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Last Day Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 – Day 13 highlights

Alice-Rose Brown

The last day of the World Equestrian Games 2014 was certainly worth watching! In particular the final of the individual showjumping proved a favourite with the crowds as Dutch rider Jeroen Dubbeldam was crowned World Champion.

Also contested on the final day of the Games was the Driving competition.

Here’s more about the last day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014:

Showjumping

Although there were no British riders taking part in the final round of the individual showjumping competition jumping enthusiasts from around the world tuned in to see who would be crowned the World Champion.

Known as the “final four” the deciding round of the individual showjumping sees the top four riders swap horses and jump the course four times, each time riding a different horse.

The World Equestrian Games is the only competition where this happens and is a spectacular demonstration of teamwork and horsemanship.

Dutch rider Jeroen Dubbeldam took the gold and was the only rider to complete four clear rounds.

French rider Patrice Delaveau took silver with four faults and Beezie Madden, from the USA, took the bronze.

Driving

The final phase of the Driving competition, the cones phase, also took place on the final day of the Games and it was Australian driver Boyd Exell that took the individual gold medal, retaining the title after winning it in 2010.

Chester Webber from the USA took the individual silver and Dutch driver Theo Timmerman took individual bronze.

Despite drivers citing problems with the movement of the artificial surface all competitors put in strong performances and the standard of competition was exceptional.

In the team competition the Dutch took the gold again with Germany and Hungary taking silver and bronze respectively.

Team GBR finished in eighth place in the team competition with Wilf Bowman-Ripley producing a clear round and finishing in individual 15th place. Team mate Dick Lane had time penalties and had a finishing place of 32nd.

Unfortunately the final member of Team GBR, Georgina Hunt, was disappointed to have two balls down and finished in 24th place.