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Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Day One at Blair Castle

Emilie Chandler & Gortfadda Diamond. Photo by Douglas Lamont.

Emilie Chandler of Great Britain is in the lead in the CCI4*-L class at Scotland’s Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials after dressage.

Riding Gortfadda Diamond, Emilie scored 31.8, with Louisa Lockwood in second on 33.3 aboard Diamond Ructions.

Of her mount, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Water Valley Cool Diamond x Panda, by Glacial Storm) owned by Maria Doel, she said, “He is a really classy horse who has just stepped up to this level this season. The loudspeaker crackled really loudly during our test, which unsettled us both, but I’m thrilled to be in the lead, even if it wasn’t our best test.”

Blair Castle is a nine-hour drive from Emilie’s Leicestershire home, but she said, “I love Blair, and have been coming here for many years.”

France’s Astier Nicolas, the reigning Olympic individual silver medallist, tops the leaderboard in the CCI3*-L with seven-year-old Lumberton, owned by SARL Ecurie Jean Louis Bouchard.

Astier’s last visit to Land Rover Blair Castle was in 2014, when he won the CCI4*-L on the mare Quickly Du Buguet.

“My owners liked the idea of coming here because it is so beautiful, and the surety of finding good ground in the summer season was another big reason,” explained Astier.

Located in Perthshire, the Horse Trials take place against the stunning backdrop of Blair Castle and the Highlands. Not too shabby a backdrop! Photo by Alistair Lamont.

He bought Lumberton from German rider Kai Steffen-Meier in November 2017.

“Lumberton’s a very cool bloke – very laid-back in all three phases. I’d like to take him to Le Lion d’Angers [for the world young horse championships] and I want to test him round a big and bold track like this beforehand.”

Astier scored 31.5, giving him a small lead over both Greta Mason with Cooley For Sure and Sarah Holmes with Lowhill Clover, both of whom have a mark of 32.2. Sarah has made the long journey up to Blair from the Isle of Wight.

Olympic Gold & Silver medallist Astier Nicolas is reigning supreme at the head of the CCI3*-L at the end of day 1.

The Frenchman rode a stunning test for 31.5 from the ground jury.

Aberdeenshire rider Emma Murray tops the CCI2*-L with a very good score of 28.6 on Wainthropp, owned by her husband Shaun. He took over the ride on this nine-year-old mare after Emma finished 12th on her in this class in 2017, but he broke his collarbone in May and Emma decided to take her through to the end of the season.

“Blair is my favorite event so I thought we’d come here and have a nice time,” said Emma. “She’s good at dressage – we are going to the British Dressage National Championships at Stoneleigh at elementary level in two weeks’ time – but I didn’t expect to be out in front. It would be lovely to stay there!”

Again, two riders share second place in this section: Germany’s Josephine Schnaufer with Ronaldo IV and Britain’s Polly Stockton with Sir Alfred II, both of whom scored 30.5.

International dressage continues tomorrow with the CCI4*-S, which features stars such as William Fox-Pitt, and also the Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival commences. Dressage starts at 9 a.m. local time.

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Bonus pic … ponies! In addition to the International event classes, Blair Castle hosts the Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival, British show jumping and pony classes.

FEI Researches Equine Health and Performance at Tokyo 2020 Test Event

A major research study aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments was conducted by the FEI during last week’s Ready Steady Tokyo test event, where Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Grisors JRA finished second overall. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

With optimising performance in challenging climatic conditions high on the agenda during the numerous Ready Steady Tokyo test events, the FEI had already put in place a major research study aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments.

Long travelling times and distances, time-zone disruptions, and heat and humidity pose specific challenges to horses and of course to human athletes. Monitoring of the combined effects of all these factors was put in place prior to the horses’ departure from their home countries en route to Tokyo and throughout last week’s equestrian test event in the Japanese capital. Data collected will be used to provide the FEI, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG) as well as National Olympic and Paralympic Committees with detailed information on equine performance in these conditions.

“High level equestrian competitions are increasingly taking place in parts of the world where the climate poses health challenges for both humans and horses,” FEI Veterinary Director Göran Akerström said.

“The study plays a crucial role in guiding the TOCOG and other Organising Committees on appropriate facilities and support, and will be used to advise and guide athletes and National Federations on the preparation of their horses in the build-up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The study monitored horses before, during and after their journey to Tokyo, with data collected through under-tail temperature monitors and sensors that measure stable and travelling activity, as well as thermal comfort. SaddleClip sensors were used to record gait, speed and distance, and heart rate monitors were used on the horses prior to and during competition. The technology for the data collection was made possible through the FEI’s partnerships with Epona Biotec, Arioneo, Equestic and Polar.

Findings from the study will build on the existing framework for implementing measures to run equestrian sports in hot and humid climates that was developed for the Games in Atlanta 1996 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Olympic test events prior to Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 also included organised monitoring of competing horses.

To ensure that NOCs and NFs are fully aware of the climatic challenges, the FEI included an information session on climate mitigation protocols aimed at minimising the effects of heat and humidity in the official Observers Programme, which ran concurrently with the test event.

During next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, equestrian sport will be held at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park and Sea Forest venues. Baji Koen, which hosted the Olympic equestrian events at the Tokyo Games in 1964, has been extensively refurbished by the Japan Racing Association, while the cross country venue at Sea Forest that will be shared with rowing and canoe sprint is on reclaimed land and will be turned into a park post-Games.

[FEI Researches Equine Health and Performance at Tokyo 2020 Test Event]


Olympic Champion Michael Jung Claims Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event Honors

Germany’s Michael Jung, Olympic eventing champion in London 2012 and Rio 2016, takes the honors with Fischerwild Wave at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event which wrapped today at the Equestrian Park. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Germany’s Michael Jung, Olympic champion in London 2012 and again in Rio 2016, has already claimed gold in Tokyo one year out from the 2020 Olympic Games after taking the honors with Fischerwild Wave at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event which wrapped up at the Equestrian Park at Baji Koen today.

The 37-year-old, who has three Olympic gold medals and one silver from two Games appearances with the now retired La Biosthetique Sam FBW, had shadowed the leaders from the outset, even though he was riding the youngest horse on the start list: Fischerwild Wave, a 7-year-old Holsteiner (Water Dance XX x Uquina) owned by Klaus and Sabine Fischer and the Jung family.

Third after dressage behind the home side’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA, the German pair moved up to second after yesterday’s cross country and a superb clear in today’s final jumping test to put the pressure on overnight leaders, Australia’s Andrew Hoy with Bloom Des Hauts Crets.

The mare had jumped impeccably around Derek Di Grazia’s cross country 24 hours earlier, but became increasingly headstrong over the colored poles and, when the middle element of the triple combination hit the sand to drop Hoy down the order to fifth, victory went to the German duo.

In mixed weather conditions that veered from heavy rain to hot sunshine, nine horses were foot-perfect over Santiago Varela’s 11-fence track, with Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima on Vick Du Grisors JRA and dressage leaders Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA among them. The home pair moved up to claim podium spots in silver and bronze, heading no fewer than four Japanese in the top 10.

Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

All 16 horses that started yesterday’s cross country were passed fit at this morning’s horse inspection, with all of them beautifully turned out and looking exceptionally well.

The German winner was quick to praise the facilities provided at the two venues, Equestrian Park and Sea Forest. “For me it was very interesting to be here and nice to see how everything works, especially the cross country with the horses,” he said. “It felt very good. It’s difficult but still possible and I think it’s really not a problem. For sure you need a very good preparation and you have to be very fit before you arrive here, the horses and the riders as well.

“I think it will be very nice next year if you see everything this year and we have one more year to prepare and to make some little details a bit better. I’m really looking forward to next season.”

Second-placed Ryuzo Kitajima, a member of Japan’s gold medal team at last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta (INA), was delighted with the performance of his horse Vick Du Grisors JRA: “It was hard work in the very hot weather, but my horse had a very good reaction in the cross country and in the practice arena he was too fresh today so I’m very happy with a double clear, it’s a fantastic result.”

The overwhelming impression from the 20 National Olympic and Paralympic Committees that were onsite was extremely positive and the general mood was summed up by Sydney 2000 Olympic champion David O’Connor, who chairs the FEI Eventing Committee.

“The facilities are very impressive and we had the chance to test everything we needed to test, which was the purpose of this week’s test event,” he said. “There are some adjustments to be made but they are minor ones, as the Organizing Committee has thought through all the details and is right on track to make 2020 a really great Olympic Games for equestrian sport.”

Run as a CCI3*, the test event is meant to trial logistics, results, timing and data handling, footing, and transport between the two venues, along with other key factors that are crucial for the smooth running of next year’s Games. Find more details about the Ready Steady Tokyo test event here.

Ready Steady Tokyo test event final placings — top six:

  1. Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave (28.0)
  2. Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA (28.2)
  3. Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA (30.1)
  4. Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley (30.6)
  5. Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets (31.7)
  6. Japan’s Toshiyuki Tanaka and Swiper JRA (32.3)

[FEI: Olympic champion Jung claims Ready Steady Tokyo test event honours]



Hat Trick for French Team at Haras du Pin Nations Cup

Photo courtesy of Haras du Pin.

Since the first edition of the FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin in 2017, the French squad has won…3 times. At the end of the suspense, the French, deprived of one of their best pairs — Qamilha, the mare of Thaïs Meheust, having been spun at the inspection on Sunday morning — had to stick together to succeed in winning against a highly motivated Italian team. At the top of the overall ranking of the circuit, Italy was keen to strengthen their leadership by winning in the Norman fields.

They met a strong and particularly united French team. Because when Jean Teulère, the first member of the team to start in this last test, went off the course with three poles on the ground, they were really down…and feeling the pressure growing! Because the Italians lined up the good performances, especially Ariana Schivo. “We first wanted to keep our second place and we hoped to go back to the first. It was doable, but very tight. Out team worked quite well, even if some of my team mates had some penalties, it was good,” Ariana explained. She finished on a clear round and a 5th place.

When Clara Loiseau, the second member of the French team to tackle the SJ course, had a pole down, things tightened. There was no other option than a clear round for the last rider to go for the French squad. Being in the lead so far added to suspense.

“When I compete with Punch, I obviously dream of winning but I know that my place is rather 3rd or 3rd. His record speaks for it,” Karim Laghouag said. “It’s a great surprise, especially as the team relies on me for the victory. A team medal is really something special to me. To feel that extra pressure helped me. I’ve had a few four-point show jumping results this year with him which is really rare. I’ve been riding him since he was four, he’s 16 now. I probably needed a bit of pressure to believe in it and do all I could to get that clear round. I’ve realised that I could ride him with more pressure and get a better result,”

On top of pocketing the team prize – the third in a row for France in the FEI Nations Cup, Karim Laghouag also won the series in front of two Brits David Doel and Kirsty Johnson, as Thomas Carlile (again!!) finished 4th. He could have won if Atos hadn’t added disappointing 4 penalty points to his score on the first fence of the course.


Gwendolen Fer and Traumprinz. Photo courtesy of Haras du Pin.

She strongly wanted to finish on a positive note after an unexpected fall with her other horse Romantic Love, earlier on. Gwendolen Fer, From Toulouse, manage to overcome pressure from her leading position by foot perfectly clearing the course with Traumprinz. The beautiful trakehner gelding touches the one before the last but it didn’t fall and they reached the line clear.

“Traumprinz got hurt at Bramham (GBR) last year, so it was his come back here,” the rider explains. “Starting with a victory is always morally good. He performs with regularity. He‘s overqualified for the series, but we know that we can trust him on all 3 tests. We’ll see if we ‘re coming back in September for the Grand National class or if we’re choosing to compete at Lignieres,”

Following her, were Thomas Carlile with Cestuy La de l’Esques and Karim Laghouag on Triton Fontaine.


Thomas Carlile takes first, second and third in the CCI3*-L. Photo courtesy of Haras du Pin.

One, two and three horses on the podium! Not many riders have ever done such a tremendous performance. On top of riding a large number of horses, nine in the day yesterday competing in different classes, Thomas Carlile totally mastered this long format series. He’s used to international podiums, but wouldn’t have bet on it before the competition.

“I didn’t have it on mind when I arrived. I knew Birmane and Bary Louvo were to fight side to side for the lead as they have already competed at this level. I’m particularly satisfied with Zanzibar Villa Rose Z who is only 7. He started eventing last year. He qualified this year for the Mondial du Lion and I wanted to see him on a long format here. He’s the conformation of a 5 star horse and has a great form. I thought the long format would better suit his gallop. And I was right. The show jumping test is his weakest point, he needs to be collected after the cross country. He has perfectly recovered after the cross country and avoided the difficulties today. He totally deserves his 2nd place,” Tomas said.

On the lead before the SJ phase with Birmane, Thomas couldn’t avoid the 4 penalty points. “I think that Birmane’s rider‘s been less efficient today than Bary’s one,” Thomas adds laughing. “She’s slightly better than the other two but I cut the curve to number 8. I paid it full. She’s had a few slight muscles problems in spring and it’s her 2nd competition since. She has to find her reflex back. Even if she’s a great show mare, she‘s sometimes overconfident. I wanted to give her an easy course to run for her confidence and strengthen her with the distance,”

It was thus all the podium places for Thomas with in order Bary louvo, Zanzibar Villa Rose Z and Birmane, leaving fourth place to Kiwi Andrew Nicholson with Spanish horse Argentino BK, and Belgian Senne Vervaecke finished fifth with Jeno.

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Beezie Madden Wins Jumping Individual Bronze Medal at Pan American Games

From left to right: silver medalist José María Larocca of Argentina, gold medalist Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil, and bronze medalist Beezie Madden of the USA. Photo by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian.

Adding another bronze medal to the tally for the USA at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Friday was two-time Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden riding Breitling LS. Held in Lima, Peru, the final day of jumping at the Pan American Games featured the individual final held over two rounds, and Madden won an exciting four-way jump-off for the bronze medal. With Eve Jobs and Lucy Deslauriers also contesting the individual final, the U.S. Jumping Team saw all three riders finish in the top 10.

The top 35 riders in the individual standings competed on Friday for the first round over a challenging course set by course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. All riders started on a clean slate of zero faults, with their previous three rounds during the week only counting for qualification and determining their order of go. Following round one, the top 20 returned for the second round.

Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil won individual gold, making it a second gold for his nation after they were the victors in Team competition on Wednesday. Photo by Marcello Zambrana / Lima 2019.

After two rounds, four riders were tied on four faults apiece, necessitating a jump-off for the bronze medal. First in the ring for the tie-breaker were Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Breitling LS, Abigail Wexner’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion. They had incurred four faults in the opening round of the day and were clear in the second round.

“I think he was maybe a little more attentive in second round,” said Madden of her horse. “I didn’t really adjust for the fact that his energy level was a little more down when he first started. I needed to wake him up a little bit more for the second round.”

In the jump-off, the pair made easy work of the shortened course, cruising home clear and setting the time to beat at 42.47 seconds.

“It was suspenseful,” said Madden of the competition’s conclusion. “I was a little at a disadvantage to have a rail down in the first round, but when only four went clear, I figured we had a decent chance of jumping off for a medal in the best-case scenario. When that came about, I was excited we had a chance for a medal. It was a little tough going first, but it was really winner take all. I figured I would lay it all out there, jump clear as fast as I could, and hope others made mistakes trying to catch me. Credit goes to my horse. He’s a naturally quick horse and I’ve done quite a few jump-offs with him. I felt it was good to have that experience going into that pressure round.”

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games marked the 10th major games appearance for Madden and the 55-year-old athlete proved she is still at the top of her game. This bronze medal is the fifth individual medal (two silvers and three bronzes) that Madden has won in her career and her 13th total medal (individual and team) in major games championships. While championship competition has gotten easier the tenth time around, Madden said it’s “still exciting and what we do this for.”

“It feels very nice!” said Madden of adding two more medals to her collection. “Eve [Jobs] asked how many medals I had after our team medal [this week]. Today she said, ‘Now you have a baker’s dozen!’”

“It’s huge,” she continued. “It’s always great for your team when you come through with something you had as a goal for the year. Our staff works really hard to help me and to make that happen for me, my husband John, and our owner Abigail Wexner. It’s always our goal to represent our country and try to win some medals. It’s not an easy task, so when it comes out the way you wanted, it’s always a great feeling.”

With her podium finish at the Pan American Games, Madden automatically qualifies for grand prix events around the world for the next four years.

Following Madden in the jump-off, Canadian Nicole Walker and Falco van Spieveld had four faults for fourth place.

Team USA’s Eve Jobs and Venue d’Fees des Hazalles finished in 5th place overall. Photo by Marcello Zambrana / Lima 2019.

Next in for the jump-off was Eve Jobs (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and her own Venue d’Fees des Hazalles, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, who were clear in the first individual round and had four faults in the second round. They totaled eight faults in the jump-off in 46.06 seconds to finish in fifth place in the individual final.

“The first round I was really happy with. I thought she jumped amazing, and I was really happy with how I rode,” Jobs, 21, recounted. “The second round I made a made a mistake, but she jumped great in all the rounds I had today, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

“It’s an honor to represent my country,” said Jobs of her first major games experience. “We had a great team partnership, and we bonded really well. It’s my first time at a team championship and that comes with pressure in itself. Getting to jump here and jump for my country with my teammates, I’ve learned so much by going through this process.”

Team USA’s Eve Jobs and Venue d’Fees des Hazalles. Photo by Marcello Zambrana / Lima 2019.

When Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX) and Armani SL Z had a refusal and retired as the last to go in the jump-off, the bronze medal went to Madden.

Lucy Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) and Hester, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Lisa Deslauriers, recorded four faults in each of the individual rounds, which gave them eight total faults for ninth place.

“I personally didn’t think I got my best rhythm the first few jumps, and it took me a little bit to get the pace I wanted and the type of ride that would have been ideal,” Deslauriers, 20, said of her final round.

“I’m lucky to come out of a first championship experience in the top 10,” she added. “I was really lucky to be alongside Beezie as a teammate and a leader and have her show us the ropes. Getting to compete with my dad (Mario Deslauriers, who rode for Canada) also at a championship was a lot of fun.”

Madden commented on the team experience, “I think it was a really fun week with Eve, Lucy, and Alex [Granato]. It was a fun group and a good team atmosphere. It was a great week for them to not only gain experience, but they did really well too.”

The jumping individual gold medal went to Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil on Sirene de la Motte, who was double clear. José María Larocca (ARG) and Finn Lente had one time fault for the silver medal.

Gold medalist Zanotelli posted the only perfect score for the day. “I knew if I gave my mare a good chance, she was going to jump a clear round,” he said. “I had to keep my nerves in place. For me, I was in a good position. I was first to go of the clears, and I knew if I was clear, it would put the pressure on the others.” Photo by Marcello Zambrana / Lima 2019.

[Final Individual Standings]

[US Equestrian: Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win Jumping Individual Bronze Medal at Lima 2019 Pan American Games]

[FEI: Brazil Does It Again In Lima]

Brazil Takes Team Gold, U.S. Wins Bronze in Pan Am Show Jumping

Brazil took team gold, followed by Mexico for silver and the U.S. for bronze in 2019 Pan American Games show jumping. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

After taking team silver in eventing and bronze in dressage, Brazil capped an impressive two weeks at the 2019 Pan American Games with a gold medal — and a third ticket to Tokyo — for its jumping squad. Mexico and Canada also clinched Olympic qualification slots, finishing in 2nd and 4th place respectively, and the U.S. squad won bronze.

Team medals for this year’s Games in Lima, Peru, were awarded yesterday. The four-rider Brazilian squad of Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with Sirene de la Motte, Eduardo Menezes with H5 Chaganus, Rodrigo Lambre with Chacciama, and Pedro Veniss with Quabri de L Isle finished on a team total score of 12.39 points.

“We came here to qualify for Tokyo; that was the main goal and, of course, to chase this gold medal,” Menezes said. “It was a long journey to get here. It was an amazing journey together with these guys. This medal just gives the perfect end to it.”

Pedro Veniss of Team Brazil. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

It was a tight battle for silver, with Mexico ultimately claiming runner-up honors and the second of three available Olympic qualification slots on a 22.97-point score. The Americans, already qualified for Tokyo due to their gold medal at the 2018 WEG in Tryon last September, finished with the bronze medal on a team total of 23.09 points, while fourth-placed Canada secured the final Olympic qualification on a 30.21-point team total.

Erynn Ballard from Team Canada. Photo by Vidal Tarqui / Lima 2019.


Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the U.S. team of Lucy Deslauriers, Alex Granato, Eve Jobs, and Beezie Madden put in solid performances.

“We came here for a medal, that’s what you always do in a championship, and we went away with a medal,” said Ridland. “We were a little bit disappointed because we were in the fight for the gold until the end, and then the silver slipped away. What I’m most proud of is that all four of the riders were an essential part yesterday, putting us where we were, and today as well. Everybody participated in a group effort, and I’m very proud of that.”

Team USA bronze medal winners, from left to right: Beezie Madden, Alex Granato, Eve Jobs and Lucy Deslauriers. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

For three out of the four U.S. riders, this was their first championship competition. As part of the long-term plans for the U.S. Jumping Team to give more experience to up-and-coming riders in team competition, these Games showed the strength of the pipeline of riders ready to join championship teams.

“We were in a favorable position coming in, having already qualified for the Olympic Games, but we sent a team that we knew would be competitive for the gold medal, which it was,” said Ridland. “It was important to have them be able to ride side-by-side with Beezie and all her experience and have [alternate] Richard Spooner as part of the team and be absolutely instrumental all week long. To be able to have three riders that have never been in a championship before come away with a medal, that’s what it’s all about.”

The scores from Wednesday’s two rounds of team competition were added to Tuesday’s opening round scores (with a drop score from each) to determine the team medals.

Alex Granato and Carlchen W. Photo by Vidal Tarqui / Lima 2019.

The pathfinders for the U.S. in the team rounds were Alex Granato (Wellington, Fla.) and Carlchen W, an 11-year-old Mecklenburg gelding owned by Page Tredennick. They had four fences down for 16 faults in round one.

Granato believes he “overthought” his first round. “He is such a fresh, oversensitive horse, and I went in and put a little more pressure on him in some places that I didn’t want to,” he explained. “Going where I did in the team order, it was not my ideal plan to put pressure on my teammates.”

Riding out of the second spot in the team order, Lucy Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) and Hester, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Lisa Deslauriers, had an eight-fault performance.

Team USA’s Eve Jobs and Venue d’Fees des Hazalles. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

Eve Jobs (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and her own Venue d’Fees des Hazalles, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, put in a critical clear round for the U.S. in round one.

“I really owe that round to her because I was really nervous, and she helped me a great deal,” said Jobs of her horse. “She always fights for me, and that’s one of the things that I love so much about her. She wants to win just as much as I do.”

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

With an additional clear first round for two-time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Breitling LS, Abigail Wexner’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, the U.S. Jumping Team sat in second place on 10.09 penalties behind Brazil with 7.39 penalties and followed by Mexico with 10.97 penalties.

Granato and Carlchen W had a determined comeback in round two, finishing with just one fence down and a single time fault for a total of five faults. After adding to their previous total, they finished with 21.92 penalties.

“He felt a lot more level-headed this round,” said Granato after his second ride. “I would have liked to have started with that this morning, but it gave me something to dig in and fight for to have a better round. That is the end of our game [this week], so I feel like we’re going out on a really confident and strong note.”

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester. Photo by Vidal Tarqui / Lima 2019.

Deslauriers and Hester also had a significant improvement in round two, recording a clear round for the U.S. team. They finished with 9.32 penalties.

“There were three or four places where I wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with my ride, so I was just really focusing on fixing those things,” noted the 20-year-old Deslauriers. “These weeks [at a championship] really are ultimately about performing for your team, so I was just really happy that I could pick up from my two down in the first round and help them out a little bit.

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester. Photo by Yael Rojas / Lima 2019.

“Representing the United States at any level feels special and important,” Deslauriers continued. “When it goes well, it’s even better. To do it at a championship alongside one of my best friends and two other riders I’ve looked up to, there are no words.”

Returning in the second round, Jobs and Venue d’Fees des Hazalles tallied eight faults for a final total of 9.17 penalties, but a podium finish was a consolation to the 21-year-old riding in her first championship.

“It’s like a dream come true,” expressed Jobs. “I really wasn’t expecting this, especially to win a medal not only with people that I’ve looked up to in the sport for years, but with one of my closest friends; I can’t even put into words how happy I am.”

Eve Jobs and Venue d’Fees. Photo by Fidel Carrillo / Lima 2019.

With two fences down in the careful line across the middle of the arena that challenged many competitors, Madden and Breitling LS ended with eight faults, which gave them eight penalties overall.

“I think there was maybe just a little lack of focus at the first fence [down] and that maybe distracted him for the second fence,” said Madden of her two rails. “I can’t really say there was any really big mistake there. I thought he jumped well both rounds, and it just didn’t go my way that round.”

As the most experienced rider on the team who has competed in four Olympic Games and is at her third Pan American Games, Madden pointed out, “I think the Pan American Games are a super stepping-stone to the Olympic Games. You get the same team atmosphere, the same pressure, trying to win a medal here. People get excited about it. I compliment this venue. It’s fantastic and they’ve done a super job. I think we have a great team here. It’s been a super experience so far, and we look forward to Friday.”

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo by Vidal Tarqui / Lima 2019.


While all four U.S. riders finished Wednesday’s team competition in the top 35 individually, only three athletes from any one nation may advance to the individual final. The top three U.S. riders, who all finished in the top nine in the individual standings, will advance to Friday’s individual final where they will start on a clean slate for faults for the final two rounds.

Beezie Madden, Lucy Deslauriers, and Eve Jobs will return on Friday, Aug. 9, for the individual final, in which athletes will compete in the first round at 12 p.m. EST and the top 20 return for a second round to determine the individual medals.

View complete team results here.

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