British In Dominant Form With Immaculate Team Performance In Cross-Country Phase of Mars, Inc. Eventing at Tryon 2018

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM
For Immediate Release

Tryon, NC USA – September 15, 2018 – The British Eventing Team performed a Cross-Country master class as they hit the heights in pursuit of gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Saturday, September 15 on the third day of Mars, Incorporated Eventing competition.

They emphatically wiped out defending champion Germany’s lead after dressage, with team riders Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Ros Canter all jumping clear inside an optimum 10-minute time and raising hopes of a first world team title since 2010.

While reigning European champion Ingrid Klimke leads the individual competition following a perfectly timed performance on SAP Hale Bob OLD, hopes of a German double with team success effectively evaporated as Britain took charge.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD

The British quartet will take a commanding lead of 8.2 penalties over Ireland into Monday’s Mars, Inc. Eventing finale, with the 2016 Olympic champions in Team France behind in Bronze medal position on 91.8 and Japan holding an impressive fourth spot.

Individually, Klimke’s score of 23.3 penalties is just 1.3 ahead of Canter, with Irish challenger Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound holding third, ahead of French pair Thibaut Vallette (Qing de Briot Ene HH) and Astier Nicolas (Vinci de la Vigne). The top ten riders are separated by only 5.1 penalties.

Ros Canter and Allstar B

The day belonged to Britain around Captain Mark Phillips’ cleverly designed course that saw a total of 16 combinations jump clear inside the time, while there were eight eliminations and one retirement.

Tattersall set the tone on Arctic Soul, filling the team’s key pathfinder role with distinction aboard a horse she describes as “the complete cross-country machine.”

“He is such a good jumper, he is so clever and careful and knows his job,” she said. “He has jumped around several four-star competitions, so this was nothing to him, really. I did feel a humungous amount of pressure. I came here to go clear inside the time, and on a normal day that’s pressure, but when everyone in the whole world expects that of me and Arctic Soul, it is a lot of pressure.”

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound
French on Quarrycrest Echo and McEwen with Toledo de Kerser followed Tattersall’s immaculate example, before Canter anchored the team home and also kept pressure firmly on individual leader Klimke.

“We’ve had a fantastic day,” Canter said. “We have the utmost confidence in our horses and the system we have got at home and the way we’ve got our horses fit.

“We have been up for this all year and everyone else in the team has been, too. We have such an incredible team spirit, everyone gets on really well and the support team behind us is just phenomenal, so our job has just been to go out there and do it for everyone else.”

Ireland’s last major championship Eventing medal came more than 20 years ago, but they put themselves right in the mix at Tryon through an outstanding team effort led by Ennis, who said: “My horse was super. He flew around and felt very easy.”

The heavily-favorited Team Germany dropped from first to sixth, with their day being summed up by an unfortunate run-out for leaders after dressage Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH that saw them collect 20 penalties, before Klimke delivered trademark genius to top the individual leaderboard.

“It was a tough course, you really had to fight for it and go for it,” Klimke said. “There were so many fences and so much going on. Being last (of the team) to go and seeing that the others had trouble was really tough because they all gave their best.”

Bernard Fonck Secures First Reining Gold for Belgium at Tryon 2018
Belgian’s Bernard Fonck and What A Wave started a sliding development in the Johnson Control Reining of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Saturday. Scoring 227 at his fourth WEG, Fonck bested two of USA’s team gold medalists, with Daniel L. Huss taking the Silver medal and Cade McCutcheon securing Bronze. Fonck’s medal is the first Individual Gold for a Reining competitor from Europe.

“I wanted to show what such a small country can do in the sport,” the 45-year old professional said.

Bernard Fonck and What a Wave
 Daniel L, Huss premiered at the WEG-level to ride Ms Dreamy to Individual Silver, scoring 226.5. Reining is a “mind game” for the 58-year-old residing in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“I visualize the pattern at least 20 times before I go in the arena”, he explained as he described his success over the course of the past week.

While the top two medals were decided clearly, it took a nail-biting run-off to decide for third place.

Daniel L. Huss and Ms Dreamy
 Brazil’s Joao Felipe Andrade CS Lacerda and Gunner Dun It Again had put in a score of 225.5 early on in the competition. As the last rider out, 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon rode Custom Made Gun to the tie. With amazing coolness, the third-generation youngster from the USA’s “first family of reining” kept his nerves to put in a pattern worth 228 points, pipping Lacerda by one point.

The McCutcheon family, hailing from Aubrey, Texas, now hold eight WEG-medals after Cade took home Team Gold with the team on Wednesday.

Cade McCutheon and Custom Made Gun
Individual Gold tops the collection of three WEG Reining Team Silver medals for Belgium. Fonck had part in all of them, together with his wife, Ann Poels who placed 13th at Tryon 2018. A World Champion in 2016, Fonck used the opportunity to praise familial support.

“She is very special. She is left and right from me and in front and behind me, supports me in every way. She is the best,” he said as he credited his wife of 16 years before the medal presentation.

Bernard Fonck, Daniel L. Huss, and Cade McCutcheon in their presentation ceremony after the Johnson Controls Reining Individual Final at Tryon 2018.
The run-off was a family affair of horse breeding as well since both stallions have the same father, Quarter Horse stallion Colonels Smoking Gun. Altogether five of his offspring qualified for the Individual Final, which hosted nearly 20 entries.

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About the Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, with first-class facilities for all eight FEI disciplines. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at

About the FEI World Equestrian Games™
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have 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 organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

The Tryon 2018 Games offer qualifying slots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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