British good fortune continued through both jumping phase at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
All four team members, Piggy, Tom McEwen, Gemma Tattersall and Ros Canter, jumped clear and inside the time across country, moving the team up in to the gold medal position, with two fences in hand over Ireland ahead of the showjumping – which was delayed by 24 hours due to Hurricane Florence, a situation that has never happened before so how the horses would come out to jump after a day’s break was something of an unknown quantity.
Quarrycrest Echo and Tom’s ride Todelo de Kerser had a rail apiece, Gemma’s Arctic Soul already the discard score before picking up 12 jumping penalties. Ros and Allstar B secured the win with a clear round.
Piggy finished the competition in 10th place, commenting: “I had a very different horse in there, more than I’ve had ever had before; he felt very good outside, he spooked quite badly at the water tray going into fence three and that just kind of set the tone for my round. They’re all very good jumpers, but when they do something different to what they normally do you just have to react.”
This was Britain’s first world team gold medal since 2010, and the lowest team score in world championship history. A fantastic result.
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