After a rollercoaster of emotions, eventers have their final placings. Plus, horseball?
- Sandra Auffarth and OPGUN LOUVO (Germany)
- Michael Jung and FISCHERROCANA (Germany)
- William Fox-Pitt and CHILLI MORNING (Great Britain)
- Great Britain–198.8
Bittersweet victory: Harry Meade, who lost his horse Wild Lone after the cross-country phrase yesterday, received a silver medal with the rest of his team for Great Britain.
One of the saddest things I’ve seen was Harry Meade walking in for the medal ceremony without his beautiful, brave horse. So sad #equinehour
— Ana Calver (@Ana_Christina13) August 31, 2014
Is anyone else obsessed with slow-mo? Because the FEI’s wrapup video today totally scratches my itch for dramatic equine slow-mo jumping.
Horseball, a sport not to be confused with horse soccer, has been featured at WEG this weekend as an exhibition at the Saint Lô venue in La Manche. Horseball has been compared to basketball, Quidditch and pato (Argentina’s national game where the ball was originally a duck, or pato, in a basket). Here’s a great guide from CNN on what the heck horseball is. Apparently it can get pretty intense.
A rider and horse fall during the horse-ball game between France-Italy at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Saint-Lo pic.twitter.com/KYcMLqzCkG
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 30, 2014