Nine horses have cantered down the center line thus far today, and it’s Swiss rider Felix Vogg who tops the leaderboard at the lunch break. There is a 21-point difference between first and ninth position at the moment, which leaves a wide window for the next 10 riders set to ride today, and the following 22 riders to come tomorrow.
Vogg laid down a 28.0 aboard Jurgen Vogg’s Westphalian gelding, Colero (Captain Fire x Bonita). “I’m quite pleased,” exclaimed Vogg. “He (Colero) doesn’t take this atmosphere too serious, with last year having been at WEG, so you have to [wake him up] a little bit. I was quite lucky that Hallie [Coon] got some applause before I went in, and that wakes him up a little bit. So yeah, I was quite pleased.”
Vogg is a Swiss rider who lives in Singen, Germany, but has been based in the United States since February of 2018. He trains with Boyd Martin’s wife Silva Martin in the dressage phase and stated “it works out quite well because she’s German and I’m used to that. I’m based with Boyd and Silva right now, but on Sunday I’m moving back to Germany.”
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp sits in second place on a 30.9 aboard the Deniro Syndicate & Ocala Horse Properties’ KWPN gelding, Deniro Z. “I’m really pleased with Deniro. “He tried really really hard,” Halliday-Sharp said of Deniro Z. “The flying changes are our biggest nemesis, and those did us in the ring. But, he pushed hard, he worked hard, he tried his guts out. I thought the mark was a bit unfair because I think he did enough good things to hopefully be in the 20’s, but that’s where we are, so I’m disappointed with the mark, but pleased with the horse.”
Buck Davidson rounds out the top three at the lunch break with Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Irish Sport Horse gelding, Park Trader. The pair scored a respectable 32.1 which should remain competitive throughout the weekend.
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The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.