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Bengtsson, Delaveau, Dubbeldam and Madden Qualify for Top-Four Jumping Final

Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC will fly the French flag in tomorrow’s much-anticipated Top-Four Jumping Final at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. (Dirk Caremans/FEI)

Normandy (FRA), 6 September 2014 – The battle for a place in the top-four Jumping final at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 produced superb sport today, and with the host nation’s Patrice Delaveau making the cut, the noise, excitement and tension in the Stade D’Ornano at Caen is set to reach fever-pitch tomorrow afternoon.

The Frenchman will be joined by America’s Beezie Madden, Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam in the closing stages of what has been one of the most exciting world championships of all time.

There were several high-profile withdrawals before today’s penultimate competition began, including Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, who was lying 10th with Codex One, Canada’s Yann Candele, in 22nd place with Showgirl, and America’s Kent Farrington, who was holding 27th position with Voyeur.

A total of 29 horse-and-rider combinations lined out, and French course designer, Frederic Cottier, presented two superb tracks that brought the cream to the very top.

A significant role

Only eight horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear over the 12-fence first-round track, in which the triple combination at fence eight, the massive oxer at fence 10, the following vertical at 11 and final oxer at 12 all played a significant role.

There were three countries represented by three riders – Ireland, The Netherlands and France – as the day began, and the vociferous home supporters were devastated when Penelope Leprevost was eliminated for parting company with Flora di Mariposa at the open water at fence six.

Lying in seventh place as the competition began, Leprevost was looking good until her mare landed in the water, stumbled and pitched her out of the saddle to bring her world championships to a close. But the 34-year-old rider still goes home with a team silver medal in her pocket after great performances earlier in the week.

There were clears from Olympic champion Steve Guerdat from Switzerland (Nino des Buissonnets), Ireland’s Darragh Kenny (Imothep), Qatar’s Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani (Vienna Olympic), America’s McLain Ward (Rothchild) and The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam (Zenith SFN) before the top 10 took their turn. But only three of the leading 10 managed to keep a clean sheet which led to a new-look leaderboard at the start of the second round.

Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli (AD Clouwni) and Dutchman Gerco Schroder (Glock’s London) disappeared from the reckoning with eight and 12 faults apiece, but Germany’s Daniel Deusser kept himself well in the game when clear with his Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2014 winning partner Cornet D’Amour. In overnight sixth, Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus disappeared from the reckoning with 15 faults, while Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa picked up five with Status, who put a foot in the water and fell afoul of the 86-seconds time allowed.

Thrilling run

Delaveau and Orient Express followed with one of their typically heart-stopping rounds during which the stallion broke into a trot when checked between the open water and the following oxer and then survived a thrilling run through the triple combination. Denmark’s Soren Pedersen, lying third, plummeted down the leaderboard when leaving three fences on the floor with Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel but, second-last to go, Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson produced a fabulous clear.

Last in the first round, America’s Beezie Madden and Cortes C hit the oxer after the roll-back at fence five. But as leaders going into the day, that only brought their tally to 4.16 and left them well in the chase as round two got underway.

The new course had just 10 fences, but the oxer at fence four and the triple-combination at nine weeded more of them out.

Bengtsson, Delaveau, Madden, and Deusser held the top four spots as it began, and clears from McLain Ward, now lying sixth, and from Dubbeldam in fifth piled the pressure on the leading pack.

When Deusser’s grey gelding hit the vertical three from home it opened a top-four spot for the Dutchman, and when Madden and Delaveau once again kept a clean sheet they were through too. But Swedish hearts were racing when Bengtsson’s stallion hit the oxer at four. He had a fence in hand as the day started, and any further mistakes would prove disastrous.

“My fault wasn’t just a little touch; it was a proper fault,” he said afterwards. “I’m not sure why he jumped so funny at that one. There was a lot going on in my head going down to the next oxer; I wondered if he would be in doubt again but he was fine.”

Much anticipated finale

Four veterans of the sport go through to tomorrow’s much anticipated finale, with three experienced super-star horses and Dubbeldam’s newcomer, Zenith SFN, who has proven his world-class ability this week.

The Dutchman, who was Olympic champion in Sydney 2000 and a member of the gold medal winning Dutch team on Thursday, admitted he is somewhat surprised to find himself challenging for the individual world title on a horse that is comparatively green.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, he commented tonight: “It’s a big surprise for me. My horse is really inexperienced at this level. Last winter he competing at 3 and 4-Stars and then he started 5-Stars this summer.” However, he has faith in the 10-year-old which he has had for some time. “Although he is inexperienced, he is cool and uncomplicated, and very fit. That might be an advantage for the other riders tomorrow because he hasn’t jumped as much as their horses – we will see.”

There is huge pressure on Delaveau, who is competing not only in front of his home crowd but also his neighbours, family and friends. “My home is just 40 kilometres from Caen,” he said. “I’m very happy and my horse today was very good; he didn’t touch a pole. I’m feeling relieved, as for me it was especially important today. There was pressure for my region, for my Federation and for my country.”

When asked how he handled the pressure today, Dubbeldam replied: “I didn’t feel under any pressure at all! No I’m joking; the pressure was very high. I was in 12th position at the start so I was hoping for some faults from the other riders so I could move up. I know that’s not a nice thing to do but I did it, and I jumped double-clear and it put me in!” he said, adding, “I’m really looking forward to riding all those super-star horses tomorrow. I hope we will see a lot of great horsemanship from all four riders – and may the best rider win!”

When asked how they will prepare for the final test in which they will all ride each other’s horses and start on a zero score, Delaveau was first of the four to reply. “For me it’s a secret and it is my secret and I don’t reveal it to anyone!” he said with a laugh. Madden and Bengtsson said they will probably watch a few videos of their rivals’ horses tonight but both agreed they know the oppositions’ rides very well.

Dubbeldam was more stoic, however. “I’ve been thinking every night about it, so I don’t want to think about it anymore! Tonight I will have a good French steak and we will see what happens tomorrow!”

Full results and startlists at www.normandy2014.com.

Facts and Figures:

29 horse-and-rider combinations lined out in today’s penultimate competition in the Jumping championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.

Leading riders that withdrew before today’s competition included Germany’s Christian Ahlmann who was lying 10th with Codex One, Canada’s Yann Candele who was in 22nd place and America’s Kent Farrington who was holding 27th position.

Today’s startlist included three horse-and-rider partnerships from France, Ireland and The Netherlands, and two each from Brazil, Denmark, Sweden and Denmark.

Only 8 jumped clear in the first round.

There was one elimination when Penelope Leprevost, lying close to the leaders in seventh place with Flora de Mariposa, fell when the mare landed in the water, stumbled and pitched her out of the saddle.

21 horse-and-rider combinations returned for the second round.

9 jumped clear in round 2.

The Top-Four finalists are Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE), Beezie Madden (USA) and Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED).

France has taken the title once before when Eric Navet and Quito de Baussy came out on top at the first FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990.

American finalist, Beezie Madden, was silver medallist at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Aachen, Germany.

No American or Dutch rider has ever won world championship individual gold.

If Beezie Madden takes the 2014 title she will be only the second lady rider to do so in the 61-year history of the Jumping world championship.

The last lady champion was Canada’s Gail Greenough who rode Mr T to gold at Aachen in 1986.

Quotes:

Jeroen Dubbeldam NED, talking about the challenge of tomorrow’s top-four final and the difficulty of riding strange horses: “It is a lot of jumping for the horses but they are well trained and top fit otherwise they would not have made it this far. When you come to a world championship, if you don’t want to ride other horses, then you shouldn’t have come here!”

Beezie Madden USA: “It’ll be an exciting day tomorrow for sure. You have to stay level-headed and hope the horses do as well, because a lot of the excitement is that they are in the ring, and they have to be able to handle that. Some of the horses get excited by that; there’s a lot of other factors out there tomorrow – a little fatigue, horses jumping the same course four times, sometimes they get a little bored.”

Jeroen Dubbeldam NED: “I’m looking forward to riding all three of the other horses and it would be a nice thing if all four riders go clear tomorrow and we have an extra jump-off and become world champion riding your own horse! That would be the nicest thing!”

Frederic Cottier, Course Designer: “It’s not by chance that we have these four great riders in the final. To get four outstanding riders and champions from 160 pairs – the sport spoke today. You asked about pressure: most sports are about pressure. I designed today’s course in the same spirit as all the others during the week so that it was comfortable for the horses but difficult for the riders. I designed it in a way that the riders again had the freedom of choice. Respect for the horses comes first and then the sport speaks for itself. But it’s just like a piece of theatre – you only get one shot! We are all looking forward to the final four, the draw will have an impact, and the fatigue of the horses, but we have talented and experienced riders – for me, my job is almost done.”

By Louise Parkes

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) on 23 August – 7 September brings together close to 1,000 riders and 1,000 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

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The FEI World Equestrian Games™ are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic and Paralympic cycle. They were first hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990 and have since been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010.

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Riders from Four Different Nations through to Final Four at WEG

Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Beezie Madden (USA), Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) and Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) through to Final Sunday

(Caen, France, 6 September 2014) Riders from four nations qualify for the ‘Final Four’ to compete for Individual medals and the World Champion title: Patrice Delaveau, Beezie Madden, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Jeroen Dubbeldam after a thrilling decider.

Results after Second Round, Third Competition in Individual Show Jumping

1. Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Orient Express HDC (4.08)
2. Beezie Madden (USA), Cortes C (4.16)
3. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE), Casall ASK (4.34)
4. Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED), Zenith SFN (6.25)
5. McLain Ward (USA), Rothchild (6.56)
6. Daniel Deusser (GER), Cornet d’Amour (8.70)
7. Bertram Allen (IRL), Molly Malone V (9.00)
8. Cassio Rivetti (UKR), Vivant (11.14)
9. Denis Lynch (IRL), All Start 5 (11.83)
10. Marcus Ehning (GER) Cornado NRW (12.14)

Top Four through to ‘FINAL FOUR’ on Sunday 7 September

1. Patrice Delaveau (FRA)
2. Beezie Madden (USA)
3. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE)
4. Jeroen Dubbledam (NED)

Final Four through to Sunday’s Championship Finale

Following a day of rest, the top 30 riders in the individual standings after four days of intensive jumping, competed again today in the Second Round of the Third Competition. Beezie Madden of the United States qualified for the Final Four in the Show Jumping competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, along with Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden, Patrice Delaveau of France and Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands.

It was a tense afternoon in front of a completely packed Stade D’Ornano in Caen, with seemingly the whole of France inside to cheer on the home nation hero, Patrice Delaveau. Both Dubbeldam and Delaveau jumped two clear rounds, while Madden and Bengtsson could afford to knock down one fence each but still qualify. Four riders from four different nations, riding four very different horses, prevailed over five rounds of jumping to now qualify to jump for individual medals and the World Championship title tomorrow.

Despite two superb clear rounds today, the USA’s McLain Ward just missed out on the fourth spot, ultimately from one pole down in the second round of yesterday’s competition, to take fifth place. And finishing seventh in the world was the teenage Irish sensation Bertram Allen riding Molly Malone V. Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil missed out on qualification for the Final Four, finishing 11th and 21st respectively.

In a format unique to World Championship competition, the Top Four riders in the individual standings now advance to Sunday’s ‘Final Four’. World championship titles do not come easy; in the ultimate test of horsemanship, each rider will now complete the course with their own horse before jumping the course with each of their competitor’s horses.

Rolex Testimonee and Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat Thrills Swiss Fans

Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat produced another brilliant riding performance today in front of the many Swiss supporters to ride a perfect clear in the first round, with just one fence down in the second round. Guerdat has ridden superbly all week with just two fences down in total riding his London 2012 winning horse Nino Des Buissonnets.

Commenting after his two rounds, Guerdat said, “I’m very happy with the horse; I think it is difficult to make up so much ground when you start so badly on the first day, but the horse has been in great form all week and that’s the positive I want to remember for this week. The crowd has been amazing all week; from when you walk the course, they cheer for everybody, and for our sport it’s amazing to be able to ride here and gives you motivation to keep on going.”

Rider Quotes:

Beezie Madden (USA): I thought my horse was super today; I thought the rail in the first round was my fault letting him shift off the ground but I don’t think he touched a fence apart from that, so he was fantastic. McLain was also super today; that’s the only deflating part of the week: that McLain did not make it through to the Final Four and he just missed out. It (the Final Four) is a different challenge; it’s not something we do except from here. The best thing about it is that it pleases the crowd. I know all the other horses and have seen them over the years; Jeroen’s is the least experienced so I do not know as much about him, but Jeroen is a good friend so he will probably give me a few tips!

Patrice Delaveau (FRA): I am very happy. Caen is so close to my home and I live 40 km from here; for my fans, my owners, my family it is very very fantastic. The atmosphere is very special for French riders. There is very big pressure for the French riders; we have had five days of pressure and I’m delighted that it has finished for today!

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE): I feel very good now, in the moment that I finally made it. Of course my fault came very, very early in the course and it was quite a hard fault, of course it was very exciting to keep everything together all the way to the finish line; everything was still very, very open but finally I made it and I feel very good now. There are top riders in the Final Four with very good horses, and it is going to be a great day tomorrow to follow this and see how the situation plays out for the different riders and combinations. To win this would be even better than the European Championship; there is still a long way to go but we are one of the four.

Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED): It was amazing; he (Zenith) surprised me with what he did in the Team Competition and today I thought he would be over as he is very inexperienced at this level and it would be too much today but it wasn’t too much for him and he surprised me, which was unbelievable. He was not tired at all; even in the second round he was still bucking and playing. I want to enjoy the Final Four tomorrow; I have seen it many times before, but this is the first time I have ridden in it. I know all the other horses very well; we see them every week at the other shows so we don’t really need to prepare differently.

Rolex Testimonee, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA): It’s his (Status) first Championship; he is only 10, and he has less experience than the horses he is going against, so that is a positive side of it. On the negative, it was really hard the other day to let slip a team medal like that. So little margin but that’s the name of the game. Today, to get back into it, Status felt really good, but the water was totally my fault. He is not a very good water jumper and this is something that we have to practise. I came up short and it really annoyed me as I was still in the hunt, but for the mistake in the first round today I can only blame myself really.

For more information on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and full results, please visit www.normandy2014.com.

Rolex and the World Equestrian Games

Rolex’s association with the World Equestrian Games began in 2002 in Jerez, Spain and the brand is at the forefront of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place between 23 August and 7 September in Caen, France where a record 74 nations intend to take part.

The exceptional bond between Rolex and the World Equestrian Games has no doubt been instrumental in attracting 12 new countries to make their debut this year; a glorious achievement in the development of the sport on a global scale. Across the 15 days, approximately 1,200 media will follow 1,000 competitors as they compete across eight official disciplines including the Olympic sports of Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing in front of over 500,000 spectators.

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Rolf-Göran Bengtsson in Historic Rolex Rankings Lead

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) becomes first Swede to lead the Rolex Rankings.

Lausanne (SUI), 6 January 2012 – Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) is celebrating after securing the world number one slot in the Rolex Rankings for the first time in his career.

The Hong Kong individual silver medallist has also made history by becoming the first Swedish world number in an Olympic discipline.

In the latest Rolex Rankings, published today, Bengtsson is 81 points ahead of Eric Lamaze (CAN), the reigning Olympic champion who had topped the Rolex Rankings since 1 June 2011.

Bengtsson, who turns 50 this year, will be celebrating his promotion to world number one at the Swedish National Federation’s annual awards ceremony in Stockholm this weekend, when the Swedes will be looking back on a successful 2011 season.

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Bengtsson Reigns Supreme in Lyon

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall La Silla are pictured during the prize-giving presentation with Mr Phillipe Schaeffer, Director General Rolex France. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

Lyon (FRA), 30 October 2011 – Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson galloped to victory in the third leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League 2011/2012 series in Lyon, France this afternoon.  Riding Casall La Silla, the man who so deservedly won Individual gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships in Madrid, Spain last month snatched the lead at the halfway stage of today’s nine-horse jump-off and couldn’t be caught.

From the 40-strong field of world-class combinations, it was The Ukraine’s Katharina Offel and Cathleen who claimed runner-up spot ahead of Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buissonnets in third, while host-nation hero Kevin Staut filled fourth place riding Zeta de Hus.

Course designer, Frank Rothenberger, produced a masterpiece – a 13-fence track that asked questions from start to finish but which produced a sparkling line-up for the second and deciding round against the clock in which rideability was tested to the very limit.

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