USA 1ST, 2ND IN SPEED CLASS TO START WEG JUMPING

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McLain Ward and Sapphire jumping in the speed class, the first jumping competition at WEG. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
McLain Ward and Sapphire jumping in the speed class, the first jumping competition at WEG. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Oct. 4–The United States finished one and two in the speed competition that was the first jumping event of the World Equestrian Games and put the team at the top of the leaderboard Monday.

Mario Deslauriers on Urico, a nine-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding, covered the Conrad Homfeld-designed course in 71.25 secs. with McLain Ward and his two-time Olympic team gold medal mare Sapphire, aged 15, just 0.54 secs. further back. Hungary’s Sandor Szász on Moosbachhofs Goldwing was in third place almost two seconds off the pace. The Florida-based Pablo Barrios of Venezuela on G&C Lagran finished fourth in the field of 121 horses in the Kentucky Horse Park main arena.

After the first day the team standings are: 1. USA 5.69, 2. Germany 9.80, 3. France 11.32, 4. Netherlands 11.33, 5. Canada 11.93, 6. Spain 13.28, 7. Brazil 13.49, 8. Ireland 14.54, 9. Great Britain 14. 80, 10. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 15.48, 11. Hungary 16.28, 12. Mexico 17.13, Switzerland 17.85, 14. Australia 17.87, 15. Belgium 18.70, 16. Sweden 19.18, 17. Japan 19.26, 18. Italy 20.59, 19. Venezuela 21.24, 20. New Zealand 21.36, 21. South Africa 22.24, 22. Argentina 24.59, 23. Ukraine 25.90, 24. Poland 29.36, 25. Qarae 31.95, 26. Turkey 34.37, 27. United Arab Emirates 35.86.

1 742 USA M. Deslauriers Urico 71.25 0.00
2 732 USA M. Ward Sapphire 71.79 0.00
3 671 HUN S. Szász Moosbachhofs Goldwing 73.24 0.00
4 718 VEN P. Barrios G&C Lagran 73.42 4.00
5 609 KSA K. Al Eid Presley Boy 73.65 0.00
6 654 NED M. Houtzager HBC Tamino 74.73 0.00
7 628 GER M. Michaels-Beerbaum Checkmate 74.84 0.00
8 715 CAN E. Lamaze Hickstead 76.03 4.00
9 741 EGY K. El Zoghby Uleika 76.28 0.00
10 688 CAN J. Pearce Chianto 76.65 4.00
11 667 BRA R. Pessoa HH Rebozo 76.85 0.00
12 646 IRL C. O´Connor K Club Lady 77.01 0.00
13 698 UKR C. Rivetti Billy Birr 77.12 0.00
14 642 GBR R. Smith Talan 77.14 0.00
15 744 BEL P. Le Jeune Vigo d´Arsouilles 77.47 0.00
16 629 GER C. Nagel Corradina 77.74 4.00
17 663 NZL K. McVean Delphi 77.75 0.00
18 604 AUS E. Alexander Cevo Itot du Château 78.02 4.00
19 623 FRA O. Guillon Lord de Theize 78.66 4.00
20 621 FRA P. Delaveau Katchina Mail 78.70 4.00
21 620 ESP J. Garmendia Echeverria Lord du Mont Milon 78.99 4.00
22 624 FRA P. Leprevost Mylord Carthago*HN 79.05 4.00
23 617 ESP S. Alvarez Moya Action-Breaker 79.34 0.00
24 690 CHI C. Santis Fanatico de Huincul 79.46 0.00
25 655 NED H. Smolders Exquis Walnut de Muze 80.13 4.00
26 649 ITA E. Bicocchi Kapitol d´Argonne 80.59 4.00
27 684 TUR G. Flynn SIEC Ledgepoint 80.69 0.00
28 626 GER M. Ehning Plot Blue 80.79 4.00
29 661 BER P. Nisbett Cantaro 80.92 4.00
30 666 BRA A. Miranda AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan 80.96 8.00