Dressage !Reining! But wait…what happened to Endurance?

The dressage competition has started in earnest today.  This is the first day of the Grand Prix and a total of 38 riders rode  today and a further 39 will ride tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be the high pressure day as the final riders of the teams compete for the medals.

First of all let me state, for the record, that I do not critique the rides and the riders. Yes, I am a dressage rider so I do understand the sport. Yes, I ride at the small tour level ( Prix. St. George and Intermediare 1) so I understand the difficulty of the Grand Prix level tests. But…I do not feel I am capable of critiquing riders who have made it to the World Equestrian Games or in fact any riders who are capable of riding well at the Grand Prix level.  There are many other good sources for complete scores such as Dressage-News.com or the Chronicle of the Horse and others who will give you a complete run down of all the rides.  I am only going to focus on a few of the riders today starting with the Canadians. First up….my coach Belinda Trussell.

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Belinda had a lovely ride and was very happy with Tattoo. As she is my coach I always enjoy seeing her ride. She makes it look effortless although I know it is not. Her score was 68.634.Belinda was very happy with how hard Tattoo had worked for her.

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Next I watched the first rider from Team GB, Spencer Wilton.

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I also watched Spencer’s coach who is none other than the Master….Carl Hester! He seemed pleased with Spencer’s ride as did the other supporters. The score? 74.581

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The next rider I could not miss was Juan Matute Guimon. I have watched Juan Matute for several years in Florida as he moved up through the Junior and Young Riders levels and here he is now……riding for Spain at WEG!  He is 21 years old! He scored 68.494

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After lunch , and on the topic of lunch , the competition organizers have provided us with a wonderful selection of fresh and inviting food for which we were all grateful. For photographic proof here is my lunch! And yes I ate it all!

 

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After lunch the second member of Team Canada came into the ring. Jill Irving on Degas. Her score was 67.88

 

The second member of Team GB, Emile Faurie , rode the very impressive Oono di Maggio for a 72.795

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And right after Emile Faurie came Dorothee Schneider riding for Germany. Her horse Sammy Davis Jr. is a very talented and athletic horse. Huge flying changes! Her score was 75.062  Germany continued to be at the top of the leader board.

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The last rider I was anxious to see was Adrienne Lyle with Salvino. I has seen them in Florida last winter and was impressed. They did not disappoint. Their score of 74.891 moved Team USA up in the standings.

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What were my favorite moments?  I loved the rides I saw when, after the final salute, the rider would express their delight and happiness in how their horse had worked hard for them. That is when I know that even if it is not the highest of scores for the rider it is the best of rides.  My other favorite moments came with the enthusiasm of the crowd supporting their national team’s riders.

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Anders Dahl of Denmark waves to his supporters and behind him there are more waving his country’s flag.

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In the media center there were large screens showing live feeds of the reining in the indoor arena.  I am not up on the intricacies of this discipline but these horses certainly win the prize for the most beautiful and luxuriant manes and tales.  They also have entertaining  names like Custom Made Gun and Gunners Snappy Chic.  It was fun to see this competition which was going on throughout the day.

Also taking place was the Endurance. This was plagued with difficulties as for some reason there was a false start or misdirected start and the horses on course had to be stopped and brought back. Then in the afternoon there were to outbursts of heavy rain that left the ground wet and the going difficult. Top this off with intense heat and high humidity. It was 30 degrees Celsius and with the humidity it would have been into the 40’s Celsius. The decision was made for the health and safety of horses and riders to cancel the continuance of this event.  I do not know if it will be rescheduled. I can only imagine the disappointment and frustration of all the people involved in the Endurance competition many of whom have come from overseas to this World Games.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Grand Prix Dressage. The medals are at stake. Will Germany remain on top? Or will Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin of Team GB pull off an upset? Sweden moved up strongly , will they hold onto that position? And what about the USA with Casey Perry Glass and Laura Graves still to ride?

I will be posting tomorrow evening about it all! Till then…..

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Laleh Chini says:

    Beautiful photos dear, thanks.❤️

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  2. Great photos and I was going to go up to cover Endurance (my sport) which I’m glad I wasn’t there for that dumpster fire. The Spanish and French teams were robbed as well as the individual riders who rode their horses to conditions instead of the model of “Racing” that is favored by FEI and the monied Sheiks.

    I hope that this disaster brings to the public the very real problems we have in FEI Endurance with the money being more important than the welfare of the horses. The overriding was obscene and a discussion that needs to happen outside of the cloistered walls of FEI Endurance.

    That being said, while this WEG is a borderline disaster, there were some bright spots. Thank you for the pictures and post!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      On the Thursday morning after the Endurance disaster I was standing, in the parking lot, waiting for the shuttle down to the media center and was talking to another journalist. He said the same as you that it is all about the money. He was also hopeful that what had happened at WEG would bring about some change.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this most inspiring post!!

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  4. Lignum Draco says:

    I enjoy your enthusiasm and that of all the supporters who appreciate the efforts of the riders and horses, regardless of country.

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  5. Endurance was a mess and since it is my heart and souls sport I followed closely. A group of riders were directed to start the ride on the wrong trail by a steward. It added 5k that the other riders did not do. Instead of assessing time penalties at the end they decided to end the race and restart at the 75 mile distance (it was a 100 mile race) at 1115. This was bad enough but then the canceled the race with horses out on course with an official statement due to heat and humidity. So much disappointment. So much mismanagement. So avoidable.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I hear you! the disappointment must be huge for all those who have worked hard to get here and then to have it messed up like this. I understand about the weather , it was stinking hot and oppressively humid but the problem really started with the human error as you have pointed out.

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  6. Irene says:

    Wow, wow, WOW! The horses are beautiful and so are your photos. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. I am amazed. ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this great comment and your enthusiasm . I appreciate it!

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  7. Emma Cownie says:

    Horses all look beautiful and that lunch looked really tasty (and healthy). I hope the weather cools down for you all.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Emma. Today it is forecast to still be hot but the media center has air conditioning. I just hope the horses will be ok.

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  8. dprastka says:

    Beautiful photos!! ❤️

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  9. sandyjwhite says:

    Hi Anne…I managed to catch the rides of Emile, Dorothee and Adrienne on tv tonight. The announcer provided great detail about the horses, riders and the test itself. It was fun to see much of what you have described in your posts put into action!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I’m so glad you were able to see it! I hope you’ll be watching tomorrow aa well.

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  10. iScriblr says:

    Wow, such a wonderful experience and great shots! Thank you for taking us along!❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You ate welcome. I’m glad to have you along for the “ride’.

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