Germany claimed the Dressage team title in convincing style at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France. Already out in front after their first two riders completed their tests yesterday, they nailed it with two more superb performances to finish well clear of Great Britain in silver medal spot, while the defending champions from The Netherlands took bronze.
The morning began with a superb performance from the third to go for Germany, Isabell Werth and Bella Rose whose score of 81.529 signalled the definitive return of Team Germany to the top of the pecking order in this sport in which they have always played such a dominant role. They never looked in any danger after that, and Helen Langehanenberg’s 81.357 with Damon Hill NRW was just the icing on the cake because, even without her brilliant effort, her country would be victorious.
The United States have won their fourth consecutive FEI World Equestrian Games™ Reining gold medal, followed by Belgium in silver and Austria in bronze, at the end of a second thrilling competition at the Parc des Expositions in Caen.
After Mandy McCutcheon rode Yellow Jersey (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Clara Melody), owned by her father – Tim McQuay – to a score of 224, the USA confirmed their supremacy in the team event established on Monday. On the first competition day, team members Andrea Fappani on Custom Cash Advance had obtained the top score (224) and Jordan Larson, riding HF Mobster, had earned the third best score (221).
Equine Journal, your favorite all-breed, all-discipline resource, has partnered with Back on Track, one of the leading manufacturers of joint and muscle protection for equines, canines, and humans, to bring readers the inaugural Normandy 2014 Equestrian Dream Team Contest.
Starting on August 15, 2014, Equine Journal and Back on Track enthusiasts alike can log onto the EJ website to participate in the contest, by picking their favorite equestrians that they anticipate on winning in their favorite disciplines—from reining and eventing to show jumping and dressage—this month in Normandy. Whether you're favorite competitors are Beezie Madden, Eric Lamaze, and Darragh Kenny for show jumping or Lars Petersen, Belinda Trussell, or Charlotte Dujardin for dressage, you can mix and match competitors from different countries to create your own equestrian dream team.
After a very competitive weekend, Michael Pollard takes the spotlight and wins the Adequan USEA Gold Cup division at the Richland Park CIC***. Mensa G, a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Andrea Leatherman, Nelson Leatherman, and Jeannine Gingras, had a foot-perfect cross-country round with only 2 time faults to end the weekend on a 51.6.
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