Double Gold For Britain At The World Equestrian Games

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Gold Medalists Great Britain. left to right : Major Richard Waygood, Piggy French, Gemma Tattersall, Ros Canter, Tom McEwen Photo FEI/Christophe Tanire

Double Gold For Britain at The World Equestrian Games

Britain has secured two gold medals in the Mars-sponsored Eventing competition at the World Equestrian Games, in Tyron, North Carolina.

Ros Canter delivered a faultless performance in the final show jumping phase, to secure the individual gold for herself and ride, Allstar B.

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon left to right : Individual Eventing Podium:Silver Padraig McCarthy IRL,Gold Ros Canter GBR, Bronze Ingrid Klimke GER Photo FEI/Christophe Tanire
FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon left to right : Individual Eventing Podium:Silver Padraig McCarthy IRL,Gold Ros Canter GBR, Bronze Ingrid Klimke GER
Photo FEI/Christophe Tanire

Not only did Canter gain a gold medal for herself, she secured the gold medal for Team GBR.

Overjoyed, Canter exclaimed;

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It’s a surreal day for me — I’m proud for my country and excited for the whole team around me and everyone who’s put so much into this.”

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Gold medalist Ros Canter on Allstar B; GBR Photo FEI/Liz Gregg
FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Gold medalist Ros Canter on Allstar B; GBR
Photo FEI/Liz Gregg

This year’s final placings all lay on the show jumping round, with Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD clutching the top spot until the very last show-jump fence, where a rail was knocked. The 4 faults Klimke accumulated in the show jumping dropped her placing down to third.

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky charged from seventh place to second place, after their clear show-jumping round. McCarthy’s performance also kept Team Ireland in medal contentions, Team Ireland coming away with the silver.

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Team and Individual silver medalist in eventing was Ireland's Padraig McCarthy on Mr Chunky Photo FEI/Liz Gregg
FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon USA Team and Individual silver medalist in eventing was Ireland's Padraig McCarthy on Mr Chunky Photo FEI/Liz Gregg

Team France held onto the bronze medal and obtained definite Olympic qualification, alongside Britain and Ireland. Germany, Australia and New Zealand, who took fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, also secured Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.

Great Britain managed to secure tenth place as well, as Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo collected four faults in the show-jumping. Team GBR rider, Tom McEwen, also suffered a similar fate, knocking a fence toward the end of the show-jumping phase. McEwen and his ride Toledo De Kerser finished twelfth.

Gemma Tattersall did not fare well in the final show-jumping phase as her horse, Artic Soul, suffered muscle tightness, knocking three fences.

Britain’s individual ride, Tina Cook and Billy The Red, finished in ninth after jumping clear in the show-jumping.

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