks to a score of 64.9% from driver Alison Stroud. Also representing the U.S., Misdee Wrigley-Miller is currently in 13th on a 63.7%. Dressage will finish off competition tomorrow ahead of the Marathon and Obstacle Cone phases.

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Double Orange on Top

The Pas de Deux Free Tests were held today for the Vaulting competitors, and Austrian team Jasmin Lindner and Lukas Wacha lead the way after scoring a 9,083. This gives the pair a fairly comfortable lead over the next team, Germany’s Gera Marie Grun and Justin Van Gerven, who scored a 8,631. Great Britain brings up third on a score of 8,570 from Joanne and Hannah Eccles.

The U.S. is in sixth and seventh position after the Pas de Deux today with Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer (8,149) and Mary Garrett and Kristian Roberts (7,729). The two Canadian pairs are in eighth and tenth with Brooke Boyd and Todd Griffiths (7,715) and Angelique and Jeanine Van Der Sluijs (6,949).

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Solid Performances from U.S. Vaulters

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