two outfits, with cheerful British horses
The first Olympic show jumping trot of the Tokyo Games has been completed and all four British horses have been accepted.
Scott Brash (Jefferson), Ben Maher (Explosion W), Holly Smith (Denver) and British team substitute Harry Charles (Romeo 88) were 15th of 35 nations to present tonight, and all made it – with a few explosion shots of Explosion W.
The full Irish squad – Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro, Darragh Kenny and Cartello, Cian O’Connor and Kilkenny, and Shane Sweetnam with Alejandro – were also accepted.
Olympic show jumping trot: two horses selected
Two horses have been selected, and will re-present tomorrow morning. They are Cannavaro 9, the 15-year-old rider of the Argentinian Matias Albarracin, who was the first to set off on the trotting track of the Baji Koen Equestrian Park, and Caesar, the 12-year-old rider of the Chinese You Zhang.
A combination was asked to trot twice before being accepted. It was USA De Riverland with Moroccan Ali Al Ahrach, who was forced off the track by 13 year old stallion Diamant De Semilly at one point.
American Jessica Springsteen failed to stop before setting off on the track with Don Juan Van De Donkhoeve, and was stopped at the end for the 12-year-old stallion to be inspected. He was then accepted.
The majority of the horses were presented by their riders, some of whom wore interesting national outfits. The Dutch team looked stylish in cream pinstripe linen suits over an orange shirt, while the Japanese runners paired beige blazers with red pants.
Sri Lankan individual rider Mathilda Karlsson (Chopin VA) stood out from the crowd with a saree top and black skirt.
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Credit: Peter Nixon
Credit: Peter Nixon
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