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Competition back in Full Swing - Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 – Day Nine highlights

Alice-Rose Brown

 

After a well-deserved rest day on Monday the competition was back in full swing yesterday with the first phases of the Showjumping and Vaulting competitions taking place.

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

Showjumping

Giving young riders a chance has really paid off for the Irish showjumping team as Team IRE rider Bertram Allen, the youngest rider competing in the showjumping aged 19, won the speed leg of the competition.

Riding Molly Malone V Bertram’s winning round has helped Ireland into seventh place in the team competition after the first day. France, Sweden, and the USA are currently sitting in the top three team spots.

Britain finished in 11th place after clear rounds from Michael Whitaker, Joe Clee, and Spencer Roe. Team mate Scott Brash had four penalty points but with two more days of jumping to go before final medals are decided Team GBR are in a strong position.

You can see Horse & Hound catching up with Scott Brash after his round here.

Vaulting

Team GBR vaulter Joanne Eccles proved why she’s considered one of the best in the world by finding herself in silver medal position after the first part of the individual female vaulting competition, the compulsory test.

Sister, and team mate, Hannah Eccles is currently in 16th place having made an error in her test by touching the ground after dismounting. Third team member Lucy Phillips is currently within the cut-off for the second round of competition and is confident she can make the grade.

Tomorrow the vaulters will perform a freestyle to music test and the top 15 will then go forward to the second round of competition on Thursday and Friday.

Team GBR isn’t fielding a team or any male competitors but Hannah and Joanne will be performing in the pas de deux competition on Thursday.