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It's A Golden Glow For British Eventers As They Win Team Title In Tryon

Great Britain's eventers claimed a golden double on an unforgettable day of action at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). Rosalind Canter not only led the British team to glory - their first world Gold medal since 2010 - but she also won the Individual title with her brilliant 13-year-old gelding, Allstar B.
 
Ros Canter and Allstar B
It is the first time Britain has won both competitions in one single FEI World Equestrian Games™, and 32-year-old Canter is the first British Individual Gold medalist since Zara Tindall 12 years ago in Aachen, Germany. 
Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo
A breath-taking finish to both events in the Mars, Inc. Eventing saw Canter enter the U.S. Trust Arena knowing that she could afford to have one jumping fence down and Britain would still beat eventual runners-up Ireland to top spot.
Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser
She looked as though she was the coolest customer on show, delivering an immaculate clear round, and also retained the second spot individually before leader after Cross-Country, Germany's Ingrid Klimke, with SAP Hale Bob OLD, had the last fence down and dropped from first to third behind Canter and Ireland's Padraig McCarthy, on Mr. Chunky.
Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul
Current Olympic champions France finished third, with Britain adding the team world title to their European crown won in Poland last September.
Piggy French, Gemma Tattersall, Ros Canter, and Tom McEwen with Chef d'Equipe Richard Waygood in their presentation ceremony.
First British rider Gemma Tattersall had three fences down with Arctic Soul, with Tom McEwen (Toledo de Kerser) and Piggy French (Quarrycrest Echo) each accumulating four faults before Canter took centre-stage.
Canter remarked, "Allstar B was absolutely amazing. He was an absolute hero."
 
"I had an amazing experience in there," she said. "I kept saying to myself just let him do his job and I am so proud. He is just phenomenal. There were quite a few tears when I found out, which isn't normal for me. It's just incredible for me and the whole support team behind Team Great Britain. It's just the most incredible feeling, and a very surreal day."
Ros Canter and Allstar B after they clinched Team and Individual Gold for Great Britain.
 
British Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood added, "It's been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together. They all went in there for the team and stuck to the system. It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence, I knew she had it. Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games), and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we've achieved both goals."
 
The Irish quartet of McCarthy, Sarah Ennis, Cathal Daniels and Sam Watson secured Ireland's first major championship Eventing medal in more than 20 years, finishing 6.8 penalties ahead of reigning Olympic champions France in third, with Japan fourth, Germany fifth, Australia sixth and New Zealand seventh.
Padraig McCarthy and Mr. Chunky
 
All top seven finishers, including 2020 Olympics host nation Japan, cleared the qualification hurdle for the highly anticipated competition in two more years time. 
 
Ireland Chef d'Equipe Sally Corscadden said, "This is huge for us. We are making history today. I had belief that we could be competitive here, and we just stuck to our goal."
Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD
But while Ireland might have been the surprise package, 2014 World Champions Germany and their team of Klimke, Julia Krajewski, Kai Ruder and Andreas Dibowski had to settle for a finish comfortably outside of the medals.
Ros Canter, Padraig McCarthy, and Ingrid Klimke in their presentation ceremony.
Inspired by their coaching mastermind to London 2012 Olympic Gold medal glory, Chris Bartle, Germany could only look on as Bartle achieved his latest triumph - as coach of the British team.
 
Tryon Para-Dressage Program Promises To Provide Unforgettable Moments
 
Great Britain will once again be the team to beat when Adequan® Para-Dressage begins at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Tuesday.
 
And British talisman Sir Lee Pearson will break a WEG record if he adds to his medal collection during a packed Para-Dressage program that sees more than 60 competitors from 23 countries lining up.
 
Pearson is currently tied with fellow Briton Sophie Christiansen and Germany's Hannelore Brenner on a record six WEG medals - all of them Gold, in his case, and he will be backed to move ahead with Team, Individual and Freestyle titles at stake during five days of competition in Tryon Stadium.
He will be joined in Tryon by London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic colleagues Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells, with WEG debutant Erin Orford completing the quartet.
 
Pearson, Baker and Wells all helped Britain to 2014 World Championship title glory in France, and the British team remain unbeaten at the World, European and Paralympic level.
  
Adequan® Para-Dressage competition begins tomorrow, September 18, and continues through Saturday, September 22 in Tryon Stadium. 

"Having had a quiet year last year and coming back and being selected, I am just thrilled and honored," Pearson said. "It's amazing to be on a home-bred horse and definitely more special, but it does add to the nerves as well."
 
Baker, meanwhile, will be aboard new ride Mount St John Diva Dannebrog and she added, "She is the perfect horse for me. I knew it the first time I rode her she was perfect. It was love at first ride. It will only be her second time abroad with me, and it will be my first time competing in America, but I am just going to go out there and enjoy it and do my best."
 
Para-Dressage is conducted under the same basic rules as classical Dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on functional abilities.
 
Athletes are required to perform specific tests dependent on their classification, which encompass different levels of movements, similarly to classical Dressage. Tests will include movements at the walk, trot and canter, some at just the walk and trot, while others are judged at the walk.
 
Many experienced and medal-decorated riders feature among the WEG nominated entries, including Austrian Pepo Puch, Belgium's Michele George, Italian Sara Morganti and the Dutch pair of Sanne Voets and Rixt van der Horst, who were all world medalists in 2014.
 
Vaulters from Around the World Set to Rock During Week 2 of WEG
 
Spectators can expect an exciting mix of energy, athletic powers and theatrical skills when Christie's International Real Estate's Vaulting discipline opens its gymnastics on horseback at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Tuesday, September 18. The Indoor Arena at Tryon International Equestrian Center will be a bubbling cauldron of music, noise and anticipation. 
 
Originally recognized as a discipline to help introduce children to horses, Vaulting has been coming of age for many years on the international competition scene. The Nations Cup™ competition for teams and two individuals per country is the newest addition to the discipline apart from the set of individual titles for females and males, for pairs and teams of six members. 
Individual medals are decided after four starts. The athletes show compulsories with eight movements, followed by a technical program that sees five movements arranged according to their own choice. Their freestyle of one minute each is shown twice. 
 
Squads will ride three rounds each counting towards their title, opening with compulsories followed by the freestyle over four minutes and shown twice. Up to three Vaulters will be on horseback at the same time building intricate figures that might make any circus artist turn pale. 
 
The Vaulting horses are the true heroes of the sport. It is important they keep their stride and along with their nerves amidst the noise and excitement in the arena, which can hold up to 5,000 spectators. 
 
Christie's International Real Estate Vaulting competition will open tomorrow and continue throughout the week at the Indoor Arena at TIEC.

Lots of time is spent on the choice of music and costume to underline a performance's artistic theme. Germany's Jannis Drewell's interpretation of "Pirates of the Caribbean" rocked the Vaulting World Cup Final™ in early 2018. He will perform and compete to a soundtrack of  "Dancing with Wolves" at Tryon 2018. 
 
The fight for the titles at WEG is wide open since all but one individual titleholder from 2014 have left the sport. Anna Cavallaro from Italy, winning a Silver medal in France, is the only one left in contention. The 32-year-old doctor is still going strong as the current world ranking's No.1.
 
Austrian pair Lindner/Wacha are aiming to defend their Pas de Deux title but have been overtaken by German combination Bresch/Jacobs at the World Cup Final™. It will be interesting to see how both pairs will stand up against Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini, the Italian combination ranks as the current world's No.1. 
 
The team's competition has seen a constant change of titleholders since the first WEG in 1990 with Germany snatching the medals to the Team USA winning in Kentucky 2010. Both teams met head-to-head at Aachen in July but the U.S. squad competed on a leased horse. For Tryon 2018, the Pacific Coast Vaulting Club have brought experienced 15-year-old mare, Diva 506.
 
Team Vaulting is still considered the base of the discipline. Many individual Vaulters start their career driven by the support from their peers within a squad. Tryon 2018 will see several contestants appearing solo and within their team. 
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