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A Ride in Rio 2016: Day 11

Kimmie Lull, Staff writer

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Towering above you is a huge oxer leading to a direct bending line. This starts the Team Qualifying course of 13 jumps with 16 individual obstacles. The horses weave an intricate pattern leaping over the colorful fences that were constructed with a limited number of rails. We see horses have some trouble coming off the galloping stride to the open water and riding a direct line to a tall single fence in which they have to quickly shorten themselves. And after many twists and turns these athletes come face to face with the characteristic bright and solid looking Rio Wall. One of the trickiest part of the course proved to be the triple combination with a large oxer as the second element. We saw countless riders taking rails down when they were unable to balance their horses enough behind to spring up and over the next element.

We saw great balance put in by both horses and riders as they whipped through the turns. Although the time was manageable, 81 seconds counting down on the clock really pushed these riders to be smart and shorten every track possible. Watching every muscle in the hind end of these power equines as they spring over the obstacles before them.

Again we witnessed a stellar performance from the youngest competitor, Reiko Takeda of Japan when she finished with just 1 time fault. We marveled at the skill, precision and wisdom used by the legendary riders as they completed brilliant rounds. We also felt the Olympic family presence as riders returned for thier 4th olympics following in the footsteps of thier parents who were Olympic champions before them.

Results* after Individual Showjumping Qualifier:
1. Kent Farrington of the USA riding Voyeur
2. Christian Ahlmann of Germany riding Taloubet Z
3. Peder Fredericson of Sweden riding All In
4. Mailed Van Der Vleuten of the Netherlands riding Verdi
5. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany riding Fibonacci

*All individuals who qualified are ranked equally

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