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2022 FEI World Championships – Day 6

The weather in Denmark has turned abnormally warm over the last two days (the locals label it “quite hot,” but at home in the Midwest this would be just “regular summer weather”). In keeping with the trend, day 6 of the 2022 FEI World Championships in Denmark brought more show jumping that was just as hot in many ways.

Adrienne Sternlicht and Crystalline from the U.S.A. jump the colorful Nyhavn houses, the last element of Thursday’s triple combination in the Team and Individual Competition Round 1. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Show Jumping



Teams Sweden and France added zero penalties to their previous score from Wednesday’s speed class, leaving them only 1.75 penalties apart. The Swedes are still basking in the glow of their Olympic win last summer and for France show jumping success is a matter of national pride. Third place Germany, another traditional show jumping powerhouse, is just over six points behind after adding a rail to their score.

America’s team finished 11th, just one place too far down the list to return for tomorrow’s team competition. This leaves the U.S. Team the task of still needing to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. U.S. riders McLain Ward and Brian Moggre are in 12th and 25th, respectively, from Wednesday’s class and will be able to continue competing as individuals tomorrow (Friday, August 12).

Brian Moggre and Balou de Reventon of the U.S.A. jump fence 5b. It honors Denmark's national flower, the Margarite Daisy named for their queen. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
Julien Epaillard and Caracole de la Roque of France look ahead to the next leg of the Championships. A mere 1.75 points separates them from second place. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
France’s Julien Epaillard and Caracole de la Roque ended the day with another faultless round. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
McLain Ward and Contagious clear the Ecco jump. Ecco is a well-known Danish shoe manufacturer founded in the 1960s. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
McLain Ward and Contagious had a clear round on Thursday, August 11. They'll start in 12th place in the individual competition. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
Lillie Keenan and Argan de Beliard of the U.S.A. take the FEI jump in the second leg of the FEI World Team and Individual Jumping Championships. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography
The U.S.A.’s Lillie Keenan and Argan de Beliard tackle the Nyhavn houses jump. The pair added 11 to their score to finish on 15.08 penalty points in 69th place. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Brian Moggre and Balou de Reventon added one rail to their score today. They'll enter the individual competition in 25th place. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography

Less than one point now separates the top five jumper riders vying for spots in the individual finals. Tomorrow’s team final class will also help to sort out who will move on to Sunday’s those individual medal finals. At the end of the day yesterday France’s Julien Epaillard held first with no penalties. Scott Brash of Great Britain, Peder Fredricson and Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden and Canada’s Tiffany Foster round out the top five.
Between the unusual heat wave and the fantastic competition, tomorrow’s show jumping won’t be turning down the heat at all.

Para-Dressage in the Spotlight

Turning to the Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Para-Dressage World Championships competition over in the BB Horse Arena, the U.S. riders were faring better. Grades III and V competed in their individual tests today with medal ceremonies following.
The U.S.A. had one entry in the Grade III Finals (Rebecca Hart riding Rowan O’ Riley’s El Corona Texel, a 13-year-old bay KWPN gelding by Wynton) and the U.S. Virgin Islands had an entry in the Grade V Finals (Lee Frawley riding Waldron Wild Skye, her 15-year-old black half Warmblood-half Gotland Pony gelding by Wild Dice Bowes).

Michéle George, Belgium, riding Best of 8, took top honors in the World Championships. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Denmark’s Tobias Thorning Joergensen riding Joleen Hill won the para-dressage Grade III individual finals. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Lee Frawley and Waldron Wild Skye participated in the para-dressage Grade V individual finals. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Shelly Watts (pictured) wanted to offer apparel that was made in the USA to fit an array of sizes and shapes. Photo courtesy Abigail Boatwright
Rebecca Hart of the U.S.A. and Rowan O’ Riley’s El Corona Texel captured the first medal for the U.S in para-dressage Grade III. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
The U.S.A.’s veteran para-dressage rider Rebecca Hart and Rowan O’ Riley’s El Corona Texel took bronze in the Para-Dressage Grade III Individual Finals. Their medal was the first one at these Championships for a U.S. rider in any discipline. Photo by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
The medalists in the para-dressage Grade V individual finals, left to right on the podium: Sophie Wells, Great Britain; Michéle George, Belgium, and Frank Hosmar, the Netherlands. Michéle George, Belgiummore
The awards podium for the para-dressage Grade III individual finals, left to right: Natasha Baker, Great Britain, silver; Tobias Thorning Joergensen, Denmark, gold; Rebecca Hart, U.S.A., bronze. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore

Hart and “Tex” turned in a very nice test to earn a 73.147% and the bronze medal. To date this is the U.S.A.’s only medal of the Championships in any division.

Coming Up On Friday, August 12

Para Grades IV, II and I return to the BB Horse Arena with their Team Tests during the day and the show jumping team finals will light up the night when they begin at 9 p.m. local Denmark time with medal ceremonies to follow.

Stay tuned for more photos and daily updates throughout the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. To see in-depth information for the U.S. competitors, visit US Equestrian’s World Championship hub on their website. For more general information about the Herning Championships, visit their website and download an app to follow the competition. For full results from Day 5 of the 2022 FEI World Championships, click here.

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