American rider Tamie Smith is fifth after dressage at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships

Sep 16, 2022

American rider Tamie Smith is fifth after dressage at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

Recognized master of modern eventing, Michael Jung propelled Germany to silver medal position after dressage with a score of 18.8 – his best at CCI5* level – with FischerChipmunk FRH (Contendro I x Havanna) , the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by DOKR, Klaus and Sabine Fischer, and Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampff. This result leaves Germany just 6.9 points behind the British team, who retain the gold medal at the end of the first phase.

However, the American team is only half a penalty behind the Germans in bronze medal position after Tamie Smith and Mai Baum (Loredano 2 x Ramiro), owned by Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, have produced the highest American dressage score at a world championship. for 20 years with a score of 24. Smith is fifth individually behind Jung, Britain’s two top scorers on day one – Laura Collett and London 52 on 19.3 and Yasmin Ingham with Banzai Du Loir on 2- and China’s Alex Hua Tian, ​​who scored 23.7 over Don Geniro.

Smith, whose only mistake with the 16-year-old German Sport Horse gelding was briefly breaking into a canter on the first extension of the trot, said: “I think he just tried a little too hard, and you can’t blame him for this. He doesn’t have the best average trot, and I’m pretty sure it was the best average trot I had before coming to gallop. It is what it is, and I think he was pretty perfect everywhere else, so I’m really proud of him.

“I feel like our test was better than badminton, and he’s doing a lot better and relaxing a lot better. Most of it was brilliant, it was just unfortunate to have that little mistake, but you try to go for it and he’s not strong enough to hold that in. But I’m still super ecstatic and it’s a 24 so I’ll take it!

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg TSF. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

The last rider of the US team of four, Boyd Martin, scored 26.2 with the Turner family’s elegant 15-year-old Trakehner gelding, Tsetserleg TSF (Windfall x Thabana), giving them 14th place at this stage.

“He’s a real tester, this little horse, and so reliable in there,” Martin said. “He was a bit quiet and backed off; I wish I had had one race less to get him a little more excited, but it can also backfire on those big championships because they can get a little nervous. Overall I was happy – it can always be better, it can always be worse.

American individual rider, Ariel Grad, is in 50th place out of 88 competitors with a score of 32.5 on the gelding Leamore Master Plan, a 13-year-old Irish sport horse of Annie Elridge (Master IMP IHR x Ardragh Bash).

Grad said: “Overall I’m just happy to be here, and the horse has worked pretty well this week. He’s a bit rambunctious and gets a bit nervous – he tries really hard but training isn’t his strength and he worries a bit, so my main goal was just to come in and keep him with me, and I think for the most part he really did that so I must be happy with him.

Ariel Grad and Leamore Master Plan. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

“Obviously the competitive rider in me wants to go out there and knock it out of the park, but that [phase] isn’t his strength and we’re building every time and getting a little bit better every year so that’s all I can hope for.

It’s Grad’s championship debut, and she said: “It’s amazing to be here – I keep taking breaks and looking around and soaking in because as a driver, it’s so easy to focus on the laser and get tunnel vision so I try to keep breathing and looking around I have great teammates so it’s an honor to be here with all of them – I’m learning a lot and enjoying it.

Will Coleman and Off The Record’s day one score of 26.4 means they are in 18th place with France’s Thomas Carlile and Darmagnac De Beliad, just slightly ahead of Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus who are tied for 21st place on a score of 27.1.

The New Zealand team is now fourth, the Australians and the French fifth and sixth.

Saturday’s cross-country test, designed by Italian Giuseppe della Chiesa, starts at 10:30 a.m. Italian time.

Smith said: “I think cross country will be a great fit for Mai Baum. Horses have to be fast and have to be ridable, and he’s all of that, and he’s smart, he’s brave, so I can’t wait to go.

“It’s cool to be here. Going to Tokyo last year really gave me experience, just being there…you try to categorize it as just a horse show, but that’s a team competition is also the world championships, so that’s great.

“It’s been my life’s goal to be here, and to be on this horse is very special because I think he’s one of the best in the world and he belongs here.”

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Earnest L. Veasey