Rest day before nail-biting jumping final

October 8, 2010

The top 30 individually ranked showjumpers have a rest day today (US time) before taking to the arena in search of World Equestrian Games glory on Friday at 5.30pm.


Canada's Eric Lamaze and Hickstead are among the top 30 individual showjumping riders aiming for a shot at the World Championship title.

Riders are aiming to be among the 'Final Four' that contest the World Championship title on Saturday night, October 9, at 8pm.

In the ultimate test of horsemanship, the final four competitors will ride each of the four horses over the course to decide the individual medals, and the coveted title of World Champion.

With individual medals still to be decided, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, the 2004 Olympic Champion, currently sits at the top of the leader board with 2.80 riding HH Rebozo. Belgium's Philippe Le Jeune moved into second with 3.11 riding Vigo d'Arsouilles while Germany's Carsten-Otto Nagel has 3.24 for third position with Corradina. Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze (Canada) is in fourth position with 3.39 while countryman John Pearce is in fifth with 3.70.

With less than one fault separating the top five, Friday night's two-round individual competition will prove to be dramatic as the 'final four' are determined.

On Wednesday night, both Lamaze, who is competing with a broken bone in his left foot, and Pearce delivered clear rounds for the Canadian Team and cemented their individual positions in the top five.

"He felt good, that was his best day of jumping," said Lamaze of Hickstead, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze's Torrey Pines Stable. "He is getting better and better. Hickstead is careful and he's got good stamina, so I am not worried about anything. I look forward to it."

Pearce, a 2000 Canadian Olympian, is thrilled to find himself in the top five.

"I know this horse really well and I know what he is capable of," said Pearce of Chianto, a 14-year-old grey Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Alison Moore.

"He's got a lot of experience, but not at the international level. I have a lot of confidence in him, and he has a lot of confidence in me. But his heart is bigger than anything, and that is what got us through this."