Bob Barron Frieze has served as agent to Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Maple, Jerry Bailey and Edgar Prado. But this week, he took on a different role; that of supporting his 23-year-old granddaughter as she competed in the Rio Olympics for Team USA.
Lucy Davis was one of four members of the US show jumping team, riding Barron, named in honor of her grandfather. She and the 12-year-old Belgian Sport Horse were a part of the same team that picked up a bronze medal in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France, including Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. But when it came to the team show jumping finals on Wednesday in Rio, veteran Madden had to withdraw her horse due to a tendon injury.
That left just Davis, Ward and Farrington; they would be unable to drop their lowest score in determining a final score for a medal. Farrington went first, earning one time penalty but leaving all the jumps up. Davis was the second American on course, and came in within the time allowed but had one rail down in the tough triple combination.
“I'm just that happy that we could stay within the time,” Davis told teamusa.org. “Knowing (Madden) is behind you is always relieving but unfortunately the reality is she was out. I know (Farrington) and (McLain) are super on it though, so that took off a little bit of pressure.”
Veteran Ward was able to complete the course with no penalties, securing the team silver medal for the US.
“I think it's something really special to be on a team with these three,” Davis continued. “I think that this first Olympic experience is as great as it could have gone.”
A graduate of Stanford with a degree in engineering, Davis is one of the youngest riders to have competed at the Olympic games. On Facebook after the silver medal, she wrote:
“It's been an amazing week! Taking the silver medal here at Rio! Congratulations to France on their gold medal and to Germany on their bronze medal! This team has been amazing and couldn't have done it without the amazing support from my team members and my coach, Markus Beerbaum.”
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