The Netherlands Leads the Team Competition

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'. Photo by Mary Phelps
Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'. Photo by Mary Phelps

Home grown French superstar Patrice Delaveau riding Orient Express today went into the lead in the Individual competition, whilst The Netherlands currently leads in the Team competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.

Results, Show Jumping, First Round Team Competition (Individual)

  1. Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Orient Express HDC (Total Faults 0.08)
  2. Beezie Madden (USA), Cortes C (0.16)
  3. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE), Casall ASK (0.34)
  4. Daniel Deusser (GER), Cornet d'Amour (0.70)
  5. Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED), Zenith SFN (1.25)
  6. Gerco Schroder (GER), Glock's London NOP (1.29)
  7. Soren Pedersen (DEN), Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel (2.49)
  8. McLain Ward (USA), Rothchild (2.56)
  9. Sheikh Ali bin Khali Al Thani (QAT), Vienna Olympic (2.89)
  10. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), VDL Groep Verdi TN NOP (3.05

Results, Show Jumping, First Round Team Competition (Team)

  1. The Netherlands (Total Faults 4.83)
  2. USA (8.72)
  3. Germany (8.82)
  4. France (10.08)
  5. Brazil (12.95)
  6. Canada (14)
  7. Sweden (15.01)
  8. Ireland (18.51)
  9. Colombia (21.86)
  10. Ukraine (22.98)

Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy came alive on the second day of the competition with the riders being asked some very demanding questions by the course designer, Frederic Cottier. A second clear round was hard to come by but some of the leading names in the sport are beginning to emerge in what looks like being a highly competitive individual competition over the next few days. 

Only the Top 50 individual riders and Top 10 Nations go through to the Second Round of the Team Competition taking place on Thursday 4 September. 

Competing for Team Brazil, Rolex Testimonee Rodrigo Pessoa, riding Status, produced the only double clear round from the first two days for the Brazilian team and helped them into 5th position, whilst individually Pessoa is currently in 15th place with 4.1 faults. 

Commenting on his experience Pessoa said:  "Confidence was good as the horse warmed up really well, and this course suited him and his big stride, and he responded very well to everything that I asked. We needed this clear round to stay in touch with the good ones. But we still have to do a lot tomorrow, so it is far from over. The crowd has been really good; imagine they arrived here at 9,00am and have stayed all the day and been really enthusistic from the morning up to this evening, and you really want to do well when you have the crowd like that behind you. From tomorrow on I think the stadium will be louder with more people with and an even better atmosphere."

All four of the Rolex Show Jumping Testimonees competing at the Games are currently in the Top 50, with Eric Lamaze on Zigali PS in 24th, Kevin Staut in 26th place on Riveur de Hurtebise HDC and Steve Guerdat on Nino des Buissonnets in 43rd place. 

Rider Quotes:

Patrice Delaveau (FRA): My horse Orient had a very good day today. I took a big push at the Rolex oxer and it was a good day for me. It was not so good for the team with just one clear, but tomorrow could be a better day. The spectators here are very good, for the sport and the team. 

Beezie Madden (USA): It feels great to be back riding again. I am very thankful to my horse. He had very little showing this summer when I was hurt. There is still a long way to go and I hope to be back here again. 

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE): Of course it is always nice to get a medal, but we have only done two rounds so far and will still have five more to go. My horse is motivated and in good form. I am really happy with how my horse managed to do today's course.