Kiwi could make jumping semis

October 7, 2010

New Zealand rider Katie McVean is waiting to learn if she and Delphi will start in the showjumping semi final at the World Equestrian Games on Friday.


Kiwi showjumper Katie McVean and Delphi.

McVean, 24, contemplated not starting her nine-year-old horse yesterday after a less than perfect round the day before, but was convinced by her father Jeff it was worth a shot.

McVean picked up 14 faults. "We went a lot steadier today," she says. "Dad said don't worry about the time and that made the difference, I think. The course rode much easier this time and Delphi learnt a lot from yesterday."

New Zealand's other hope, Samantha McIntosh and Loxley 38, had two rails and a time penalties, ending with 17 faults. Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) and Apollo van Evendael opted not to start.

Today's jumping has been broken into two sessions, starting at 1pm and 7.20pm. The first session is open to all team members whose teams have not qualified for the second round of the team competition and to individual riders not starting in the evening sesson. All riders in this session start in reverse order of their individual classification. The evening session is open to 15 individual riders (taken from individual riders and team members whose teams have not qualified for the second round of the team competition) and to the top 10 teams.

In this session the top 15 individuals start before the top 10 teams in the reverse order of their individual classification. The top 10 teams start in the reverse order of their team classification.

The course will be a similar one, minus the water jump, and with a few adjustments to size and dimension.

"The process is a narrowing-down process," said course designer Conrad Homfeld.

"You start with a big field, and the system is devised to slowly start narrowing down the field by increasing the degree of difficulty, so I am trying to do that in some kind of reasonable way considering all the people that are here and considering the horses."