- Team Gold for Great Britain’s eventing team and Olympic qualification secured
- Individual Gold for Ros Canter
- All GBR jumping, para-dressage and vaulting horses pass Horse Inspections
An action-packed day at the FEI World Equestrian Games saw more medals secured, to see Great Britain sit joint-top of the medal table at the close of the week one events. The Great British eventers signed their world championships off in style, with two gold medals, a world record, Olympic qualification and four eventing athletes in the top 20. Elsewhere, our week two disciplines got their campaigns underway, the all-important horse inspections.
In an extraordinary final five minutes, Ros Canter helped to secure Team Gold for Great Britain with Caroline Moore’s and her own, Allstar B after going clear, putting the pressure on Germany’s Ingrid Klimke who had the last fence down, to see Ros lift the gold.
The team; Ros Canter, Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Gemma Tattersall, finished on a final score of 88.80, beating the record set by the British team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky where they scored 92.9.
Richard Waygood MBE, Performance Manager for Eventing, said; “It’s been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together, they all went in there for the team and stuck to the system. It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence I knew she had it. Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo [Olympic Games] and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we’ve achieved both goals.”
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Getting week two underway this morning was the para-dressage horse inspection. All four British horses were beautifully presented, and all passed through the first trot-up of their Games. Competition gets underway tomorrow, as athletes in Grade IV, II and V contesting the Individual tests for the first para-dressage medals of the championships.
All timings below are BST.
Times for Tuesday:
19.06 Lee Pearson & Styletta
20.30 - Sophie Wells & C Fatal Attraction
Times for Wednesday:
14.31 - Natasha Baker & Diva Dannebrog
17.18 - Erin Orford & Dior
Over in the indoor vaulting arena, Great Britain’s two vaulting horses, Demezza owned by Ben Aucolt and Edinburgh 23 owned by Deborah Bentzen, sailed through the trot-up. The team and individual events both get underway tomorrow, with Great Britain fielding representatives in the team and individual female competitions.
Times for tomorrow:
15.27 - English Vaulting Squad & Demezza
19.06 - Lucy Phillips & Demezza
19.46 - Rebecca Norval & Edinburgh 23
Having arrived into Tryon safely last Wednesday, the jumping athletes had their horse inspection this afternoon to get their world championship campaign underway. All five horses passed the first horse inspection and will have a training day tomorrow before their first day’s competition on Wednesday, with the Team and Individual first rounds (speed).
All timings and order to go for Wednesday will be confirmed tomorrow.
Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.