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Equestrian jumping: Miles and McKinlaigh ride to silver in Hong Kong

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The United States’ Gina Miles (who lives in Creston, Ca.) won an Olympic silver medal at the Beijing Games equestrian center in Hong Kong on Tuesday, riding McKinlaigh through two clean rounds in the eventing individual jumping finals.

‘I always knew he was the best event horse in the world,’ Miles said of McKinlaigh. ‘He had his day to shine at the Olympic Games.’

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‘It was my dream just to be in the individual final, to be fourth or fifth,’ Miles told the U.S. Equestrian Federation after the competition. ‘This is the reward for a lifetime of hard work.’

The gold in eventing individual jumping went to Hinrich Romeike, an amateur rider from Germany who praised his horse, Marius: ‘This horse means everything to my career. I would be nothing without this horse. I am a dental surgeon and dentist. I ride after work.’

Britain’s Tina Cook, riding Miners Frolic, took third.

The equestrian competition continues Wednesday in Hong Kong with the first round of dressage. The Beijing Games website has the upcoming schedule and all the results. The U.S. Equestrian Federation website has more on the day’s events.

-- Greg Johnson

Updated at 5:40 p.m. to note Miles’ California connection.


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