Equestrianism: British riders deliver with best Games
Friday 10 August 2012
These Games have been the best ever for Britain's riders, with medals across all three disciplines and three golds, the first time they have achieved both feats.
Since eventing, showjumping and dressage were first included in 1912, GB have sent teams to all bar four Games. This year's golds – from showjumping and dressage teams, and Charlotte Dujardin in yesterday's individual dressage – plus the eventers' silver easily outstrip the previous top medal tally in 1968.
In Mexico the showjumpers Marion Coakes, on Stroller, and David Broom, on Mr Softee, took individual silver and bronze. The eventers Derek Allhusen (Lochinvar), Richard Meade (Cornishman) and Reuben Jones (The Poacher) won gold and Allhusen individual silver.
Besides the 1968 eventers, previous gold medals came from the showjumping team in 1952 (Helsinki) and the eventing teams in 1956 (Melbourne, but the equestrianism was held in Stockholm) and 1972 (Munich).
In Athens in 2004 Leslie Law, on Shear L'Eau, was belatedly awarded individual eventing gold after German Bettina Hoy was disqualified on a technicality.
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