Shawna Harding & Come On III Found Not to Have Started Late in World Cup Grand Prix

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Shawna Harding and Come On III at the World Cup Final. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Shawna Harding and Come On III of the United States have been found officially to have entered the arena within the specified period for the World Cup Final Grand Prix and the International Equestrian Federation said Wednesday the score for the pair has been corrected.

The two points that each of the seven judges deducted from the score of Shawna of Aiken, South Carolina, and her Danish Warmblood gelding were restored after video footage of the competition was reviewed by the president of the ground jury, the organizing committee of the Indoor Brabant competition at ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and the FEI.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation requested the review.

Competitors are required to enter the competition arena within 45 seconds of the bell being rung by the president of the ground jury.

The recalculation of the results changed Shawna’s score to 2,253 points which raised the percentage to 68.480 per cent from the original of 68.055 per cent. Her 13th place was not affected.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California, and Rafalca, the other of the two combinations from the North American League to compete at the World Cup Final, the sole annual global championship for dressage, was also penalized for a late entry into the arena.