The 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games have come to a
close, and American horses and riders have some new hardware to show off for
their great efforts over the past two weeks.
In Showjumping, favorite Beezie Madden ended the individual
competition in third place, coming home with a bronze medal, a great follow-up
to the team bronze medal won earlier in the week.
While the Eventers didn’t bring home any medals, Chester
County resident Boyd Martin finished in 8th place overall, making
him the highest-placed US event rider at WEG.
The Dressage team was just out of the medals with a
fourth-place team finish and top-placed individual rider Laura Graves coming in
a respectable 5th. British superstar Charlotte Dujardin and her
mount Valegro took gold medal honors with a final score of an unheard-of 92.16%
in the freestyle!
The Americans put up quite a fight in the Driving
competition, coming in 4th place as a team with veteran driver
Chester Weber of NJ scoring the silver medal in the individual competition.
The Endurance competition took its toll on our US team, with
only one rider, Jeremy Olson, completing the course.
In the unique sport of Vaulting, our largely
California-based team put in a valiant effort and finished in 7th
It was in the Reining competition that the USA really shone,
sweeping the podium with a gold-medal team finish and also claiming the gold,
silver, and bronze in the individual competition!
And finally, the Para-Dressage team put in some solid tests
with scores in the 60’s but unfortunately came home without a medal.
Congratulations to all riders, drivers, and
vaulters who competed in this year’s WEG.