WEG Tryon: double gold for eventer Allstar B
What a thrilling final in Tryon! Rosalind Canter won individual and teamgold with her Allstar B (s.Ephebe for Ever). Tim Price and Cekatinka (s.King Kolibri) obtained an individual eighth place.
The last part of eventing, 1.30m the showjumping course, proved to be a challenge for the horses that still felt demanding cross country in their body. Many were not able to maintain the same number of penalties. Rosalind Canter and Allstar B (s.Ephebe for Ever out of Narenca B stb s.Ekstein, bred by: G. Burg of Berkel en Rodenrijs) were one of the exceptions. The pair, that was placed second after the dressage and cross, could permit themselves one pole down in order to secure a medal. The British rider wanted no part of that and neither did her scopey Allstar B, that had previously shown in the cross country that the height of an obstacle will never be a problem. While the audience, especially the ones waving the British flag, was on the edge of their seats, the duo finished with 0 penalties. Thus, securing gold for Great-Britain and with certainty the silver medal. Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob (s.Helikon xx) could go last, as the leader of the intermediate rankings. The German rider seemed well on her way to procure the gold. After a few nerve-wrecking touches, the pole of the last fence was the one to hit the sand. Klimke tumbled from gold to bronze and Rosalind Canter was showered in congratulations. The Irish Padraig McCarthy completed the podium and took the silver with Mr Chunky (s.Jumbo).
“Allstar B has the most fantastic character. He makes my life so easy and is my absolute rock. He is always so consistent and a phenomenal jumper. I am eternally grateful to his owner Caroline Moore for keeping him with me and helping my career. Deep down inside I knew we had a shot at it, but I am not an extravert person and in the past my insecurities got in the way. Over the last years this has improved greatly and I tried not to think too much about the pressure. I allow myself a few minutes to focus and I have lot of support from my family and boyfriend.”
Guts like a thoroughbred
Tim Price and his mare Cekatinka (sport-sgw v.King Kolibri uit Katinka ster prest v.Julio Mariner xx, f: Jan Greve of Haaksbergen) had the podium in sight until the 11-year-old mare knocked of a pole. The previous winners of Boekelo saw their dream about a medal shatter. In the end, the result was a respectable eighth position, the best score for New-Zealand. “She jumped great, she is a good showjumper anyway. In her career she dropped very few poles. She is a top mare, a true athlete. In the cross she has guts and fire like a thoroughbred,” says a satisfied Tim Price.
Theo van de Vendel and Zindane (v.Kreator xx uit Oriflame ster IBOP prok v.Kingston, f: E. Klaassens of Donderen) placed 48th overall after a dissapointing jumping course. The cross country was a highlight for them, finishing with only 3.6 time faults. “Naturally, I cannot be satisfied with the jumping. It was just a bit too much for him after the cross.”
Photo: Dirk Caremans