Dec. 22, 2018
From Shannon Gibbons, FEI
German Eventer Julia Krajewski treated the sun-drenched spectators at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) to one of the great dressage rides of all time as she finished a thrilling first day, Thursday September 13, 7.2 points clear of the field,
The German and her mount Chipmunk FRH have been in scintillating form in the dressage arena this season and the duo lived up to their billing as one of the favorites for gold with a mark of 19.90 – the third best dressage score ever recorded at a WEG.
Home hero Boyd Martin fed off the packed stands to saunter his way to second place, with a score of 27.10, while Great Britain’s Piggy French lies third, just 0.70 points behind. The second half of the field in the Mars eventing dressage will go on Friday in Tryon Stadium.
Germany is currently atop of the leaderboard with a score of 50.10. The USA sits sixth in the team standings, but just 4.3 points separate them and second-placed Australia, with France, Great Britain and New Zealand.
Dressage: Day Two
By Luke Norman
Ingrid Klimke underlined Germany’s extraordinary dominance in dressage as she and mount SAP Hale Bob OLD leapt to within touching distance of compatriot Julia Krajewski at the top of the leaderboard, as the first stage of the Mars eventing dressage came to an end at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).
A beautifully controlled ride in front of a packed house secured the 2017 European individual and reigning Olympic team champion a score of 23.30. It placed her second and gave Germany control of the battle for team gold.
“He was so relaxed, so calm, so concentrated that I could really ride him and was not sitting on a bomb or anything,” Klimke said of 14-year-old SAP Hale Bob OLD.
The nation’s combined score of 73.40 going into the cross country is the highest mark ever recorded at this stage of a FEI World Equestrian Games™. Great Britain in second was a significant 7.40 points behind. The USA team, who boasted three riders inside the top 18, sat third, less than a point ahead of France in fourth. Ireland secured their best ever start to a WEG - their team total of 87.5 enough to place them seventh.
All eyes now turned to Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) designed cross country course. Rider of the day, Ingrid Klimke neatly summed up the excitement and anticipation coursing through Tryon 2018. “There are beautiful jumps out there,” Klimke said. “We can’t wait to get out.”
On Saturday, September 15, eighty-one riders representing 23 countries set forth on Captain Mark Phillips’ championship cross country course of the eventing world championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Clean rides inside the time were the ticket to the top of the leaderboard, as tightly-packed dressage scores meant that even a few seconds over the optimum caused a significant shift in the placings.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD, her own 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, were the last pair out of the start box for the German team. Performing their role as team anchor admirably, Klimke and “Bobby” came home right on the optimum time of 10 minutes to move up into the top spot on a score of 23.3.
“He was really fit,” Klimke said of Bobby. “He really cantered up the hill and I could ride for time. We had wonderful team spirit, and I’m really happy. It was a good feeling. He is always a fast horse. His favorite is going cross-country, he had [great] energy.”
“Being last and seeing that the others had trouble was really tough because they all gave their best,” Klimke continued. “For me it was good to see because I would have taken the same decision that Julia did, go for four at the corners, but I knew that the five was better so it was really good communication between us riders.”
As Klimke anchored for the German team, so did Rosalind Canter (GBR) and Allstar B, the 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Canter and Caroline Moore, leaving the box last for the British team. Coming home nine seconds under the time, Canter and Allstar B secured silver medal position for themselves heading into the final phase on a score of 24.6.
“It’s my first time at WEG,” said Canter. “Allstar B is just the most fantastic horse. We’ve grown up together, learning together. He really delivered for me. Today was all about the team, as was yesterday. I’m in silver medal position at the moment so it’s really exciting, but I have to thank our whole team and support team because I couldn’t do it without them. We all knew our horses were fit today, so we all just went for it, and we really delivered.”
Sarah Ennis (IRE) and Horseware Stellor Rebound, Horseware Products LTD, Niki Potterton, and Orla Ennis’ 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by VDL Ricochet, rose from sixth place to bronze medal position on their dressage score of 26.3 after a double-clear cross-country round.
“He was super,” Ennis said happily. “He flew around, and it felt very easy. Up the hill, he handled it like a racehorse.”
Lynn Symansky and Donner, the Donner Syndicate’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, were the sole U.S. combination to go double-clear on cross country. The pair crossed the finish line just four seconds under the optimum time to move from 18th place to ninth place on their dressage score of 28.3.
Phillip Dutton and Z, the 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones, jumped clean, but were 16 seconds over the optimum time, adding 6.4 time faults to their dressage score to drop down to 21st place on a score of 34.
Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 11-year-old Trakehner gelding, William Coleman and Tight Lines, The Conair Syndicate’s 11-year-old Pur Sang gelding, and Lauren Kieffer and Vemiculus, Jacqueline Mars’ 11-year-old Anglo Arabian gelding, all ran into trouble on the course. Martin and “Thomas” picked up 20 jumping faults at fence 10B, the Mars Sustainability Water, and additional 11.6 time faults to sit in 54th place on 58.7. Coleman and “Phish” picked up two refusals, one at fence 10D, an element in the Mars Sustainability Water, and one at fence 14B, part of the CSX Junction, plus an additional 11.6 time faults for a two-day score of 87.2 and 68th place overnight. Kieffer, who was competing as an individual for the U.S., fell from “Bug” on the landing from fence 18A, a huge pole spread in the Land Rover Turn, and the pair were eliminated.
The four team riders from Great Britain put in four clear rounds inside the time, securing gold medal position heading into the final phase of competition. They sit on an unchanged score of 80.8, 8.2 points ahead of the silver medal team. All five of the British riders sit inside the top 20. “Every rider had clear rounds – they were class acts,” said Richard Waygood, British Eventing’s Performance Director. “They sat beautifully, they rode beautifully, the horses reacted to them, and it was super.”
The Irish team also had a cracking day with three of their four riders running clear and inside the time to catapult the team from seventh place after dressage to silver medal position following cross-country on a score of 89.0, adding just 1.5 points to their combined dressage score of 87.5. “They did an amazing job,” said Sally Corscadden, High Performance Director of the Irish Eventing Team. “We knew they could do it, and they believed in themselves. The riders had their plans sorted and knew what they needed to do.”
The team from France, which moved from fourth place to bronze medal position, added 8 points to their combined dressage score of 83.8 to sit on 91.8 going into show jumping. Four of the five French riders sat inside the top 20, with all but one of their five riders picking up time faults on cross-country.
Twenty-seven of the 81 rider encountered difficulties on the cross country course, just 33 percent of the field. The combinations that caused the most trouble were the Mars Sustainability Water, fence #10 abcdefg, and the CSX Junction, fence #14 abcd, with problems occurring throughout the numbered elements.
Klimke In Control After Cross Country
By Luke Norman
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke kept her nerve to grab the lead as the Irish and French lit up a dramatic, adrenaline-fuelled day of eventing at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).
Klimke, second overnight, made it look easy as she and mount SAP Hale Bob OLD flew round the 5,700m course in 10:00 minutes, bang on the optimal time. Klimke, carrying a penalty score of just 23.30 over from the dressage stage was untouchable on the fiery SAP Hale Bob OLD.
Great Britain’s Rosalind Canter kept a relatively familiar look to the leaderboard as she and Allstar B improved from third to second, following a swift, flawless round. But the real drama came behind.
Ireland have never won a team medal at the WEG but with two riders sitting in the top seven, that could all be about to change. Sarah Ennis (IRL) leads the way with a score of 26.30 points, enough to put her into the bronze medal position with just the show jumping to come.
Two Frenchmen, Lieutenant Colonel Thibaut Vallette and Astier Nicolas sit fourth and fifth behind Ennis, hauling the French up into third overall. Great Britain currently look favourites for team gold, thanks, in no small part, to another fine performance from Canter.
“He was just so full of himself today,” Klimke, the European 2017 individual gold medalist, said. “He was very fast in the beginning, he really wanted to run.”
Not so for teammate Julia Krajewski, runaway leader after the dressage. The devastated 29-year-old and her mount Chipmunk FRH ran into problems at the difficult fence 14, the multi-obstacle CSX Junction, and faded to 47th overall.
As a result, Germany slipped back to sixth in the team standings, the final qualification place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Disappointing days for Blyth Tait, and Boyd Martin saw New Zealand and the USA drop out of that all-important top six.
Due to the bad weather in Tryon, competition concluded on Monday, curtailing any competitions on Sunday because of heavy rainfall from hurricane Florence that started Saturday evening and continued through Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon the soundness job for the third phase of Eventing took place in the pouring rain. All horses presented to the ground jury of Anne-Mette Binder (DEN), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Andrew Bennie (NZL) were deemed fit to compete in the final phase of competition. Seventy horses moved forward to the show jumping competition.
Of the 70 competitors going into the show jumping phase on Monday Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., it was Ingrid Klimke GER (SAP Hale Bob OLD) in the lead (23.3); Rosalind Canter GBR (Allstar B) in second (24.6); and Sarah Ennis IRL (Horseward Stellor Rebound) in third (26.3). Two French team members were in fourth and fifth: Lt. Col. Thibaut Ballette (Qing du Briot ENE HN) (26.8) and Astier Nicolas (Vinci de la Vigne) (27.2) – tied with Tim Price NZL (Cekatinka) (27.2) and Padraig McCarthy IRL (Mr. Chunky) (27.2). Piggy French IRL (Quarrycrest Echo) was just 0.6 seconds behind in eighth (27.8), and Lynn Symansky USA (Donner) in ninth (28.3). USA’s Philip Dutton (Z) was in 21st place (34.0); Boyd Martin (Tsetserleg) was in 54th (58.7); and Will Coleman (Tight Lines) was in 67th (87.2).
Going next to last, Rosalind Canter GBR had a clear round with no time penalties, finishing with her dressage score of 24.6 and eventually earning her the gold medal. The pressure was on Klimke to hold onto first, but she incurred 4.0 jumping penalties (27.3), putting her down to third and the bronze medal. In a big upset, Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy moved up from fifth to silver medal position with a clear, no time penalties round to finish on Mr. Chunky with just his dressage score (27.2).
Australia’s Andrew Hoy (Vassily de Lassos) finished on just his dressage score (29.8) for fourth, just out of the medals. And Ireland’s Sarah Ennis (Horseware Stellor Rebound) dropped to fifth with her 4.0 jumping penalties (30.3). Frances Lt. Col. Thibaut Vallette (Qing du Briot Ene HH) was sixth with 4.0 jump penalties (30.8), and his teammate Astier Nicholas finished seventh with 4.0 jump penalties (31.2).
The USA’s Phillip Dutton (Z) incurred no show jumping penalties for a final total of 34.0 to put him in 13th. Lynn Symansky and Donner had 12.0 jump penalties to finish on 40.3. Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg had 12.0 jump faults in 56th (70.7). And William Coleman (Tight Lines) finished in 66th, incurring 12.0 jump faults (99.2).
In team competition, Great Britain took home the gold, with team members Rosalind Canter (Allstar B) finishing on just her dressage score (24.6); Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo finishing with 4 jump faults added to their dressage score (31.8); and Tom McEwen also adding 4 jump faults to his dressage score I32.4). Gemma Tattersall (Arctic Soul) finished with 44.4, but her score was dropped.
Team Ireland were the silver medalists, led by Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky finishing on just their dressage scorre (27.2); Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound adding 4 jump faults to their dressage score (30.3); and Sam Watson (Horseward Ardagh Highlight) finishing on just their dressage score (35.5). Team Member Cathal Daniels (Rioghan Rua) dinished with 41.6, but her score was dropped.
France won the bronze medal, led by Lt. Col. Thibaut Vallette (Qing du Briot Ene HH) with 30.8; Maxime Livio (Opium de Verrieres) with 32.1; and Sidney Dufresne (Tresor Mail) with 36.9. Donatien Schauly Adj (Pivoine de Touches) finished with a score of 39.3, but that score was dropped.
Team Japan finished in fourth; team Germany in fifth; team Australia in sixth; New Zealand in seventh; and Team USA in eighth. Full results are posted at: https://tryon2018.com/officialresults
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