The 2020 Olympics have kept us all on the edge of our seats this year as we watch the best riders in the world compete for the gold. If you missed out on this week’s events, no worries; we’re here to keep you updated. Here is this week’s Team GB Equestrian Olympics 2020 wrap-up.
Sunday, August 1st, 2021:
Team GB performed beautifully today, with all horses and riders finishing quickly and cleanly, despite an early fall by another rider that slightly disrupted things.
Oliver Townsend and Ballaghmor Class - owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan - performed beautifully, crossing the line five seconds under the optimum time.
“We know he’s special, anybody who watches eventing knows he’s special, but he’s tough and digs deep,” said Townsend.
Laura Collett and London 52 - owned by herself, Karen Bartlett and Keith Scott - performed quickly and strongly, crossing the line a few seconds under optimal time.
“I’m not really sure I’ve got any words for it, to be honest...I’ve always said he’s a superstar, and he went out and proved to everyone just how good he is,” said Collett after her ride.
Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser - owned by Fred and Penny Barker, Jane Inns and Ali McEwen - finished cleanly, a full five seconds under optimal time.
“That felt absolutely incredible...he was just phenomenal, so straight and wanting to jump every fence – I’m just really pleased that I could give him the ride he deserved,” said McEwen.
Saturday, July 31st, 2021:
Oliver Townsend and Ballaghmor finished with a 23.6, a good starting point both individually for Townsend and for Team GB as a whole.
“We know he’s special and I’m just grateful for him to do a clear round in there – a very safe test.
On my own terms, I’d want a little more, but 23.6 is a good starting mark for the team,” said Townsend.
Laura Collett and London 52 finished with a 25.8. Though this is a solid score, Collett was a bit underwhelmed.
“I’m disappointed because it wasn’t the best that he can do...He just sort of stepped back a bit and didn’t take me like he can. I know some people would be pleased with a 25, but on a horse like him, it’s obviously disappointing.”
The team’s success in the Cross Country event on August 1st helped Collett reach a better headspace.
Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser finished beautifully and cleanly with a 28.9
With such a great start, Team GB is looking forward to competing in the jumping events and representing the United Kingdom.
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