Twenty-Nine Horses Set To Compete On Day 4 Of World Games Show Jumping

Sep 6, 2014 - 1:25 AM
Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' are the top ranked competitors heading into Day 4 of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo by Mollie Bailey.

The ground jury accepted all 29 show jumpers presented at this morning’s veterinary inspection for the third competition. Sören Pedersen’s Third-ranked Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel was held initially, then passed on reinspection.

Four qualified entries, Kent Farrington, Christian Ahlmann, Ludger Beerbaum and Yann Candele, opted not to continue in the competition, leaving room for a few show jumpers further down the list to join the order of go.

U.S. rider Farrington elected to withdraw Voyeur from competition, after laying 27th after yesterday’s competition. According to a statement on his Facebook page yesterday, “The decision was made after consideration with Voyeur’s owners. Kent feels that there is a lot of jumping still to do in the individual qualifying competition; a lot of ground to make up in the leader board and the likelihood of qualifying for the Individual final on Sunday, with the standard of jumping this weekend is not likely. He is very pleased with the way Voyeur jumped this week and is very pleased to have had the honor of being awarded a bronze medal with Team USA.”

U.S. riders Beezie Madden is on top of the standings with Cortes ‘C’ with .16 penalties, and McLain Ward and Rothchild are in 13th with 6.56 penalties. Get a full start list here.

Ahlmann sat 10th with Codex One, and his German teammate Beerbaum sat 30th with Chiara 222. Canadian Candele lay 22nd with Showgirl heading into today’s competition.

“Due to the mare’s age, between Yann, myself, and [chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin], we made the decision that it was too much to put her through,” explained Eric Lamaze, Candele’s teammate and one of Showgirl’s owners in The Watermark Group. “If they were in the top 10, we would consider sending her, but being in 22nd and having so many riders in front, it is not possible for them to advance to The Final Four. There are several other riders who have also made the decision not to go on Saturday for this reason.”

The first rider goes in the ring at 1:25 p.m. CEST, and riders come back for another round at 3:50 CEST. The top for riders will return for tomorrow’s Final Four competition, when riders all trade horses and negotiate the same course on each other’s mounts.

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