All eyes have been on the Olympic Showjumping from Rio for a great display in equestrianism, but the excitement is not over yet! The games showcase the best in Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage and although the medals for these disciplines have all been claimed, it is still all to play for in the Individual Showjumping final.
France, the United States and Germany finished yesterday’s Team Event on the podium where Germany had to jump off against Canada for the bronze medal position. Three clears from Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Daniel Deusser secured their place.
On Friday at 2pm, the National Equestrian Centre in Deodoro will play host to 35 riders in Round A of the Individual Olympic Showjumping final. The top 20 will then progress to Round B which takes place at later on at 7.30pm. We will have our fingers crossed for Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander and her 13-year-old bay mare, Lintea Tequilia. After the qualifying stages, the combination completed on nine faults leaving them in equal 23rd place. These faults will not carry into the final with all riders once again beginning with a clean slate on 0 faults.
Connolly’s RED MILLS have been a partner to Tops-Alexander since January 2013 and our nutrition team have developed individual diets for each of the top class horses that are based at Stal Tops. The temperatures in Rio are around 30 degrees and above which can be difficult on equine athletes. However, as Edwina and her team of horses participate around the world all year round they are used to changes of climate. “My horses and I are always on the move, we travel the world and have to deal with the stresses of travel and changes in climates. A consistent diet for my horses is of great importance to ensure feed changes are not an added stress factor.”
Going into the games, Tops-Alexander is currently ranked 28th in the world and it is her third Olympic Games representing Australia. Both horse and rider are showing excellent competition form so everyone at RED MILLS will have our fingers crossed that the combination can claim a coveted medal in the Individual Olympic Showjumping Final. “She’s still on fire, still got plenty of energy in her,”
There will be tough competition from the 35 competitors in Round A, all of whom are hoping to finish their time in Rio with medal glory. The list of qualified riders include Eric Lameze and Fine Lady 5 who have completed all of their Showjumping rounds at Rio so far on 0. Current world number one, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann with the extremely talented Taloubet Z are also in contention with Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, London’s 2012 gold medal winner will be seeking to retain his title with Nino des Buissonnets.
You won’t have to miss any of the Olympic Showjumping Final action as along with national broadcasters, there are a number of live streams available.
All that remains from the team here is send our best wishes to all the competitors and to especially say best of luck Edwina!
- International Showjumping
- Rio Olympic Games