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Showjumping landmark! - Jamaica's Gore wins gold at equestrian competition in Colombia

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Danielle Gore (left) and Hannah Deleon at The Gleaner shortly after their return to the island yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

DANIELLE GORE perfectly synchronised her riding abilities with the horses on which she competed to create history by becoming the first Jamaican under-12 rider to win a showjumping event in South America.

Gore achieved the feat on Sunday, when she won the gold medal at the annual Guaymaral Gran Derby 2014 FEI Children's Invitational Showjumping competition, which was held in Colombia.

Another Jamaican, Hannah Deleon, who participated in the 14 and under category, barely missed out on a medal as she placed fourth among age-group rivals at the South American event.

Both Jamaican riders were at a slight disadvantage, as they competed on borrowed horses. Their Colombian counterparts, on the other hand, rode their own horses.

The Guaymaral Gran Derby consisted of two qualifying rounds over two days, followed by the finals.

Gore was simply outstanding as she gave a faultless display.

She finished the three days of showjumping courses with zero faults and the fastest times every day, conquering 22 riders from six different countries and two continents.

She did the rounds on two horses, 'Africa', which was declared horse of the final, and 'Tabasco', which was voted the runner-up, to finish the Final A competition as the FEI 12 and under champion of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Germany and Jamaica.

Deleon went up against more riders, 29, from the same number of countries in a hotly contested competition.

She also competed on two different horses, making it to the final with nine faults on 'Natasha', on whom she did the qualifying rounds, then Kitaro, on whom she committed five faults in the final.

Interestingly, the Colombian rider of 'Natasha' won gold in their performance, while Kitaro's Colombian rider earned bronze.