The Olympic show jumping team finals were held this morning in Greenwich Park with host country Great Britain coming out as the victors! The Netherlands won the silver medal, and Saudi Arabia took the bronze. The U.S. finished sixth. The course proved to be very challenging for most of the riders as many brought down rails or didn’t clear the water jump. U.S. rider Reed Kessler finished her round with 12 faults (not too bad for a 18 year old Olympian first timer!). She has many more Olympics in her future. McLain Ward had 8 faults, Beezie Madden had 4 faults, and Rich Fellers had 8 faults. The U.S. had a hard fight but represented the country well. Ward and Fellers advance to the individual final. Great Britain won in the jump off against the Netherlands. Nick Skeltpn of Great Britain had all clear rounds in competition and especially when it mattered most: the jumpoff. “He (Big Star) has everything you need in a horse – he’s got all the scope, he’s super careful, he’s brave, he has an intelligent head on him, he’s good to ride,” Skelton said before the jumpoff. “I’ve got a wonderful horse, wonderful owners, it’s a dream come true.” It will be exciting to watch these athletes in the individual final!
Click on the links below for videos of rides during the competition: