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China, Thailand, and Poland Secure Tokyo 2020 Eventing Team Slots

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro in Saumur. (Ouest Image)

China, Thailand, and Poland secured their equestrian team tickets to next summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at special Eventing qualifiers held in Saumur (FRA) and Baborówko (POL) over the weekend.

This will be a first-ever Olympic Eventing team slot for China and Thailand, although both have had individual starters at previous Olympics. The two nations finished second and third at the FEI designated Olympic qualifier held in Saumur (FRA) for Olympic Groups F and G, which covers Africa and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Hong Kong finished fourth when only one of their three starters went through to the final Jumping phase.

Japan, already assured of a starting place on home ground next summer, were fractionally behind China after Saturday’s Pierre Michelet designed cross country test, but regained the lead they had established in the Dressage arena to take top spot by 6.1 penalties ahead of the Chinese. Team China, led by double Olympian Alex Hua Tian who finished eighth in Rio 2016, held on for second place and a Tokyo ticket ahead of Thailand, also now with a place logged on the 2020 startlist.

Hua Tian, who made his Olympic debut at the age of 18 at Beijing 2008, was bidding for individual success with the talented Don Geniro, but four faults in Jumping handed victory to the 1993 European champion, Frenchman Jean Lou Bigot with Aktion De Belheme.

Double Polish win on home soil

Pawel Spisak, already a four-time Olympian, led his team to victory on home turf at Baborówko to book Poland a place at next year’s Games. Riding his Rio 2016 horse Banderas, the 37-year-old also claimed the individual honours ahead of two-time Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung with Fischerchipmunk FRH.

Both Belarus and Russia also fielded teams at Baborówko, venue for the Olympic Group C qualifier covering Africa and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. However, when just two of the Belarussians and one Russian completed all three phases, the Poles were left untroubled at the top.

Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand are already gearing up for Tokyo, having secured Olympic qualification at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™. Japan, as host nation, is automatically qualified, but the win in Saumur shows that the home side will be right in the mix next summer.

While three team slots were nailed over the weekend, there are still spaces available for five more teams to make up the full quota of 15 Eventing teams for Tokyo. An additional 20 individual places are up for grabs via the FEI Olympic rankings to fill the overall quota of 65 starters.

Remaining opportunities for nations to qualify Eventing teams for Tokyo are at the Pan-American Games in Lima (PER) at the beginning of August and the FEI European Eventing Championships in Luhmühlen (GER) at the end of August, both of which have two slots available. Additionally, the highest ranked nation at the end of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ series 2019, which winds up at Boekelo (NED) in mid-October, will also book their ticket for next year’s Games.

The FEI system allows nations from each of the FEI Olympic Groups two opportunities to qualify, either at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 or at their designated regional qualifier. The FEI Olympic Groups for the Olympic qualification process are based on seven geographical regions: A – North Western Europe; B – South Western Europe; C – Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia; D – North America; E – Central & South America; F – Africa & Middle East; G – South East Asia, Oceania.

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Great Day for Polish Athletes in Baborówko

Baborówko, 25 May 2019 — Polish riders have shown to be in great form during the cross-country trials at Baborówko Equestrian Festival. The Polish team are the current leaders in the fight for a qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Paweł Spisak (POL) has kept the lead in the CCIO4*-L after the cross-country trial with Banderas. They were the only pair that finished the difficult test with almost 40 obstacles at the length of 5700 metres within the time allowed. Michael Jung (GER) is second for now with Fischerchipmunk FRH, and third position went to Jan Kamiński (POL) riding Jard.

The CCIO4*-L class doubles as qualifier for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Polish team’s rivals Russia and Belarus have lost their chance due to the insufficient number of representatives (each team has to have three classified riders). Alexander Zelenko (BLR) was eliminated during dressage, and Hanna Nemtsaya (BLR) has withdrawn from the competition. The Russian team had three pairs during the class (each country was able to enter four), and Aleksandr Markov (RUS) was eliminated during cross-country.

In spite of the lack of competition, the Polish team cannot lose their focus. Mariusz Kleniuk (POL) with Winona has retired from finishing their ride in the cross-country, which means that the Polish team continues with only three riders remaining. Joanna Pawlak with Fantastic Frieda, Paweł Spisak with Banderas, and Paweł Warszawski with Aristo A-Z have to pass the vet check and finish the demanding showjumping course, which will surely stand a challenge for horses tired after the long cross country.

In the CCI4*-S, with the highest prize pool at the event (325 000 PLN), the current leader is Andreas Dibowski (GER) with FRH Butts Avedon. Andreas Ostholt (GER) is right behind him after cross country with Corvette 31, and third position is currently held by Michael Jung (GER) with Highlighter. The highest ranked Polish athlete for now is Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Lassban Radovix (9th position).

The current best score after cross-country in the CCI3*-S belongs to Jan Kamiński (POL) with Senior, and Ksawery Śniegucki (POL) is second with Rarashek. Third place for now goes to Johan Lundin (SWE) riding Zuma.

The CCI2*-S class has ended, with no changes in the leaderboard. First place went to Vanessa Bolting (GER) with Ready To Go W, second was Leoni Kuhlmann (GER) with Hidalgo 179, and Julia Gillmaier (POL) with Red Sunrise 2 took home the third place.

The cross-country trial was the last one in the CCIYH2*-S, for six-year-old horses. Miloslav Prihoda Jr (CZE) won the class with the Polish-bred Eldorado, second place went to Sabrina Labes (GER) with Sparta’s Prince, and third went to Rebecca-Juana Gerken (GER) with Fame 227.

At the hardest and most demanding classes of the show, the CCIO4*-L, CCIO4*-S, and CCIO3*-S, The athletes will compete for the record-breaking prize pool (even bigger than last year’s record). Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event, Mr Roman Roszkiewicz. the collective prize pool in the international classes will reach 465 000 PLN. The CCIO4*-L the prize money will be as high as 85 000 PLN, 60 000 PLN of which will go to the three best teams in the class. The biggest prize is to be won in the CCI4*-S class, 100 000 PLN, with the collective prize pool in the class being 325 000 PLN.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl/eng.