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The victory of the hosts brought the team event of dressage at the FEI Wrold Championship in Herning to a conclusion. Denmark shared the podium with Great Britain and Germany. Alltogether seven teams secured a place for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Grand Prix have been held for two days with two athletes achieving a result above 80% - Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour on Vamos Amigos (81,864%) and Charlotte Fry on Glamourdale (80,838%). They were the leaders of the teams battling for the gold. The success was on the hosts' side with Nanna Merrald Rasmussen on Blue Hors Zack (76,724%) and Carina Cassøe Krüth on Heiline's Danciera (76,863%) beating the Brits, where Fry was joined by Charlotte Dujardin on Imhotep (77,407%) and Gareth Hughes on Classic Briolinca (75,978%). The podium was completed by the title defending Germans with Ingrid Klimke on Franzikus having their result dropped as the worst in the team (75,683%) the result of 230,791% was achieved by Isabell Werth on DSP Quantaz (77,127%), Bejamin Werndl on Famoso OLD (77,003%) and Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain FRH (76,661%). Beside the medallists, the three next teams also secured a place in the Paris 2024 Olympic team event (as well as team members starting in the individual competition). These are Sweden, Netherlands (including Dinja van Liere on Hermes - third pair of the Grand Prix with 78,835%) and USA. Another quota went to team of Australia, placed eighth, being the best from the Group G of South East Asia and Oceania with Japan in 15th and New Zealand eliminated as Gaylene Lennard's Jax Johnson haven't passed the inspection and the team had no reserve of their three-pair team. The next medal events are to be held on Monday with dressage Grand Prix Special (individual only) and the non-Olympic vaulting Squad and Individual medals to be given. The next Olympic quotas will be distributed during the jumping team final on Friday the 12th. Author: Wojciech Nowakowski, Totallympics Photo: © FEI/Leanjo de Koster
Some of the world's top athletes in equestrian will be in the small Danish city of Herning over the next week for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. In the only "open" (non-gendered) sport on the Olympic programme, events will take place in Dressage and Jumping, as well as the non-Olympic disciples of Vaulting and Para Dressage. A large amount of Olympic qualification spots are up for grabs. Starting with Dressage, which has a team event and an individual event. There are fifteen teams, with Olympic hosts France getting the first spot in Paris, with the next six earned in Herning over the next few days. The other team spots will be earned regionally, but the spots for Group F (Africa/Middle East) and Group G (South East Asia and Oceania) will also be earned here, with the top ranked team in each group also snagging a quota. Out of the sixty individual spots, forty-five belong to team members, none of the standalone individual places will be earned here. The system is not too different for Jumping. In this event, there are twenty teams, again hosts France make up one of them. These championships will earn five of the remaining team spots, as well as two for Group F and another two for Group G. There are seventy-five team spots (with sixty belonging to the team members), and again none of the standalone individual spots are earned in Herning. Qualification won't be earned here for Eventing, which instead sees its world championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, as the first qualifying event. The dressage event, which has a two-day Grand Prix on 6 and 7 August, has nineteen teams participating. In order, these are Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Poland, France, Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the United States. Four years ago, Germany won the gold in this event, qualifying alongside the US, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Spain. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there are no teams from Africa or the Middle East, meaning that the Group F spot will now go to a designated qualifying event. In 2020, that spot went to South Africa, although they later withdrew. Australia, Japan and New Zealand are the only Group G teams to enter, in 2020 it was Australia that got the place. The start lists aren't available yet for the Jumping competition. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News