Equestrian: Rare Jump-Off at World Equestrian Games was held in Team Jumping

An exciting end to the team jumping event occurred where a rare jump-off was required to decide the winner at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Overall, the top six nations qualified three athletes to compete in the individual event and to form a team for the Olympics. The World Equestrian Games are being held in Tyron, United States from September 11th to September 23rd 2018.

Team jumping consists of a team of up to four athletes where they first compete in the speed round of jumping and then two more additional rounds of jumping. At the end of each round the three best scores are added together and after the three rounds those scores are added and the nation with the lowest score wins.

The speed jumping portion was won by Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat (Horse: Bianca) whom ran a perfect course with a time of 76.33. With three athletes in the top 20 in a massive 124 horse run Switzerland had the best team score of 2.64 with the Netherlands and Brazil not too far behind with scores of 4.35 and 6.42 respectively.

Switzerland was able to maintain its lead after the first jumping portion, adding nine penalties to finish the day with 11.64 points. The United States had the best day, incurring only six penalty points to finish with a score of 12.59 and moving from fourth to second. Germany also had a good day where they moved from eighth to third with 18.09 points.

The second jumping round saw Sweden finish with three of its riders scoring no penalties. This moved them into a tie for first place with the United States as both nations finished with a score of 20.59. In the ensuing jump-off three riders from both nations scored flawless runs, meaning the winner was determined by the sum of times from those three riders. The United States won the gold medal with a time of 100.67 seconds vs. Sweden’s 102.73 seconds.

Germany won the bronze medal with a score of 22.09 while an elimination of Switzerland’s Janika Springer (Horse: Bacardi VDL) pushed the nation into fourth place with 28.64 penalty points. The other nations to have qualified to the Olympics were fifth place Netherlands and sixth place Australia.

Overall 11 nations qualified at least one team to the Olympics in one of the three disciplines. Australia and Germany were the only nations to have qualified a team in all three. Other nations will have another opportunity to qualify in the team event at the various Group qualification events to be held in 2019.

Qualified Nations

Individual Jumping
* Australia
* Australia
* Australia
* Germany
* Germany
* Germany
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Sweden
* Sweden
* Sweden
* Switzerland
* Switzerland
* Switzerland
* United States
* United States
* United States

Team Jumping
* Australia
* Germany
* Netherlands
* Sweden
* Switzerland
* United States

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