Equestrian: Dominant Germany Takes Gold in Dressage at World Equestrian Games

Germany successfully defended their gold medal in team dressage at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in impressive style. The top six nations along with the highest ranked Group G nation (South, East Asia & Oceania) all qualified to the Olympics. Initially the highest ranked Group F nation (Africa & Middle East) was also to qualify to the Olympics, however, no nation from that group competed in the team event so a separate qualification event will be held in the future. The World Equestrian Games are being held in Tyron, United States from September 11th to September 23rd 2018.

The team dressage event is held concurrent with the individual event where a team of four riders compete in the Grand Prix portion over a two day period. The medals are decided with the top three scores added together.

The first day had two members of each team competing. Germany was the top ranked nation with a combined 151.739% and impressive performances from Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (Horse: TSF Dalera BB) and Dorothee Schneider (Horse: Sammy Davis Jr.) whom finished first and third respectively on the day in the individual rankings. Tied for second were Sweden and the United States which both had a combined 148.354%.

The second and final day the Germans were again dominant with over 80% performances by Isabell Werth (Horse: Bella Rose) and Sonke Rothenberger (Horse: Cosmo). Germany would take the gold medal with a total of 242.950% while the silver and bronze medals went to the United States (233.136%) and Great Britain (229.628%) respectively. The other three nations to have gained an Olympic quota were Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain.

As the only Group G nation with a team, Australia also qualified to the Olympics. They finished eighth overall.

In addition to qualifying to the team event the nations have also qualified to the individual event and will be represented by three athletes. Unqualified nations will have a second opportunity to win a team quota in dressage at various group qualification events, expected to be held in 2019. The Equestrian Games will continue with medals and Olympic quotas in team eventing to be decided in the coming days.

Qualified Nations

Individual Dressage
* Australia
* Australia
* Australia
* Germany
* Germany
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Great Britain
* Great Britain
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Spain
* Spain
* Spain
* Sweden
* Sweden
* Sweden
* United States
* United States
* United States

Team Dressage
* Australia
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Netherlands
* Spain
* Sweden
* United States

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