Peters feels that the horse will be improved in Saturday’s Grand Prix Special, after getting some experience in the main arena tonight.
“He only did his first grand prix in March,” said Peters. “I can’t risk it that much in the changes yet but I really went for it in the trot work.”
The funny thing about horses is that sometimes it really just doesn’t go to plan.
Peters’ performance couldn’t erase the completely uncharacteristic test put in by Debbie McDonald and Peggy and Parry Thomas’ Brentina. Veterans (and medalists) of the World Equestrian Games and the Olympic Games, the Hailey, ID combination are always dependable for a good mark.
Tonight it was not meant to be.
“She started spooking when I went in the ring,” said a despondent McDonald after scoring 63.00%. “I have no idea what she was spooking at, I couldn’t put my leg on her. I was totally surprised. I don’t really know what to say, I feel awful for the team. She was so much different than she was in the warm-up she totally took me by surprise.”
The 17-year-old Hanoverian mare made big mistakes in the canter pirouettes and McDonald could never ask her to really go for it in the ring. The mare has been rock steady all spring and summer, she was second to Ravel at the USEF Selection Trials and no one expected her to unravel in the ring. The plan coming into these Games was for the mare to be retired upon returning home, even though this is not the way McDonald would like to see her go out – it certainly will take nothing away from her illustrious career.
Courtney King-Dye and Mythilus had put in an excellent performance on the previous evening to kick off the
The top 25 riders return to the ring on Saturday with a clean slate in Grand Prix Special.
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The Dutch team won Silver on a score of 71.750% and the Danish won Bronze by less than a point over the
The show jumpers finally get the closing act underway tomorrow after days of patiently waiting. All the horses were passed the horse inspection with flying colors this morning and the
Authentic, Carlsson vom Dach, Cedric, Champ and Sapphire all looked fit and well jogging in the sunny Sha Tin main arena. The first Show Jumping Individual Qualifier gets underway tomorrow night as the dressage takes a day off before their individual competition starts. The
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