Photo: Leszek Wójcik
Dutch rider Merel Blom with Vesuve d’Averyon was the best in the CCI4*-L, the highest ranked class at the Strzegom Spring Open II.
Blom was sixth after the dressage, climbed up the scoreboard after clear cross-country, and secured her win with a zero-penalty jumping round. They finished with 35,7. Second place went to Peter T.Flarup (DEN) with Fascination. The rider had the best dressage score, but time points in the XC cost him the win, even after faultless showjumping. Final score – 36,2. Spanish athlete Esteban Benitez Valle with Utrera AA 35 1 finished third. A good cross-country over the optimum time jumped him up from 10th after dressage, to finish with 41,9. The only Polish combination – Robert Powała and Rara del Castegno – finished 11th with 64,3.
There were some surprises in the CCI4*-S class. Sanna Siltakorpi (FIN) with Bofey Click was ultimately victorious, after a clear cross-country – the only one inside the time. That performance made her jump up from 21st after two previous trials (40,6). Second went to Germany’s Arne Bergendahl with Checkovich – 40,6, and third to the Olympic champion Julia Krajewski aboard Nickel 21 – 40,8.
The winner of the CCI3*-L was Germany’s Christoph Wahler with D’Accord 70, who kept his lead from the dressage – 30,0. He finished before Joaquim Grave (POR) with Let’s Win – 35,2, and Belgian Valentine Emsens with Esther du Mailler – 37,4.
The podium of the 3*S was all German. The win belonged to Ingrid Klimke with SAP Asha P, unbeatable from the dressage trial – 25,5. Second went to Felix Etzel with TSF Polartanz – 28,1, and third to Sophie Leube with Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF – 28,8.
Peter T.Flarup with H.Carald Z was victorious in the CCI2*-L – 35,1. The Danish rider took the lead in the first trial, cleared the cross-country, and even a knockdown in the jumping could not threaten his position. Germany’s Marie Marie Füntmann with Butt’s Azahar followed in second with 42,4, and third went to Luna Richter (DEN) with Lillifee AJK – 45,1
German athletes were the best in the 2*S. Bernhard Reemtsma won aboard Catelan – 30,5. They took the lead after the showjumping, and went only two seconds over the time limit in the XC. Jerome Robiné with Avatar 42 finished second with 31,2, and Charlotte Whittaker with Isa – third – 31,8.
The winner of the CCI1*-Intro was Germany’s Julia Krajewski with Chilli Morning II – 34,5. Her compatriot Leni Lehnard with Cobec was second – 36,8, and Polish athlete Weronika Krzecka took home the third with First Kiss – 37,4.
In the Pony CCIP2*, victory went to Liva Emilie Grubbe from Denmark with Ac-Star Quickie af Engvang – 38,6.
The Strzegom Spring Open competition selected the winners of eight international classes. Over 250 horse-and-rider combinations representing 18 countries took part.
Online results: http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/event.php?event=20.