The Driving World Championships continued Friday at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, with the second phase of the dressage test. There is a strange twist in the competition, however, as there are now two tie scores in play – Chester Weber (USA) and Ijsbrand Chardon (NED) for the silver position and the Netherlands and the United States in contention for the team gold.
“I have never seen two ties at a world championship,” said Tucker Johnson of the US team. The ties will be put to the test Saturday with the driving marathon. “I think you are going to see really fast driving,” said Johnson. “The point for me will be driving fast enough without making a mistake; that will be the real test.”
A new World Championship record was made in driving by Boyd Exell (AUS), who executed a faultless dressage score of 30.08 penalty points. The previous record of 32.13 points was held by the United States’ Chester Weber.
On the other side of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Alltech Arena was packed Friday as both individual technical tests and freestyle team vaulting competitions was contested. The lead positions moving into Saturday are held by Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles, Switzerland’s Patric Looser, and the German team.
Great Britain continued to hold court in the Covered Arena where para-dressage tests were underway. The provisional results show Great Britain sweeping the Grade 1a individual freestyle medals with Grade III being won by Hannelore Brenner of Germany.
Under the lights of the Main Stadium, the final four World Championship jumpers were determined: Eric Lamaze (CAN), Philippe Le Jeune (BEL), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA). The four will face off again tomorrow night in a test that will have each of them riding the other competitors’ horses.
Results- Para Dressage Individual Freestyle:
Grade III– 1, Hannelore Brenner (Women of the World) GER 381; 2, Annika Lykke Dalskov (Pruessen Wind) DEN 365; 3, Sharon Jarvis (Applewood Odorado) AUS 359.
Grade 1a – 1, Emma Sheardown (Purdy’s Dream) GBR 381; 2, Sophie Christiansen (Rivaldo of Berkeley) GBR 375; 3, Anne Dunham (Teddy) GBR 356.
Vaulting Individual Round 2 Individual Technical Tests:
Female – 1, Joanne Eccles (GBR) 8,337; 2, Antje Hill (GER) 8,207; 3, Simone Wiegele (GER) 8,192; 4, Mary McCormick (USA) 8,133; 4, Megan Benjamin (USA) 8,065.
Male – 1, Patric Looser (SUI) 8,369; 2, Kai Vorberg (GER) 8,353; 3, Nicolas Andreani (FRA) 8,301; 4, Stefan Csandl (AUT) 8,123; 5, Gero Meyer (GER) 8,091.
Vaulting Team Freestyle:
1, Germany 8,399; 2, Austria 8,338; 3, United States of America 8,102; 4, Switzerland 8,054; 5, France 8,003.
Driving – Dressage Test Part 2:
Individual – 1, Boyd Exell (AUS) 1015; 2, Chester Weber (USA) 969; 2, Ijsbrand Chardon (NED) 969; 4, Theo Timmerman (GER) 936; 5, Tucker Johnson (USA) 936.
Team – 1, Netherlands 76.16; 1, United States of America 76.16; 3, Australia 85.38; 4, Germany 98.44; 5, Sweden 103.68.
Jumping – Individual Standings - 1, Eric Lamaze (Hickstead) CAN 3.39; 2, Philippe Le Jeune (Vigo d´Arsouilles) BEL 4.11; 3, Rodrigo Pessoa (HH Rebozo) BRA 6.80; 4, Abdullah Al Sharbatly (Seldana di Campalto) KSA 7.07.
FULL RESULTS at www.alltechfeigames.com/results
Audio interviews are available for free download via the link below:
Boyd Exell – Driving
Rodrigo Pessoa - Jumping
Eric Lamaze - Jumping
Philippe Le Jeune - Jumping
Abdullah Al Sharbatly - Jumping
McLain Ward - Jumping
Edwina Alexander - Jumping
Christian Santis (Spanish) - Jumping
Marcus Ehning (German) - Jumping
Photo Caption: Tucker Johnson-Four In Hand; Canada’s Eric Lamaze finished first in Friday’s individual Jumping World Championships test and will battle it out with three other riders Saturday night in the Final Four competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Credit: Dirk Caremans