Sharon White announced this morning, Oct. 10, that she was withdrawing Under Suspection from the Military Boekelo CCIO*** (the Netherlands.) White and “Pippy” were scheduled to ride their dressage test today at 3:41 p.m.
Where can you find the American spectators at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games? Hanging out at the Alltech bar, of course! Betsy Minton and Shawna Dietrich of Dietrich Equine Insurance joined Susan McIlwain and pairs pony driver Wendy O'Brien for a quick stop for some libations before continuing their trip through the amazing trade fair.
Yesterday Doda de Miranda hit bottom, literally. The popular Brazilian rider fell off Ad Rahmannshof’s Bogeno and was eliminated in the speed round at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. But he rallied today to jump an emotional clear round over a tough course.
Thrills and spills ruled the Michel d’Ornano stadium as 153 show jumping competitors from around the globe galloped through the ring at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
At day’s end Irish teenager Bertram Allen, 19, turned in the fastest round on Molly Malone V in 77.01 seconds, with Frenchman Patrice Delaveau right behind him on Orient Express HDC on 77.18 to put the home team atop the leaderboard on Day 1.
World, meet Sandra Auffarth. Soft spoken and shy, she’s stood in the shadow of reigning world and Olympic champion Michael Jung for years. Sure she won individual silver at the 2011 European Championships and individual bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games for Germany, in addition to team gold at both events, but despite all that, she’s flown under the radar due to her wunderkind teammate.
“Every footfall for 11 minutes was hard work.” Thus spoke Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, the leader after cross-country in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games aboard Chilli Morning.
The difficult conditions were no surprise after persistent rain soaked the area around the track at Haras du Pin for days leading up to cross-country. The organizers worked feverishly to improve the situation, draining the course, taking a loop off along with two fences, and reducing the time from 11:30 to 10:30.
The U.S. team came into the cross-country portion of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in good spirits with high expectations. Although they’d drawn first in the order, it seemed like that might even be an advantage given that everyone expected the water-logged footing to deteriorate over the day.
But the team members couldn’t catch a break, as rider after rider ran into trouble.
If there was one refrain repeated in every interview today, it was, “This isn’t going to be a dressage competition.”
The results after Day 1 of dressage are not unexpected. Germany slotted into second and third individually with Michael Jung on Fischerrocana FST ahead of Ingrid Klimke on FRH Escada JS to take the team lead.
People will remember the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, for all kinds of reasons, but one thing that won’t show up in the records is that it was the first major international games to feature serious helmet use in the dressage.