There are five total show jumping rounds at the World Equestrian Games. The first three rounds determine the team placing. Yesterday’s Round 1 was Table C format (speed round, with faults converted into seconds.) The following two rounds are Nations Cup format (Table A, no jump off) the first of which takes place Tuesday, Oct. 5. Individuals not part of a team compete in the first of these, but not the second.
The top 30 riders from Round 1 and the first Nations Cup round advance to the individual competition.
Mario Deslauriers jumped to the top of the leaderboard aboard Urico for the United States at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the halfway point of Round 1. He led a blazing clear speed round to stop the clock almost 2 seconds faster than Hungarian Sándor Szász. Rodrigo Pessoa lies third for Brazil aboard HH Rebozo, and his former teammate, who now rides for the Ukraine, Billy Birr and Cassio Rivetti, jumped clear to lay fourth.