American equestrians are jumping for joy, after the USA riders claimed their third Team Jumping Gold Olympic Medal today at Sha Tin Stadium in Hong Kong.
In a 45-second third-round Olympic jump-off, the Americans out-jumped the Canadians for first place. Norway earned the bronze medal.
McLain Ward (of Mt. Brewster, NY) and Sapphire (a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare), Laura Kraut (of Camden, SC, and Wellington, FL) and Cedric (a 10-year-old KWPN gelding) and Will Simpson (of Peoria, IL, and Thousand Oaks, CA) and Carlsson com Dach (a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding) all completed clear rounds to cinch the Gold Medal win. Because of their three no-fault rounds, Beezie Madden (of Mequon, WI, and Cazennovia, NY) and Authentic (a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding) were not required to participate in the jump-off.
Team Canada did lose one Olympic equestrian competitor today, as Mac Cone’s mount Ole was sidelined for lameness from a mishap during Sunday’s team jumping round.
Photo (c) Kit Houghton
Here are the final results (counting faults) for Olympic Team Jumping:
Olympic Show Jumping Team Results
United States - 20 (Jump-off – 0)
Canada - 20 – (Jump-off – 4)
Norway - 27
Switzerland - 30
Germany - 34
Netherlands - 34
Great Britain - 37
Sweden - 38
Australia - 41
Individual show jumping will be completed on Thursday, August 21st, as will dressage.