Mogolympics Equestrian Results
Hello and welcome to the final round of the first ever Mogolympics! I’m Kimea and I’ll be your host for this equestrian extravaganza — because, frankly, no one else was even remotely qualified. Everyone knows that paladins are synonymous with horsemanship. Paladins and horses go together like sword and board, or tank and spank, or bubble and hearth. *disdainful female Blood Elf laugh*
Now, I’m sure that most of you don’t know the first thing about world class show jumping. And how could you, really? It’s not like most of you have had the opportunity to move in the correct social circles like I have. But never fear! I’ll give you a brief, (and simplified), explanation before we move on.
Each horse and rider team is required to run the course, jumping cleanly over all the obstacles in the correct order within a certain amount of time. Faults are assessed for knocking down rails, refusing a jump, setting a foot in a water jump, or exceeding the time limit. The team with either the fewest faults or the fastest clear round is declared the winner. You’ll notice the faults are always in multiples of four. This is because errors are worth four faults each.
It rained non-stop here in Hillsbrad, so the course was quite muddy and slippery. This seems to have caused quite a few problems for our equestrians. We started out with 47 competitors, but at the end of the first round 16 teams had received 16 faults each, and were eliminated from consideration.
Another group of 15 competitors had 12 faults, dashing their hopes of Mogolympic gold.
The next group performed slightly better. Each team knocked down two rails, for 8 faults. (That fiery entry representing Hellscream’s Reach also put a foot down in the water jump, which caused quite the eruption of steam, I must say.)
There were also 5 teams with a mere 4 faults each. A single rail leading to heartbreak here today.
In the end, there were only 3 teams who were able to jump a clear round on this treacherous course. These teams moved to the jump offs — a shorter course where the fastest clear round wins! All three were able to repeat their clear performance, so it came down to the clock. The third fastest time went to the representative from the Argent Dawn, who managed the incredibly fast time of 56.20* seconds!
However, two teams were just a whisker faster. And not only were they faster, but to everyone’s surprise they managed to clear the course in exactly the same amount of time. 56.10 seconds! That’s how close the competition was here today!
Normally there would be a second jump off in the unlikely event of a tie like this, but it’s pouring rain and my hair is already completely ruined! So we’re just going to hand out two gold medals and call it a day.
Congratulations to Silvermoon City and the Frostwolves on their gold medals, and the Argent Dawn on their silver medal, in this highly competitive event. Also, an enormous thank you to everyone who participated in the Mogolympics! Amazing entries from every single one of you.
*Please note, these times are completely made up and are not related to the actual scores in any way, except for the fact that yes, there really was only a 10th of a point separating the silver and gold medalists.