World Equestrian Games 2014 - Eventing

Connolly's RED MILLS on 02 September 2014

Written by Thomas Lalor.

WEG commenced with the Eventing division in the beautiful region of Normandy at Le Pin National Stud on Thursday 28th August, with two days of dressage. After the two days of world class tests it was the German rider Sandra Auffarth the 12 year old Opgun Louvo. Sandra was followed closely by the UK no.1 William Fox-Pitt on the ever impressive Chilli Morning just 2.3 marks the difference.

Best of the Irish was Meath woman Sarah Ennis aboard Horseware Stellor Rebound on a mark of 48.5 lying in 26. Team RED MILLS ambassador Tina Cook with De Novo News was only a few marks off on a score of 50.0. After Dressage it was Germany in Gold, New Zealand in Silver and the United States in Bronze. 

Saturday was the day to see which combinations of horse and rider could tackle the Jean-Louis Leclerc course with 35 obstacles to compete with. Out of the 83 riders, 62 completed with Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning in the lead with just 1.7 marks between him and the ever improving German rider Sandra Auffarth, with fellow team mate Michael Jung on his third string horse Fischerrocanna FST just 2 marks off the lead.

Tina Cook and De Novo News completed with 17.6 penalties leaving her in 14th going into the final stage. It was Ireland’s individual rider and Team RED MILLS member, Camilla Speirs on Portersize Just a Jiff leading the way for the Irish in 22nd. New Zealand’s Mark Todd and Lucy Jackson both had a tumble at the same fence to put team NZ out of the running. A special mention goes out to UK rider Harry Meade, after a great round his loyal servant Wild Lone sadly passed away. Our thoughts go out to Harry, his team and owners of Wild Lone.

Sunday was the deciding day to see who would be crowned Word Champion and team World Champions. With 12 fences to contend with at full height, the stands full and the anticipation building before it commenced. It was down to the last 5 riders with not even 3 penalties separating them; no one could afford to make a mistake. The ever cool and collected Jung had a foot perfect round to secure a medal. With Fox-Pit in prominent position, an early rail meant gold for Auffarth who had completed a text book round and Fox-Pitt had to settle for Bronze.

With such great jumping the team Gold went to Germany for the second time meaning they were yet again World Champions, Great Britain in Silver and the Netherlands in Bronze. Team RED MILLS ambassador Tina Cook finished in 16th and best of the Irish was Aoife Clarke in 21st on the Irish bred mare Fenyas Elegance (xRiccardo x Good Thyne mare). Team Ireland secured sixth place to give them a ticket to the Olympics in Rio 2016.

After all three disciples the feedback from all riders was positive and had a great experience at WEG 2014 Normandy.

Tags: Eventing, Le Pin National Stud, WEG