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A few memorable equestrian highlights from Rio

August 23, 2016

Michael Jung writes history with a back-to-back gold medal in Eventing

Germany’s Michael Jung and his horse Sam earn their second consecutive Olympic gold in individual Eventing. He is only the third rider in the history of the sport to do so. Ironically, Sam was not Jung’s first choice for the Rio Games, his intended horse picked up and infection a week before animals were due in Rio. Sam proved to be Olympic worthy with another gold performance and a comeback from the No. 5 spot to make Olympic history.

 USA’s oldest competing Olympian Phillip Dutton earns his first individual Eventing title

Phillip Dutton, 52-years-old made an incredible comeback from the No.15 spot on day to Eventing to the No. 3 spot in the finals to claim bronze. Dutton’s crucial near perfect cross-country performance advanced him to a top five spot entering Tuesday’s jumping finals. Dutton and Mighty Nice finish both jumping rounds with minimal time penalties to become the first American duo to earn an individual Eventing title since Beijing.

Laura Graves and Diddy earn the U.S. dressage team a spot on the podium

The fate of the U.S. dressage team was in the hands of Laura Graves and Diddy in the Grand Prix special. She became the team’s last chance at trumping the Dutch in a battle for the bronze title.  The U.S. fell short to the Dutch’s 74.991 average after performances from Allison Brock, Steffen Peters, and Kasey Perry-Glass averaged out to be 73.984. Graves answered the team’s prayers by delivering the ride of her life. The duo’s 80.644 score on their performance secured the U.S. team a spot on the podium for the first time since 2004.

Spanish dressage rider Severo Jurado Lopez and Lorenzo perform to “Smooth” by Santana

Severo Jesus Juardo Lopez and horse Lorenzo stole everyone’s hearts with a dressage performance to “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas in the Individual Freestyle, but unfortunately were not able to bring home gold.

Charlotte Dujardin seals the deal on gold and fiancé

Charlotte Dujardin and Velegro seal the deal on their second consecutive dressagean gold medal, tying British Cyclist Laura Troff as the most decorated British female in Olympic history. The duo also surpasses the record breaking score they set in the London Games. The 31-year-old Dujardin also agreed to head to the alter with fiancé Dean Wyatt Goulding after he sported a message on his shirt reading “Can we get married now?”

Isabell Werth earns 10th Olympic medal to become the most decorated equestrian athlete in Olympic history

Germany’s Isabell Werth became the most successful rider at the Olympics as she helped lead the German dressage team back to the top with a gold title in the Grand Prix Special. Her success wouldn’t stop at the Grand Prix gold. The “Dressage Queen” delivers an extraordinary performance in the Grand Prix Individual Freestyle claiming silver and surpassing Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands as the most decorated equestrian athlete in Olympic history with a total of 10 Olympic medals.

France clinches jumping gold after just three riders

France comes out fighting in the Team Jumping finals from fifth place position to take home a second equestrian team gold in Rio. France entered the finals trailing Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and Team USA who remained in a four-way tie for first place with clear scores. The French compensate for Tuesday’s Round One performance with three back-to-back clear rounds to seal the deal on gold after just three competitors. France secures gold with a team total of 1 penalty point.

Nick Skelton wins individual jumping gold with replaced hip

Great Britain’s Nick Skelton and horse Big Star take home Great Britain’s first individual show jumping gold with a clear 42.82 second performance in the six man jump-off. Skelton, the oldest competitor to make it to the jumping finals, set the bar high for his rivals with a quick and flawless performance in a nail-biting six man jump-off that nobody could contest to. Six Olympic Games, two broken CI vertebrae, and a hip replacement later Skelton earns a fairytale ending to his equestrian career by adding an individual gold title to his London 2012 team title.


Australia takes the bronze medal in team Eventing

Against the odds Australia has won the bronze medal in Eventing, despite two of the final three riders clipping fences in the final show jumping component. France won the gold medal and German the silver, but Australia snuck ahead of New Zealand after their legendary rider Mark Todd clipped four fences for 16 penalties.



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