From a field of 121 riders, it was down to just four on Saturday night for the Jumping World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. In a true test of skill, the Final Four challenged the riders to compete on their competitors’ horses.
The master of all four horses turned out to be Belgium’s Philippe Le Jeune. Abdullah Al Sharbatly of the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia stepped in to take the silver while Eric Lamaze of Canada seized the bronze.
Jumping, however, was not the only intense battle underway at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Following dressage tests, the driving competition saw an unprecedented two ties going into the marathon phase. As expected, all ties were broken with the Netherlands now moving into a strong lead and Australia’s Boyd Exell taking the reins for gold medal position going into Sunday’s final obstacle phase.
Vaulting medals were also decided at the Alltech Arena following freestyle individual tests. At the top of the medal podium stood Switerland’s Patric Looser as the new men’s world champion vaulter and Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles as the women’s world champion.
1, Philippe Le Jeune (BEL) 0; 2, Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) 8; 3, Eric Lamaze (CAN) 9; 4, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) 12.
Grade Ib Individual Freestyle – 1, Lee Pearson (Gentleman) GBR 82.50; 2, Stinna Tange Kaastrup (Labbenhus Snoevs) DEN 77.00; 3, Katja Karjalainen (Rosie) FIN 72.85.
Grade II Individual Freestyle– 1, Angelika Dr. Trabert (Ariva-Avanti) GER 75.900; 2, Gert Bolmer (Triumph) NED 75.850; 3, Jo Pitt (Estralita) GBR 74.95.
Team – 1, Great Britain 440.376; 2, Germany 420.337; 3, Denmark 418.389.
Vaulting Individual Final:
Female Individual Final– 1, Joanne Eccles (GBR) 8,413; 2, Antje Hill (GER) 8,323; 3, Simone Wiegele (GER) 8,281.
Male Individual Final – 1, Patric Looser (SUI) 8,498; 2, Kai Vorberg (GER) 8,463; 3, Nicolas Andreani (FRA) 8,452.
Driving – Marathon:
Individual – 1, Boyd Exell (AUS) 130.52; 2, Ijsbrand Chardon (NED) 132.24; 3, Tucker Johnson (USA) 147.06; 4, Theo Timmerman (NED) 148.79; 5, Tomas Eriksson (SWE) 149.82.
Team – 1, Netherlands 273.77; 2, United States of America 300.92; 3, Sweden 311.24; 4, Australia 311.99; 5, Germany 315.29.
FULL RESULTS at www.alltechfeigames.com/results
Audio interviews are available for free download via the link below:
Dr. Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the Closing Ceremonies – Preview Interview:
Philippe Le Jeune (BEL) – Jumping Gold (English):
Philippe Le Jeune (BEL) – Jumping Gold (French):
Abdullah Al Sharbatly (KSA) – Jumping Silver:
Eric Lamaze (CAN) – Jumping Bronze:
Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) – Jumping (English):
Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) – Jumping (Portuguese):
Commentary on Philippe Le Jeune Clinching the Gold:
Tucker Johnson (USA) – Driving:
Patrick Looser (SUI) – Vaulting (English):
Patrick Looser (SUI) – Vaulting (Swiss/German):
Joanne Eccles (GBR) – Vaulting:
Kai Vorberg (GER) - Vaulting (German):
Kai Vorberg (GER) – Vaulting (English):
Photo Caption: Philippe Le Jeune cleared the Alltech Fence and became the gold medal winner of the Final Four Competition in the Jumping World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Credit: Dirk Caremans