Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 – Day Four highlights
Unfortunately the fourth day of the World Equestrian Games 2014 was marred by sadness when an Endurance horse called Dorado, competing with Costa Rican rider Claudia Romero Chacon, died after reportedly colliding with a tree in the early stages of the competition.
The accident happened at around 8:30am and the rider is said to be in a serious but stable condition after being taken to hospital by ambulance. Our thoughts go out to all those linked to the horse and rider.
Here’s a look at the other events on the fourth day of the World Equestrian Games 2014:
This year’s competition proved tough as only 35 horse and rider combinations finished the course after 166 riders started. Unpredictable weather conditions, muddy ground, and tough veterinary checks were cited as reasons for many combinations dropping out.
Team gold eventually went to Spain, the home crowd were thrilled to see France in silver medal position, and the bronze medal went to Switzerland. The individual winner was Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
British riders Annette Masterton and Catriona Moon both came in overtime and Annie Joppe retired. Beth Langley and HDS Ametista finished in 33rd and team mate Anna Williams with Crystal Wissam finished behind her in 34th position.
It was a tough competition and Team GBR had to work hard but they did it – the Para Dressage team retain the World Champions title!
Sophie Christiansen clinched individual gold in the Grade Ia competition following in the footsteps of team mate Lee Pearson who won the Grade Ib competition on day three.
Despite being disappointed with her final score Sophie Wells and Valerius finished in silver medal position in the Grade IV competition and Natasha Baker also bagged herself a silver medal in the Grade II test.
The team currently hold two individual golds, two individual silvers, and one team gold medal with the Freestyle competition still to come on Friday.
Team GBR rider Josh Collins and his horse Spook A Little are through to the individual final of the Reining competition after finishing in third place with a score of 218.
Unfortunately team mates Doug Allen, Jessica Sternberg, and Francesca Sternberg didn’t get a high enough score to qualify in what was a spectacular competition. There were just 10 marks between first and 21st place and Josh will have to pull something really brilliant out of the bag in the final on Saturday.
Team GBR stalwart William Fox-Pitt is currently holding individual gold medal position after the first day of competition for the Eventing. William consistently scored sevens and eights in his dressage test putting him 3.2 penalties in the lead.
In the team competition there is currently a Germany, New Zealand, Great Britain one, two three.
Zara Phillips had a disappointing start scoring 54.5% and Team GBR individual rider Nicola Wilson is currently standing in individual eighth.
The final team riders Tina Cook and Harry Meade, and individual rider Oliver Townend, will compete in the Dressage phase on Friday before going forward to the second phase of competition – Cross Country.