2012 Olympic jumping individual medalists Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands (silver), Steve Guerdat of Switzerland (gold), and Cian O'Connor (bronze). Photo by Jennifer Bryant. 

None of the British team jumping gold medalists stood on the individual jumping medal podium today. Instead, one member each of the silver-medal Dutch team and the fourth-placed Swiss team, plus one individual competitor, bested such well-knowns as Nick Skelton, Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Rodrigo Pessoa, and the two U.S. qualifiers, McLain Ward and Rich Fellers.

The only rider to achieve fault-free trips in both rounds of the individual competition was Swiss competitor Steve Guerdat, 30, on the eleven-year-old Selle Francais gelding Nino des Buissonnets (by Kannan).

Dutch team silver medalist Gerco Schroder, 24, blazed around Bob Ellis's jump-off course aboard London, a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Nabab de Reve, to finish with zero faults and the individual silver. Irish individual competitor Cian O'Connor, 33, had one rail with mount Blue Loyd 12, a twelve-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Landor S, to take the individual bronze.

It was a day of no alarming crashes but lots of rails. "My aim was to build up from day one," said Ellis of his course, which was noticeably bigger and tighter today than in Monday's team competition. Lots of horses put a foot in the water, and rails came down, well, pretty much everywhere, but particularly in the tight, big triple combination. British riders Scott Brash and Nick Skelton each finished on four faults, and Ben Maher had eight. 

The highest-placing U.S. combination, Rich Fellers on Flexible, finished eighth in the individual standings with four jumping penalties and one time fault. He called his effort aboard the sixteen-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion (by Cruising) "a pretty good round but not good enough."

Riding Antares, a twelve-year-old Baden-Wurttemburg gelding by Araconit, McLain Ward had three rails for a total of twelve jumping penalties. They finished tied for 29th place individually.