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Mollie Bailey

September 4, 2014

Scott Brash Withdraws From World Games

After two days of competition, British rider Scott Brash has elected to withdraw from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France. The rider, who has been ranked No. 1 in the Longines FEI World Rankings for the last 10 months and helped Great Britain win team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, competed Hello Sanctos in the first two rounds of competition. The team from Great Britain did not qualify for today’s team final, which kicks off at 3:15 p.m. CEST. Brash was the sole British rider to earn the chance to continue as an individual, and he sat 36th.

August 31, 2014

Flarida Leads U.S. Sweep Of Reining Individual Medals

Aug. 30—Caen, France

Shawn Flarida added a fifth gold medal to his collection at last night’s individual reining final at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, leading a U.S. sweep of the medal podium.

His score of 233.5 on Spooks Gotta Whiz edged out Andrea Fappani’s Custom Cash Advance, with Mandy McCutcheon earning bronze on Yellow Jersey.

August 29, 2014

Auffarth and Germany On Top Heading Into Cross-Country Day, Team USA In Third

Aug. 29—Haras du Pin, France

After two days of eventing dressage, the best was saved for last at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo put in a stellar test to score 35.2 and strengthen Germany’s lead over New Zealand heading into tomorrow’s cross-country. She edged ahead of Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning), and Jock Paget’s midday ride on Clifton Promise put that Kiwi in overall third.

August 28, 2014

Pearson Produces Another Individual Gold For Great Britain

Aug. 28—Caen, France

Four years ago para-dresage rider Lee Pearson earned the individual Grade Ib gold medal for Great Britain, and at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, he managed the same result. This time around Pearson tacked up Zion, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Flemming H to score a 77.31 percent.

August 28, 2014

Updated: Horse Dies During World Games Endurance Competition

Sartilly, France—Aug. 28

Costa Rican combination Claudia Romero Chacon and Dorado suffered a fall during the first loop of the endurance competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time. The pair fell 13.6 km. into the course, just 400 meters before the first checkpoint. Dorado died instantly. Romero has undergone surgery for fractures and internal injuries and is reported in serious but stable condition.

August 26, 2014

U.S. Reiners Storm Normandy To Take Team Gold

Team USA has claimed reining gold since the sport joined the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2002. And this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games squad of Andrea Fappani, Mandy McCutcheon, Shawn Flarida and Jordan Larson continued that tradition, winning over Belgium. Austria’s Martin Mühlstätter’s strong run on Wimpys Little Buddy, which put him in equal second individually with McCutcheon and Fappani, boosted that team to bronze.

August 26, 2014

Feathers Fly For South Africa

When Chere Burger came down centerline yesterday morning at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France, she attracted plenty of attention. Burger sat atop the only Friesian in the competition, and she served as the first rider of the first South African dressage team at a world championship.

August 24, 2014

Davis Injures Hand

Lucy Davis, member of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France), injured her left hand yesterday, Aug. 23.

Davis was at the Stephex Masters (Belgium) at the time, but she didn’t hurt herself while riding. While Davis was unavailable for comment, her longtime trainer Markus Beerbaum confirmed the injury.

August 12, 2014

Torano To Take Over Farmer’s Rides At Derby Championship

Jimmy Torano will be putting his saddle on the Lane Change Farm entries at this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, Aug. 22-23 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Kelley Farmer was slated to ride seven Lane Change horses at Championships, but she broke her collarbone on Aug. 3 during a fall at a derby at Equifest II (Ill.). She went in for surgery yesterday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2014

Clarke Turns In a Win At Menlo Charity

Menlo Park, Calif.—Aug. 9

When Lane Clarke walked the jump-off track for the $40,000 Los Gatos Luxury Cars Grand Prix, he knew he and Semira de Salieu would have the edge. There were two options after the second last fence: turn left for a longer smooth path, or turn right for a shorter path with a few fences to weave around.

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