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Magic at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 – Day Five highlights

Alice-Rose Brown

 

The Dressage and Para Dressage teams have been performing well throughout their time at this year’s World Equestrian Games and they certainly didn’t let us down on their last day!

Here’s more about the fifth day of the 2014 World Equestrian Games:

Dressage

They really are a magical partnership – Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have danced their way to becoming World Champions with a recording breaking score of 92.161%!

Charlotte has now become the first ever Dressage rider to hold double Olympic, European and World titles at the same time. The test was ridden to music from hit film How To Train Your Dragon and 20,000 spectators turned out to see them take the gold.

You can see her spectacular test here.

Team mates Michael Eilberg and Carl Hester also pulled strong tests out of the bag meaning that Michael leapt from 25th to eighth place. Carl and Nip Tuck scored a personal best of over 76% to finish in 12th place.

I think we can all agree this really has been their year for the Team GBR Dressage squad.

Para Dressage

The Para Dressage team also did us proud and retained their unbeaten winning record by clinching the team gold.

Lee Pearson proved he really is at the top of his game, winning his class with a score of 80.05% after riding to the music of Queen and Fame.

Unfortunately Sophie Christiansen was pipped to second place by Italian rider Sara Morganti in the Grade Ia final leaving Sophie disappointed. Team mate Sophie Wells also came in silver medal position in the Grade IV class.

Natasha Baker was equally disappointed by her uncharacteristically low score of 65.5% after Cabral was unsettled and performed a very spooky test.

Eventing

It was really the day for the Team GBR Eventing squad after Tina Cook and Oliver Townend were left disappointed with their dressage tests.

Oliver and Black Tie II currently lie in 15th place with a score of 47.2 and Tina is in 22nd place with a score of 50.

Team mate William Fox-Pitt is still in the lead ahead of the cross country phase of the competition with New Zealand riders Jock Paget and Lucy Jackson behind him.

Showjumping

*BREAKING NEWS* Team GBR showjumper Ben Maher and his horse Cella are out of the World Equestrian Games.

Cella is said to have injured herself during training and so will not be travelling with Ben, who is currently ranked number three in the world, to the World Equestrian Games.

Jessie Drea has stepped up to replace Ben and will be travelling to Normandy as the travelling reserve.

This year’s showjumping team is now Joe Clee, Scott Brash, Michael Whitaker, and Spencer Roe.