Charlotte Dujardin of Britain won her second gold medal of the Games Thursday in individual dressage at Greenwich Park.
Dujardin, aboard Valegro, scored 90.089 points, putting a good-sized gap between her and silver medalist Adelinde Cornelissen (Parzival) of the Netherlands.
Britain’s Laura Bechtolscheimer (Mitral Hojris) won the bronze. She and Dujardin were among the riders who took team gold for Britain earlier in the Games.
Another Brit, Carl Hester (Uthopia), was fifth.
The only American in the individual final, Steffen Peters (Ravel), finished 17th out of 18 riders.
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Steve Guerdat of Switzerland took the individual jumping gold aboard Nino des Buissonnets Wednesday at Greenwich Park.
Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands won the silver riding the appropriately named London after winning a jump-off over Cian O’Connor of Ireland on Blue Lloyd 12.
Rich Fellers (Flexible) was the top American, in eighth.
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Three members of Britain’s four-man show-jumping team — Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Peter Charles — had perfect rounds in the jump-off as Britain defeated the Netherlands for the show-jumping gold medal.
Saudi Arabia took bronze, while the United States tied for sixth after all four of its riders knocked down fences.
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Twelve riders – including American Rich Fellers aboard Flexible – had no penalties and were atop the rankings on the second day of individual qualifying in show jumping at Greenwich Park.
Britain had two riders among the top 12, Nick Skelton (Big Star) and Ben Maher (Tripple X). Those scores helped put Britain in a tie for second place in the team standings after day 1.
But the performance by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdullah Al Saud – also perfect on Sunday – as well as Kamal Bahamdan and Ramzy al Duhami, who tied for 15th, gave the Arab nation the lead in the team competition.
The United States, a two-time gold medalist in team jumping, is tied for seventh.
In team competition, the penalties of the top three of four riders for each country in individual competition are combined; the worst result is thrown out. The Saudis have one penalty point; the British four, along with the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada has five and the United States and Brazil each have eight.
American Reed Kessler, the newest member of the team, was among those who did not advance to the third day of qualifying. That means that from here out, all the Americans’ scores count toward the team score.
Rich Fellers and McLain Ward had clear rounds and Reed Kessler had just one time fault, sending the U.S. equestrian team into Sunday’s team competition in good shape.
Teammate Beezie Madden, who won bronze in this event in Beijing, fell out of the running in the individual event when her horse, Via Volo, refused to complete a combination jump.
Madden is not eliminated from the team competition, however; Saturday’s scores are used only to determine the order of the draw for the team event. The United States has won the last two golds in the team competition.
Meanwhile, Canadian rider Ian Millar made history when he competed in his 10th Olympics – the most of any athlete. The 65-year-old first competed in the 1972 Games in Munich and since has only missed one Olympics – the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games.
“I am better now than I was then in knowledge and experience,” he said. “The age of the top riders tends to be older because it takes a lot of time to be consistent.”
The United States qualified for the Grand Prix finals in both individual and team dressage after Day 2 of qualifying at Greenwich Park.
The U.S. team of Jan Ebeling (Rafalca), Tina Konyot (Calecto V) and Steffen Peters (Ravel) were fifth among the seven teams that moved on to the Grand Prix.
Britain had the top team, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. Spain and Sweden were sixth and seventh, respectively. Team medals will be determined Tuesday.
Britain’s Charlotte DuJardin, aboard Valegro, had the top individual score of 83.663 and led the group of 30 riders who’ll compete in the Grand Prix on Thursday for individual medals. Teammates Carl Hester (Utopia) and Laura Bechtolsheimer (Mistal Hojris) were fifth and seventh, respectively, giving Britain its top spot in the team competition.
Peters had the best score among U.S. riders, 77.705. Konyot was 27th and Ebeling was 30th aboard Rafalca, the horse part-owned by Ann Romney.