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In the Saddle & Beyond
Seventy-five horse-and-rider pairs started on day one of show
jumping, and it was a tight race for medals down to the very end.
The U.S. team was at a disadvantage after Beezie Madden
withdrew Cortes ‘C’ due to a minor tendon injury after the
second round, but the remaining riders—Olympic newbies
Kent Farrington and Lucy Davis, along with veteran McLain
Ward—rallied to win the silver medal behind the gold
medal team from France. A tie for third required a jump-off, in which Germany ultimately defeated Canada to take
home the bronze.
Individual medals came down to a similar drawn-out finale
as six riders made the cut for a final jump-off, including
Farrington. Prior to the jump-off, he had accrued just a single
time fault across all rounds, but with two rails in the final
round, he and Voyeur finished in fifth place.
Taking the gold medal was 58-year-old Nick Skelton of
Great Britain with his 2012 Olympic partner, Big Star. Peder
Fredricson of Sweden rode All In to silver, and 2008 individual
gold medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada clinched the bronze
with Fine Lady 5.
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The individual medals came down to a six-rider jump-off, including
the USA’s final hope, first-time Olympian Kent Farrington aboard
Voyeur. The pair finished fifth individually. In the team competition,
the U.S. finished in second place to take home silver.