Double Gold For Britain at The World Equestrian Games
Ros Canter delivered a faultless performance in the final show jumping phase, to secure the individual gold for herself and ride, Allstar B.
Not only did Canter gain a gold medal for herself, she secured the gold medal for Team GBR.
Overjoyed, Canter exclaimed;
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.”
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.
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.