World Equestrian Games: Eventing Show Jumping and Medals
Overnight leaders Germany and Great Britain win individual gold and team gold, respectively, while the U.S. drops out of the medals.
Holly Werner Caccamise |
It was a nail-biter until the end during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games eventing show jumping, as less than a rail separated many of the medal placings. The United States stood in team silver and individual bronze medal position overnight.
Becky Holder, poised for a U.S. individual bronze, was held for re-inspection during the Sunday morning jog before show jumping. She opted to withdraw instead of jogging again, leaving the U.S. with no other individual competitors.
Although Boyd Martin jumped double-clear for the U.S. team aboard Neville Bardos, the others weren’t so lucky. Already the drop score due to penalties incurred on cross-country, Buck Davidson and BallyNoe Castle RM had one rail. Phillip Dutton and Woodburn also had an uncharacteristic rail, as well as one time fault. However, the real tumble down the scoreboard occurred when Karen O’Connor and Mandiba had an inexplicable stop at jump 7, a black plank fence styled after those found along Kentucky farms. At the second attempt, Mandiba made the jump but knocked it down, resulting in 12 faults total (four for time). This bumped Canada into silver and New Zealand into bronze position, and good jumping rounds by those teams kept them on the podium.
In the individual medals, Michael Jung of Germany added no penalties to his comfortable lead, jumping a double-clear round for the gold aboard La Biosthetique-Sam FBW. “Over the last few years, [the horse and I] have grown together so much--and I really hope we can do it again in London [at the 2012 Olympics],” said Jung. “I’ve been training him daily for five years; he trusts me and we’re very good together.”
Asked about the German team’s multiple eliminations on cross-country that resulted in the team dropping out of a big lead for the gold, he said, “It was tough when we failed, so I’m a little disappointed, but most importantly the horses and riders are still well.”