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Lisa Slade

September 6, 2014

Madden Sitting Third After Day 4 First World Games Individual Round

Caen, France—Sept. 6  

 The show jumping for today is half over here at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with 29 riders having just finished their first course on this final individual qualifying day. Beezie Madden dropped from first to third when Cortes ‘C’ ticked the back rail of the oxer at fence 5. Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson took the lead with his clear round on Casall Ask.

September 5, 2014

Weber Continues His Driven Dressage Hot Streak At World Games

Caen, France—Sept. 5 

Even though he’d just taken the lead, Boyd Exell wasn’t happy with the score he earned during his driven dressage test this morning. He knew who was coming. 

That “who” is Chester Weber, a notoriously strong dressage driver. And Weber's impressive tearm trotted into the ring this afternoon and did what everyone expected them to do, laying down a score of 32.21 penalties for the lead. Australia’s Exell isn’t far behind him on 35.51.

September 4, 2014

Madden Makes It Count For U.S. Team Bronze Behind The Netherlands And France

Caen, France—Sept. 4  

With one less rail, it would've been gold. But with a single time penalty, there would've been no medal at all. Such was the kind of day—a day of close numbers and high pressure—show jumpers faced at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The U.S. team earned bronze behind the Netherlands and France on a score of 16.72 when three out of the four had 4 faults each.

September 3, 2014

Madden Leads U.S. Team To World Games Silver Position

Caen, France—Sept. 3

“It was pressure, but it was fun pressure,” said Beezie Madden.

What’s considered fun pressure? For Madden that's riding last on the Hermes U.S. Show Jumping Team and knowing your team has already qualified for the final day of competition, but a clear round will make your position at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games even stronger. And if anyone can handle that anchor spot—and manage to call it “fun pressure” along the way—it’s Madden, who has multiple Olympic team gold medals and a Rolex FEI World Cup Final title to her name.

September 3, 2014

U.S. Fifth In Team Show Jumping At Lunch Break

Caen, France—Sept. 3

There are many fences left to clear before the U.S. riders can rest, but midway through the second day of jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, they’re in a striking position—fifth—on a score of 8.72. The team’s less than one rail behind the leaders, with Germany first (4.82) and the Netherlands second (4.83). But the scores are slightly misleading at this point as some teams, including the top two, haven't jumped three riders yet today. 

August 30, 2014

Wild Lone Dies After World Games Cross-Country

Wild Lone, a horse ridden by Great Britain’s Harry Meade, collapsed and died at the conclusion of his cross-country course today at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A post mortem will be performed on the horse to establish a cause of death.

The 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Charlotte Opperman had just completed the tough four-star course with no jumping penalties and 26.4 time. The horse collapsed shortly after Meade dismounted.

"He felt totally normal and perfect until the moment I got off," said Meade.

August 29, 2014

Graves Goes All Out For Top Five Finish In World Games Freestyle

Aug. 29—Caen, France

Most riders who achieve a top five placing at a major championship dream and plan for the competition all year. They lay out their show schedule months in advance; they consider when their horse might peak in his fitness; they plan travel.

Laura Graves? She only found out she was coming to Europe a few months ago—in fact just a few days before her horse’s plane left. And she had no expectations for her placing here at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

August 29, 2014

Another Gold—And Fun—For Dujardin In Freestyle

Caen, France—Aug. 29

She holds multiple world records, and she's won Olympic gold, European Championships gold, the FEI World Cup Final, and now two individual World Games gold medals. What’s next for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro?

August 28, 2014

Yamamah Perseveres On Tough World Games Endurance Day

Sartilly, France—Aug. 28

On a day that saw only 35 finishers out of 166 starters, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum on Yamamah swept the 100-mile endurance race at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a time (8:08:28) more than 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. The Netherlands’ Marijka Visser on Laiza de Jalima was silver, and Qatar’s Abdulrahman Saad A.S. Sulaiteen took bronze. Spain’s team earned gold, while France was silver and Switzerland bronze.

August 27, 2014

Charlotte’s Ferrari, Valegro, Gets Another Gold

Caen, France—Aug. 27

Throughout her Grand Prix Special, Charlotte Dujardin could hear the crowd gasping in unison. They gasped when she earned 10s for her extended trot, and the numbers flashed on the leaderboard. They gasped when her score briefly hovered over 90 percent. Then they really gasped when Valegro stopped before his first piaffe for a brief bathroom break, and then again when Dujardin missed her last two tempi.

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