Hurricane Florence talked a big-bad game, but with the exception of a blistering couple days of dressage and a soggy Sunday horse inspection the weather behaved itself quite nicely. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
What a dramatic finale for eventing at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. You thought Ingrid had it in the bag but then … plot twist at the very last! Team Great Britain had a spectacular week to clinch gold, and what a thrill to see Team Ireland right up there beside them on the podium. We witnessed a valiant effort from Team USA and while the stars don’t always align, that’s what makes the game exciting, and we’ll fight again another day.
Jenni will be along soon with a full show jumping report, accompanied by yet another batch of stunning photos from Leslie T. (Massive shout-out here to Abby for, among other contributions, all her invaluable help transcribing quotes this week.) In the meantime, check out Shelby’s live updates for a play-by-play and enjoy these candid snapshots from the day that was.
Riders recap their rides with the media. While they were narrowly edged out of a podium finish, Team Japan was the dark horse that knocked everyone’s socks off this week — at this rate they’ll be a real threat in Tokyo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Groom Kendyl Tracy walks Lynn Symansky and Donner to the in-gate. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
The ring steward looks like a cross between a carnival master and the monopoly guy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
I’ve never seen someone with such command of an in-gate. Between that hat and his clipboard and walky-talky, this is a guy I would NOT want to cross. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Sam Watson congratulates Padraig McCarthy after his clear round, which will move him from 7th place into individual silver position. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Love this Team New Zealand gal’s bird of paradise hair extensions. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Viva la France! Despite being mounted on relatively inexperienced horses, Team France finished in bronze medal position. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Ros Canter is still in 2nd place in this photo … but not for long! Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD are the last ones in the warm-up ring. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Ingrid Klimke has the last fence down, which moves her into individual bronze, but she’s a gracious class-act in both victory and … well, a bronze medal certainly does not qualify as defeat! Photo by Leslie Wylie.
That moment when you realize you’ve won Team Gold. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
You did it, Ros! Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Hugs all around. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
A flurry of activity before the medal ceremony. Photo by Leslie Wylie.
Standing ovation for the hardworking grooms! Photo by Leslie Wylie.
More to come. Go Eventing.
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