Here’s the good news: cross country day at WEG went well. The footing held up and the course was challenging but not dangerous. There were 26 numbered obstacles (40 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes, after 23A and 24B ) and the time limit was 10 minutes flat.
Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD have taken over the gold medal position in the individual standings for the WEG eventing competition. Currently the Great Britain leads the team standings with four clear rounds inside the time. Ireland is in second place and France in third.
Great Britain rose to the top with four clear rounds inside the time, while Ireland jumped into silver medal position, and France, the reigning 2016 Olympic champions, are in bronze. Things did not go as planned for Team USA — Both Will Coleman and Boyd Martin picked up penalties with stops on course. Lynn Symansky and Donner were double clear and Phillip Dutton picked up 6.4 time faults on his relatively green ride, Z.
Team GB with Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French, Tom McEwan and Rosalind Canter will go into the Jumping as leaders ahead of Ireland, France and Japan following a great collective performance at the Cross Country.
And here’s a peek at Ingrid Klimke and Bobby.
Here’s the bad news: The Dressage Freestyle, rescheduled for Monday, has now been cancelled. It was logistically not feasible to change the footing in the reining arena to make it suitable for dressage (the surfaces are quite different) and many horses were scheduled to fly out on Monday (when the competition was on Sunday). There were not enough options for the horses to fly out.
Eventing’s stadium competition is still scheduled for Monday. It will be interesting to see how that turns out as one of the challenges of a three day event is how tired the horses are on the third day. The extra day of rest should make the final phase even more competitive.