Blue skies, scores of entries, and record attendance—it was a fitting way to end a stunning week of top show jumping sport at the 2016 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, held August 17-21 in Halifax, MA.
Thirty-four horses and riders representing six countries came out for the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix on August 21. Alan Wade’s flowing course was a crowd pleaser from start to finish with a dramatic triple combination arranged alongside the VIP tent. It was ultimately newcomer Callie Morgan Smith and her Attention Et Z who bested an international field of Olympians and showjumping who’s who to take the win.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games show jumping competition came to a climatic close at Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday, ending in a jump-off to determine the Individual medals. With two clear rounds, Kent Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot in the jump-off for the U.S. along with five other combinations. Farrington and Voyeur ultimately placed fifth overall following two rails down. Teammates McLain Ward and Azur finished tied for ninth and Lucy Davis with Barron completed their Olympic debut with 12 faults in Round A.
The U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team won the Silver medal in a down-to-the-wire competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Wednesday. The team of Lucy Davis and Barron, Kent Farrington and Voyeur, Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C', and McLain Ward and Azur finished the two-round competition with five faults. France won the Gold with three faults, while Germany and Canada tied for third on eight. Ultimately, Germany captured Bronze following a jump-off with Canada for the medal.
(Shannon Brinkman Photo)
The U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team has withdrawn Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ from competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Cortes 'C' sustained an injury during Round One of the Team competition on Tuesday and in the best interest of the horse's welfare, the decision has been made to withdraw Cortes 'C'. The U.S. will head into Wednesday’s team final in a four-way tie for first. As a three-member team, the U.S. will not have a drop-score to utilize in Round Two.