WEG I TWO POLE POSITONS! “SUPER” STEVE & BIANCA LEAD SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭 TO PROVISIONAL LEAD IN INDIVIDUAL & TEAM COMPETITIONS AT WEG
A brilliant round from Steve Guerdat 🇨🇭 and the fiery mare Bianca put the 2012 Olympic champion and Team Switzerland into pole position as the Bank of America Jumping Championship got underway at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon, USA yesterday. A colourful, testing but honest 14-fence track built by Irishman Alan Wade (IRL) created spectacular sport for spectators and the 124 horse-and-rider combinations from 49 nations.
The defending world champions from The Netherlands jumped into second ahead of Brazil in third and The USA in fourth. But the biggest story of the day was the stunning performance of the Australians who slotted into fifth and whose final rider, Rowan Willis 🇦🇺, is lying individually third behind Brazil’s Pedro Veniss 🇧🇷 in silver medal position and Guerdat at the top of the leaderboard.
France, Sweden, Germany, Colombia and Ireland fill the remaining top-10 team places in the field of 25 nations.
Guerdat (SUI) was second-last to go and raced into the lead in the individual rankings when clear in 76.33. “It was a long day waiting, we walked the course before 9am and it was nine hours later when I got on my horse but I was kind of confident because the course walked well. The fastest horses were not leading so I had thought if I stuck to my plan I had a good chance of being among the top three today, so I actually really enjoyed my round and I can’t ask for much more!” he said.
To be continued in the next post....
Source: Press release by Louise Parkes for FEI – Fédération Equestrian Internationale
Photo: © FEI / Martin Dokoupil
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