Watch Why They Won: U.S Jumping Team and Simone Blum Take Gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™

Mill Spring, N.C. – Sept. 25, 2018 – The jumping portion of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ at the Tryon International Equestrian Center took place Sept. 19 – 23, 2018, with the home squad from the United States taking the team gold medal and Simone Blum (GER) with the ride on DSP Alice claiming the individual title.

Brought to you by Horse & Country TV (H&C TV), enjoy viewing the rides by the U.S. team of McLain Ward with Clinta, Laura Kraut with Zeremonie, Adrienne Sternlicht with Cristalline and Devin Ryan with Eddie Blue, in addition to the podium performance of Blum and DSP Alice!


In an unprecedented turn of events, two nations were tied for the gold medal spot after all of the team rounds of competition, instigating a historic jump-off between the U.S.A and Sweden. All four riders from each team returned. First to go was Sweden’s world-ranked #4 Henrik von Eckerman and Toveks Mary Lou, who set the pace with a clean trip. Their efforts were immediately matched by USA’s Ryan and 9-year-old Eddie Blue. Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Indiana of Sweden had the final fence down, and Sternlicht and the 10-year-old mare Cristalline also accrued 4 faults.

The scores stayed tied as both Sweden’s Fredrik Jönsson with Cold Play and Kraut with  Zeremonie both navigated clear trips.

Last to ride for Sweden, world-ranked #7 Peder Fredericson and H&M Christian K put the pressure on Ward and Clinta with another penalty-free ride.

Proving why he is ranked #2 in the world, Ward directed Clinta to a perfect ride, keeping all the rails in the cups. With overall faults tied, it came down to time. Sweden finished with 102.72 seconds, and the U.S. clock stopped at 100.67 seconds to capture the gold medal.

To read the full recap on Phelps Sports, click here.


Aboard her own DSP Alice, Germany’s Blum never dropped a rail throughout five rounds of competition. The pair impressively only earned a single time fault over the course of four days, helping them to claim the individual jumping title of world champions. Watch their final ride below!

To read the full recap on Phelps Sports, click here.


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