The starting list has been revealed for the individual final of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch-sponsored showjumping competition at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, USA, tomorrow (Sunday, 23 September).
Tomorrow marks the end of WEG, with the driving cones phase taking place as well as the individual showjumping final.
The top 25 riders after the three rounds of jumping so far will start in round A of tomorrow’s competition, which begins at 9.45am (2.45pm) in the US Trust Arena. They start in reverse order of merit, carrying forward their penalties from the previous days.
The leading 12 combinations will then go through to the final showdown, round B, which starts at 12.35pm (5.35pm British time).
One British rider has qualified for the final. Amanda Derbyshire lies 15th with Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Luibanta, so she will be the 11th rider into the arena, at approximately 10.07am local time (3.07pm).
Ireland also has one pair through to tomorrow — reigning European individual bronze medallist and team gold medallist Cian O’Connor on Adena Springs and Ronnoco Jump Ltd’s Good Luck. He is sitting in sixth place and will be the 20th rider into the arena, so will jump around 10.25am local time (3.25pm British time).
Update: Amanda and Cian both had eight faults so they sit 17th and 13th after the first round. Neither of them progress to the last round today.
Germany’s Simone Blom leads the rankings going into tomorrow’s final riding DSP Alice, on a total of 2.47 penalties. In second place is Austria’s Max Kühner, who rides Chardonnay, on 2.97, with Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs sitting third with Cooney on 4.68.
Just 9.34 penalties — a little over two rails down — separates the top and bottom riders heading into tomorrow’s final.
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