The second day of the World Equestrian Games 2014 certainly didn’t disappoint with Team GBR securing an impressive haul of medals in both the Dressage team Grand Prix and the individual Grand Prix.
Here’s more about the Dressage, Para Dressage, and Reining results on Tuesday 26th August:
Well Charlotte Dujardin has done it again! She rode Valegro for Team GBR to take a silver medal in the team Grand Prix and has won individual gold with a score of 85.271%.
You can see Charlotte talking to Horse and Hound magazine after her test here.
Britain finished in second place behind a strong, all-female German team and The Netherlands took the bronze medal spot. This means that all of the top three nations are now qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – becoming the first Olympic sport to secure their place.
The top 30 riders in the individual rankings will now go forward to contest Wednesday’s Grand Prix Special meaning we’ll see Charlotte, Carl, and Michael compete again. Unfortunately Gareth Hughes, the final member of Team GBR, finished in 38th place with DV Stenkjers Nadonna so did not qualify for the individual final.
*BREAKING NEWS* Bella Rose 2, the top horse of Germany’s Isabell Werth, has been withdrawn from the rest of the World Equestrian Games due to injury, so we won’t be seeing the combination compete again.
Team GBR had two fantastic wins in the Grade IV and Grade II competitions, however it was a day of mixed results as triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen was knocked down to third place in the Grade Ia class.
Grade IV rider Sophie Wells and her Warmblood gelding Valerius continued the trend of strong British riders with a score of 74.59% to secure first place in the class.
Natasha Baker, Grade II rider, also gave a strong performance finishing with a score of 73.647% and winning the class.
Unfortunately it was not the day for Sophie Christiansen and Janerio 6 who were pushed down to third place behind Italian rider, Sara Morganti, and Laurentia Yen-Yi Tan who was representing Singapore.
Team GBR will now go forward to contest the team competition on Wednesday so the final results won’t be known until Wednesday evening.
It came as no surprise to Reining fans that the USA took the gold medal with Belgium and Austria securing the silver and bronze medal positions.
Despite a strong start on the first day of competition Team GBR slipped from fourth place to finish in eighth place by the end of the competition. However, all is not lost as four out of five members of the team are going forward to the second qualifier for the individual competition.
Doug Allen, Francesca Sternberg, Jessica Sternberg, and Josh Collins all had high enough scores to go forward to the second qualifier. Unfortunately Team GBR individual rider, Shane Borland, failed to deliver his usual high scores and will not go forward.
The second qualifiers take place on Thursday and the final medal positions will be decided on Saturday 30th August.