October 9, 2010 – Lexington, KY – After five days of competition, six different courses, and a total of 115 jumps, Belgium’s Philippe Le Jeune took home the gold medal in the Show Jumping World Championships, presented by Rolex, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Aboard all four horses, including with his Vigo D’Arsouilles, Le Jeune was the only rider to finish with 0 faults over tonight’s four rounds.
Abdullah Al Sharbatly of Saudi Arabia took the silver medal with 8 faults this evening, and Canada’s Eric Lamaze took home bronze with 9 faults. Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, the 1998 world champion, was a close fourth with 12 faults.
“I had no difficult moments,” said Le Jeune, 50. “I was very concentrated. When I sat on every horse, I had decided to go their way and not that they had to go to my way. I wasn’t going to try to ride like Eric or Rodrigo. I have my own way of riding, but the other three were blood horses, more blood horses than Vigo. I had decided to feel how they were going to go, and it paid off.”