The British rider wins the title of eventing world champion; Germany team gold medal

Great Britain’s Yasmin Ingham celebrates winning individual gold with Banzai du Loir at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy. © FEI/Massimo Argentiniano

Germany took team gold and British rider Yasmin Ingham took individual honors riding Banzai du Loir at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy this weekend.

It was a close battle in the team competition, with only a few points between the top four countries. But Germany led the field of 16 countries in contention, with 95.2, the United States second with 100.3 and New Zealand third with 100.7. Great Britain was close behind with 100.9. After entering the competition as big favorites and having taken a decisive lead in the dressage phase, mixed performances on the cross-country track of Giuseppe Della Chiesa let down the British team of Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo, Laura Collett and London 52, Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser, and Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class go down to bronze position before the final jumping phase. Reigning world champion Canter was the team’s only rider to clear, leaving Great Britain in fourth place overall.

Show jumping was influential, with just 12 returns without penalty on Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani’s 13-hurdle jumping course. It looked like individual gold was destined to land with Germany’s Michael Jung for the second time in his career, but after leading the first two rounds on FischerChipmunk he had to settle for fifth after taking two rails .

But her final score of 26.8 would still count towards the German total of 95.2 when reigning individual Olympic champion Krajewski and Christoph Wahler (Carjatan S) jumped clear, ruling out the 12 unusual faults collected by the 2014 world champion Sandra Auffarth (Viamant du Matz) .

There were seven qualifying places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games up for grabs and Germany, the United States, New Zealand and Great Britain now have those reserved, along with Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, who took the next three places.

This is Germany’s third team title in 15 FEI World Eventing Championships. They first won at home in Aachen in 2006 and did it again at Caen in Normandy, France in 2014 with Auffarth and Jung also on that side.

Jung said, “To be honest, losing and winning at the same time is a weird feeling! But I’m very happy, it was a great day, my horse jumped amazingly, he was in great shape.

Team USA hadn’t made the team podium at the World Championships since claiming their second victory in the event’s history in 2002, so the weekend’s success was significant.

Two fewer fences proved costly for Tamra Smith as she moved from individual bronze to ninth place, but she was still happy with her result and USA’s final spot.

The last time the Kiwis won a world team medal was bronze at Kentucky in 2010, so today’s ranking was a big moment for them too. And for Tim Price, also winning the individual bronze was a very big moment.

“It’s not a position we’ve been used to for some time,” he said. “Andrew Nicholson came over and said you’ve waited long enough for this – well done!” Price was very proud of his horse, Falco. “We’ve had faith in him from the start, he’s always been a full jumper, but coming into Sunday and using him in the best way is just amazing. We’ve worked so hard for it, we’ve gotten there. concentrated for years, this kind of major event with the team behind us and the nation behind us says it all!

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Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir on the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championship Cross Country in Pratoni, Italy this weekend.  They won individual gold and Great Britain finished fourth overall.
Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir on the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championship Cross Country in Pratoni, Italy this weekend. They won individual gold and Great Britain finished fourth overall. © Pratoni 2022
Golden debut for Yasmin Ingham

Like the 2018 World Equestrian Games – where the final fence for Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob handed the title to Ros Canter and Allstar B – Michael Jung and FischerChipmunk released the final board and the Grande -Bretagne again snatched the individual title in the last moment of the competition.

On his league debut, Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir won gold, with Germany’s Julia Krajewski (Amande de B’Neville) second for silver and New Zealand’s Tim Price bronze with Falcon. Britain’s Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo finished on the same score as Price and Falco, but the Kiwi pair were closer to optimal time on the cross-country.

Staying on their dressage score of 23.2, the pair recorded the best final score of a British combination at a world championship – the only person to better them was Jung, when he won the title with La Biosthetique Sam in 2010 with 22.0.

Reflecting on her incredible achievement on her league debut, individual gold medalist Yasmin Ingham said: “I’m so proud to win this for Great Britain, but I’m also proud to do this for the island of Man!” she says.

She was born and raised on the small island located between England and Ireland which covers an area of ​​just 572 square kilometers with a population of 85,000.

She first got her taste of competition as a member of the island branch of the Pony Club, where getting to an affiliate show required a ferry trip to the mainland. After leaving school at 16, she was taken under the wing of Manx natives Sue Davies and Janette Chinn – owners of Banzai and many of her other rides – at their base in Cheshire.

Ingham, 25, was crowned Isle of Man Sportswoman of the Year in 2013 after winning team and individual gold at the European Pony Championship in Arezzo, Italy and in 2018 she displayed his first top 10 in a CCI4*L U25 at Braham. She was awarded the Godman Cup that year for the most points earned by a British rider in eventing aged 21 and under. She won Blenheim last year on Banzai du Loir and finished second in Kentucky earlier this year with Banzai.

“Banzai is the best horse I have ever sat on and I don’t think I will ever sit on a horse like him again. He’s amazing in dressage, he’s got so much presence, he’s fast on the cross country, he’s agile, he’s brave and then coming into show jumping today he showed everyone that he was jumping a clear course and there were no two ways to do it!

“I wouldn’t want to be sitting on another horse,” she said.

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Reporting: Louise Parkes, Winnie Murphy

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