Saturday, October 9, 2010

WEG Jumping: Facts, Figures, and Quotes

Facts and Figures:
30 horses went into the first round of today's competition
24 horses competed in round 2
There was one elimination in the first round - G&C Lagran ridden by Venezuela's Pablo Barrios
There was one retirement in the first round - Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Checkmate
The bogey fence of the first round was the penultimate fence - the triple combination at fence 11

Reigning Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, who goes into tomorrow's Final Four competition, broke his foot while competing in the Grand Prix at Aachen in July.
Four horses and riders go into tomorrow's final which will decide the new World Champion - Canada's Eric Lamaze and Hickstead, Belgium's Philippe Le Jeune with Vigo D'Arsouilles, Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa with HH Rebozo and Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Al Sharbatly with Seldana Di Campalto.
The riders will exchange horses during tomorrow's exciting final competition which begins at 8pm local time.
Abdullah Al Sharbatly's horse is a mare, the other three horses in tomorrow's final are all stallions.

Rodrigo Pessoa talking about his horse HH Rebozo "He came from Candice King (US rider), she took her time with him and his performance here owes a lot to her very good work with him".
Philippe Le Jeune talking about tomorrow's challenge "you have three minutes and two jumps to get used to the new horse, it's up to me to do the best I can".
Eric Lamaze "I'm looking forward to riding the three other horses - it's going to be fun!".

Results :
Standings after Today's Competition - 1, Hickstead (Eric Lamaze) CAN 3.39; 2, Vigo d'Arsouilles (Philippe Le Jeune) BEL 4.11; 3, HH Rebozzo (Rodrigo Pessoa) BRA 6.80; 4, Seldana di Campalto (Abdullah Al Sharbatly) KSA 7.07; 5, Corradina (Carsten-Otto Nagel) GER 7.24; 6, Ninja la Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) SWE 9.37; 7, Sapphire (McLain Ward) USA 12.27; 8, Chianto (John Pearce) CAN 12.70; 9, AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan (Alvaro Miranda) BRA 12.85; 10, Avenzio 3 (Taizo Sugitani) JPN 13.40.

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