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A Ride in Rio 2016: Day 12

Kimmie Lull, Staff Writer

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What happens when the top riders of the world ask their equine partners to leap 1.60 meters high and 2 a meter spread? Champions emerge! And that is just what we witnessed happen when riders completed this 13 fence course with 16 individual obstacles. Riders rallied over a tall oxer took a sharp turn to a short triple combination and immediately had to balance back because only 6 strides away was their next jump. The course designer was keeping riders on the most difficult track possible with a hard to meet time allowed of just 81 seconds.

Watching in awe at the bond and partnership of amazing trust between each horse and rider pair. We witnessed the Olympic debut of Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain riding his 15 year old Carlo have 2 time faults and just the last rail down in his course. Unfortunately, we also had to hear about the horrors of this sport when the USA’s Beezie Madden’s horse Cortes came out this morning with a tendon injury. That kept every viewer on the edge of their seats waiting to see what might happen following yesterday’s three-way tie.

We love the camaraderie surrounding these games. You see riders congratulating each other after rounds both clear rounds and rounds with faults. They all respect the dedication it takes to compete at this extreme level. Trainers and barn mates gather at the entrance to offer support and advice. And after every round, the riders all reach down to give a gentle pat to their hardworking equine athletes.

Team Results:
Gold: France
Silver: United States
Bronze: Germany

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