Riding her own and Caroline Moore’s 13-year-old Allstar B she piled the pressure on the overnight leader, Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, with a foot perfect clear round in the show jumping, securing the title when Klimke’s horse lowered the very last fence on the course.
In the process, Ros led the British team to its first world Gold medal since 2010, also won in America, and the lowest team score in world championship history. It is the first time Britain has won both individual and team gold at a single WEG, and Ros is the first British individual winner since Zara Tindall claimed victory 12 years ago in Aachen.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in. Allstar B was absolutely amazing, a hero,” Ros exclaimed. “I had an amazing experience in there. I kept saying to myself ‘just let him do his job’ and I am so proud. He is phenomenal. There were quite a few tears when I found out, which isn’t normal for me.
“It’s just incredible for me and the whole support team behind Team Great Britain – the most incredible feeling, and a very surreal day. The team around us is phenomenal. They make the dream come true really.”
British Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood added,
“It’s been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together. They all went in there for the team and stuck to the system. It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence, I knew she had it. Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games), and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we’ve achieved both goals.”
The gold medal winning team comprised Ros Canter, Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Gemma Tattersall.