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Strzegom Horse Trials: France First in Nations Cup

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team was unbeatable in the Nations Cup competition at the LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. Second place went to team Great Britain; Italy finished on third.

In the showjumping trial the Polish team had a few mistakes, which led to them falling from the third position that they had after the cross country, to fourth position. The best polish athlete of the team was Mateusz Kiempa, who after two knockdowns has finished on the 11th position individually.

“I had two mistakes in the showjumping – one was because we had a tight distance in the combination. My horse is quite big and he lands far after the jump, but I’m very pleased, because the course was really demanding; not a lot of horses have finished it clear.”

Great dressage tests, clear rounds of Christopher Six with Totem de Brecey and Francois Lemiere with Ogustin du Terroir at the showjumping, and a good cross country test of Maxime Livio aboard Opium de Verrieres made it possible for the French team to take home the cup for the first place in the Nations Cup.

“We did a good job with the team – two of us were clear. Yesterday the cross was quite hard, but our three horses were clear, and mine was very close to the time. We came here to try to win the Nations Cup and we did, so we are very happy,” said Maxime Livio.

The individual ranking proved Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) the best of them all: after clear rounds in both the cross country and showjumping trials, he won the CI-short 3* with Calle 44.

“I’m very happy and very lucky to have this horse; he is a super jumper. He is a really careful horse; he jumped really well today, and I’m pleased with him”

Frenchman Christopher Six has moved up from the fifth place to finish as second, and William Oakden (GBR) finished third with Cooley Ramiro.

7 nations have competed in the Nations Cup altogether.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom was the first test of the new Olympic format of the team competition before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The jumping trials on Sunday have also determined the winners of the CI-long competitions. In the CI-long 3* competition, the hardest one at Strzegom Horse Trials, the athletes competed to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The winner, Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE), riding the 17-year-old Wega, took the lead after the dressage. An excellent ride in the cross country trial allowed her to stay in the leading position even after one knockdown in the showjumping.

The cup for the second place went to Andreas Ostholt with So Is Et (GER), and Karin Donckers (BEL) finished as third with Fletcha van’t Verahof.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt has also had a great round in the CI-long 2* competition. She kept her score after dressage and showjumping, after which she was first and second, and after a clear round she won the class with Cesar V and took home the cup for the second place with Arpertina. Third place went to Kai Rüder aboard Chicago M. The best polish athlete in the class was Wiktoria Knap, which finished as 7th with Quintus 134.

German riders had a lot to be happy about after the CI-long 1* showjumping. Sophie Grieger (GER) won the class with Costakovich, Niklas Bschorer (GER) finished as second with Back in Time 2, and Frank Ostholt (GER) was third aboard Luvis. As for the Polish athletes in the competition, the best one was Filip Dziuba, finishing on the 4th place with Cormintta.

It was also time for the cross country trials for the CI-short star competitions. Andreas Dibowski (GER) won the CI-short 2* with FRH Corrida, Julia Krajewski (GER) was second with Amande de B’Neville, and third place went to Maxime Livio (FRA) aboard Billy Elmy.

In the CI-short 1* class, Frank Ostholt (GER) took home the cup for the first place with Carlson 119, Elaine Pen (NED) was second, and Julien Despontin (BEL) finished on the third position.

In the national classes, the best riders after the dressage kept their leads throughout the cross country trials. Verena Laber (AUT) has won the P1 class with Con Casiro, and Miroslav Trunda (CZE) with Riviera was first ex aequo with Miloslav Příhoda (CZE) and Eldorado in P2.

Tomasz Stachowiak (POL) won the L class aboard Monito, and Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) took home the first place in the L-18.

10 classes, both national and international, over 280 athletes on more than 300 horses. All that was to be seen during this year’s LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Nations Cup team standings:

  1. France – 115,80
  2. Great Britain – 139,40
  3. Italy – 209,00
  4. Poland – 220,70

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Strzegom Horse Trials: Dressage Day 2

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The French team has taken the lead after Friday’s dressage test during the prestigious Nations Cup. Swedish team is currently second, and the third position is occupied by Germany. 7 teams are competing altogether.

The Polish team is currently sixth. The best result after the dressage goes to Mateusz Kiempa and Lassban Radovix, currently 11th in the individual ranking. Here’s what he said after his performance:

“I think the test went all right; it is a great honour for me to compete in the Nations Cup representing Poland. I want my score to be as good as possible for our team.”

German rider Marie Kraack is currently the best in the individual ranking in the competition, aboard Havana Club.

“He was really super; he did what we expected from him, and he performed very well,” said the rider after her dressage.

Second place for now goes to Linda Algotsson (SWE) riding Fair Spot, and third to Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Duke of Cavan.

“He was very good. I’m happy with the test; he was a bit tense inside; I could have done a nicer test, but otherwise I’m really pleased with him,” he told us after his ride.

The Nations Cup competition in Strzegom is the first test of the new Olympic format, which will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Three riders compete for each team, and their added score counts for the overall classification.

Dressage tests of the short CI competitions have ended on Friday as well. In the 2* competition two riders are in the lead with the same score: Maxime Livio (FRA) with Ariano du Quinze and Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Libertina. In the one star competition Pia Münker (GER) with Dunkin Donut M. has taken the lead.

National competitions were happening alongside the international classes as well. Danish rider Casper Rasmussen got the best dressage score in the L class aboard Tranehajs Prada Noir, and in the L-18 class the lead has been taken by Weronika Jerczyńska (POL) with Karat.

Verena Laber (AUT) is the current best rider in the P class number 1 with Con Casiro, and in the P class number 2 the lead is taken by two Czech riders: Miroslav Trunda with Riviera and Miloslav Prihoda with Eldorado.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: Sara Algotsson Ostholt Takes Lead after Dressage

Photo: Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) takes the lead after her dressage test during the CI-long 3* competition at Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials.

First dressage tests have been held at the Morawa hippodrome during the eventing competition, also called the equestrian triathlon. In the most demanding competition of the event, the CI long 3*, Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt is the leader aboard Wega.

“Wega was fantastic! She was amazing to ride, she loves to show off in the dressage arena, and she did so today,” said the Swedish rider.

The Ostholt family has dominated the competition. Sara’s husband Frank Ostholt and her brother-in-law Andreas, both representing Germany, have also competed in the CI-long 3*, finishing their tests on the fourth and sixth position accordingly.

Karin Donckers (BEL) is in the second place so far aboard Belgian-bred gelding Fletcha van’t Verahof. A true Strzegom veteran, regularly competing at the Morawa hippodrome for many years, commented upon her test: “I had a good feeling about our test with Fletcha. I’m happy with how it went; I’m really pleased with my horse. It’s been a very good year for him.”

Christoph Wahler (GER) is currently third in the competition after a good round of 27,10 penalty points.

Competing in the CI-long 3* gives an opportunity to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in September in Tryon in the United States. The only Polish rider participating in the competition is Artur Społowicz, with Poker, currently on the 12thposition after dressage.

In the CI-long 2*, German rider Kai Ruder has taken the lead with Chicago M. Sara Algotsson Ostholt is currently second and third with Arpertina and Cesar accordingly. A good round for Polish rider Wiktoria Knap, whose dressage test has gained her the 5th position.

Polish rider Paweł Warszawski with Hummer has gained the best score in the CI-long 1*class.

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Strzegom Horse Trials: A Walk with Course Designer Marcin Konarski on CICO3* Nations Cup Route

It’s a big challenge to design a cross country course after the Championships. Achieving a balance between creating an interesting course for visitors whilst lowering technical requirements can be difficult. I hope all this year’s courses will be entertaining for spectators and at the same time friendly and educative for horses and riders. Designing a cross country course for the Nations Cup competition is particularly interesting. It is a team competition and it has its own rules.

The Nations Cup cross-country course begins with four easy but large scale fences, which are designed to help horses find the correct rhythm and for riders to feel in control.

The fifth fence is the first that spectators will be able to observe up close. It’s an enormous yellow-black oxer near a water fence complex. Then we have a long stretch of canter and a 1-stride combination of fences EUROINS 6AB on the top of the hill.

Over the next stretch, horse and rider will be presented with their first serious test on this cross-country route: it’s a combination of two URSUS tractors positioned parallel at a large angle provoking run-out to the left. We are now getting close to the first big fence complex sponsored by KOWAR. It starts with the largest log on the ditch followed by a four element combination, the direct route consisting of very risky skinny fence, concluding with another big jump through the ditch with the hedge.

Following such an intensive section of the cross-country, there is opportunity to take a breath. On route to the first water fence, there is only one jump through another ditch proceeded by a length of canter where riders will face the PODA LAKE combination which finishes with an innovative corner build with MIM safety cups and arranged in a non-conventional layout.

Now riders go straight to the main water complex, which this year, thanks to our principal partner, is called LOTTO ARENA. First is a massive table and on to the curve line jump into the water through vertical palisade. Next riders turn right and jump out off the water through a combination of skinny fence and corner. Dealing with this question requires high-level skills from the rider and a lot of precision from the horse. All four jumps are situated just a few meters from the visitor’s area, so they will bring a lot of sporting thrill for sure.

A short rest at the main show jumping arena with the task of two big oxers and then we go back to LOTTO ARENA. This part of the course begins with a jump into the water through the big log followed by a very difficult combination of house and corner in the water. It’s not far to the finishing line now. All that’s left to do is to jump the table followed by the final combination on this cross-country route, walls made of Strzegom granite. One last fence and we arrive at the finishing line!

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Strzegom Horse Trials: 13 Amazing Facts from the Event History

There’s only days left until the Lotto Strzegom Horse Trials. Let’s remind the most interesting facts and records in 15 years history of the event.

  1. Successful debut – Strzegom Horse Trials was first introduced in 2003 together with World Cup series. It was won by Swedish rider Linda Algotsson on Stand By Me. Linda Algotsson was also the winner of the whole series.
  2. Double role – in the first edition of World Cup, Marcin Konarski performed in a double role of a rider and an Organizing Director. The unfortunate fall on one of the last fences on the cross-country followed by an injury has finished Marcin’s sports career.
  3. Over 500 tons of gravel was put on Morawa Hippodrome after massive rains pouring down over Strzegom during the event in 2005. The event was carried on till the end.
  4. 290000 CHF worth half a million PLN was in a bank to win at World Cup Final in 2009.
  5. Change of structure: in 2012 International Equestrian Federation changes the structure of the event. World Cup is transformed to Nations Cup.
  6. The record-breaking year 2016: 353 horses take part in competition and names of competitors from 25 countries can be found on the entries list.
  7. 3061 horses were cantering on hippodrome in Morawa in 81 competitions which have taken place over 15 years of this event.
  8. Women on the podium: women won World Cup twice, men seven times. In the individual classification this in 2:3 ratio for men.
  9. World Cup Record breakers: the country that has won the biggest number of World & Nations Cup competition is Germany (six times World Cup and three times Nations Cup).
  10. The Master: an absolute record breaker in terms of winning is German rider Michael Jung who won World Cup competition three times in a row (2009, 2010 & 2011). Michael Jung was also the best rider in individual classification of Nations Cup in 2014.
  11. La Biosthetique – Sam FBW ridden by Michael Jung is the only horse who won the Cup competition twice (World Cup Final 2009, Nations Cup individual classification in 2014).
  12. In a pouring rain: only once in SHT history the event wasn’t finished. In 2013 heavy rain forced Organizers to discontinue Nations Cup competition.
  13. Family affairs: for Swedish riders, Algotsson sisters Linda and Sara, competing in Strzegom brought win twice. Linda won the first edition of World Cup (2003), Sara won three stars competition CCI in 2013, and her husband Frank Ostholt from Germany was first in World Cup competition in 2007.

Strzegom Horse Trials is an international eventing competition – the biggest equestrian event in this part of Europe and the most prestigious in Poland. The competition will take place from 28th June till 1st July on Hippodrome in Morwa near Strzegom. Every year we can watch and admire top eventing riders – Olympic Champions, World and European Champions. During this amazing equestrian gala, there will be six international competitions including Nations Cup.

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Strzegom Horse Trials – FEI Eventing Nations Cup

Photo: LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

The third round of Nations Cup series in Eventing will take place in less than a month’s time on hippodrome in Morawa near Strzegom during LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. After events in Italian Vairano and British Houghton Hall, the Swedish team is in the lead.

Nations Cup series in Eventing will consist of eight events this year. It has begun in Italy in April. Strzegom will host the next, third in a row round. In the middle of October, during the event in Boekelo in Holland, we will find out who is the winner of the whole series.

After last weekend competition in Houghton Hall, Sweden is leading, and France is second equally placed with last year winner, Germany, both followed by USA team.

“The sports competition in Strzegom surely will be exciting and it will also be a test of the new Olympic format,” says Marcin Konarski, Event Director.

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Strzegom Horse Trials – Germany and Grand Games

Andreas Dibowski. Photo: Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Strzegom, 21.05.2017 – We started the day with horse inspection in all classes CCI1*/CCI2* and CCI3* and the CICO3* Nations Cup. Picking up on some comments from the riders and Head Coaches the XC had given the horses good footing and been quite fast to ride but with lots of technical questions given both horses and riders a proper test. In all classes, we had fewer than 10 horses being withdrawn or not accepted so most horses came out being fresh and in good shape. The trot up strip continued to prove itself a bit “scary” (windy) to the horses resulting in a few jumpy horses and some riders having to hold on properly to the reins. Our Chief Steward’s gorgeous chocolate colored Labrador Inka continued to make sure we were all behaving and performing our best.

After trot up it was all about show jumping. And all about Germany. Well, almost.

The German team came in as overnight leader in both the FEI Nations Cup team and Individual class and even though we had some really good rides today the German team proved unstoppable. Some horses came in strong in the jumping round but quite a few showed a bit of tiredness in the end of the course and the fences came falling down one by one.

The weekend’s winner was Kai Rüder who managed both 1st and 4th position in the CIC2* and as icing on the cake come in 1st in the individual CICO3*. Hats off, well done and what a super weekend for Kai and his team!

A winner that we admire even a bit more was German winner of the CIC1* Janet Wiesner who had a baby daughter only 7 weeks ago and still managed to beat the entire class and take a super win in the CIC1*. We are just so impressed that we still can’t really take it in!

Yet the Germans were not planning on settling with this; they also took home the entire FEI Nations Cup Team victory with a striking marginal of incredible 68 (!) points to Team GBR coming in 2nd and close to 70 to Sweden ending up 3rd.

Though we have to say it was really good fun to see so many new riders on the teams and we think it great to see the teams giving not only the top riders a shot at the Nations Cup but also the upcoming ones who need the experience test to grow.

So, a lot about Germany BUT also…

Karin Donckers – We at the press office adore Karin! She is such a pleasure to interview and never says no to us when we ask for her precious time. Karin had 4 horses in the 3* and we were cheering her on all the way as she had a super win in the CCI3*. We look forward to see a whole lot more of her in August.

Sanna Siltakorpi – What a super ride from Finland and a great win in the CCI2*. Sanna helped her Finnish team to qualify to the Europeans for the first time in 28 years! Well done Finland and we can’t wait to see your team here in August.

Miloslav Prihoda – Starting out on 5th from dressage Milolsav had a great ride in the XC with no additional penalties, all pushing him straight into the lead. A great win in the CCI1* and welcome back Strzegom!

The top positions for Strzegom Horse Trials 2017 ended up as follows:

CIC1* Janet Wiesner (GER)

CCI1* Miloslav Prihoda (CZE)

CIC2* Kai Rüder (GER)

CCI2* Sanna Siltakorpi (FIN)

CCI3* Karin Donckers (BEL)

CICO3* Individual Kai Rüder (GER)

CICO3*/Nations Cup Team Germany

A huge congratulations to you all and we hope to see you all back in August for the European Championships. Until then, enjoy the fantastic eventing season ahead and see you soon!

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Strzegom Horse Trials – Final Day of Cross Country

Karin Donckers. Photo: Katarzyna Boryna/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Strzegom, 20.05.2017 – If you ever had a busy day, we know exactly what you mean. It was full speed ahead as we had everything from horse inspections to show jumping to cross country planned ahead. That meant it would be horses and riders all over the place.

We woke up this morning to what probably was perfect weather for the horses entering the XC course. Cloudy with a bit of a breeze, yet no more than 14 degrees. A quick change of gear and almost everybody entering the horse inspection where set with boots, hoodies, gloves and winter jackets. Of course; nothing does the trick as the occasional horse blanket around your shoulders so all set for a full day of action.

Speaking of horse inspection, we got off to an early start with horse inspection for both the CIC1* and CIC2*. With only two horses withdrawn and one horse not accepted in both classes it seemed a good indicator that the horses were still in good condition. The breeze hitting the side of the trot up probably added an additional “freshness” to some horses, giving their riders a bit of struggle to hold on. Overall a good morning entering the show jumping for these two classes.

The CIC1* showjumping started almost just after the CIC2* trot up and honestly, it was just a lovely contest. Noora Cederberg/Tilda V – the overnight leader – had one tiny fence down the last line leaving her in 2nd position, closely followed by Julia Elzanowska/Lucky Comeback in 3rd. Julia rode a clear round both in the XC and show jumping but nothing could touch the winner of the day Janet Wiesner on her 16-year-old horse FST Golden Joy. Janet had a great start in the dressage and clear rounds in both XC and Showjumping made her the winner of the day. Janet is just back in the saddle after she gave birth to a marvelous little daughter only seven weeks ago. What an amazing star.

A big congratulation to the Wiesner family to both the new born daughter that of course was with her mother here in Strzegom and to a great win in CIC1*.

CIC2* was almost all about the German riders from start to finish. The only riders who had a chance to beat the Germans riders out of a victory in the showjumping was Jan Kaminski/Senior and Merel Blom/The Quizmaster. Unfortunately Jan got one fence down and Merel two fences, leaving the German team with a complete top three starring Rebecca-Juana Gerken/Scipio S in 3rd , Elmar Lesch/Lanzelot 113 in 2nd, and the unstoppable Kai Rüder in both 1st and 4th place. What a super day for the German team.

After the horse inspections and CIC1* and CIC2*, the XC for the CCI1* started at 9.am. Julia Gillmaier riding Quinton 14 was the overnight leader continue to have super day leaving her still in 1st position after XC. For most riders the XC seemed quite a test so lots of changes in the top ten. Both Sandra Auffarth and Therse Viklund (top 2nd and 3rd) had a bit of a rough day and the new top 2nd Miloslav Prihoda JR/Ferreolus Lat and 3rd Lina Forsberg/Caloj.

Coming in after the lunch break we opened up the FEI Nations Cup, the 1st leg being started here in Strzegom. Honestly, the only thing that was not a surprise was the German riders. Having a mix of new and less experienced horses and riders opened up the competition a great deal and we got same real ups and downs during the day. The course had some fences we knew would prove hard (the line after the second water complex for example) and then there were some other fences that caught both us and riders by surprise (the checkered yellow and black fences on the small hills for example). Quite a few riders had problems with runouts and the time – only one rider, Alexander Bragg, inside the time. Having one rider jumping the wrong fence at the end of the course gave the Netherlands a less fun day as they were up there competing about the top three positions. The XC truly proved itself as being technical and seemed to tear a bit mentally both on horses on riders. Germany is still in the lead with almost 30 points.

1. Germany 2. Sweden 3. Great Britain 4. Netherlands 5. Italy. 6. Poland

Having a look at the individual scores on the FEI Nations Cup, Kai Rüder continues to have a field trip here in Strzegom, being in 1st position followed by three other German riders. Without ruining the fun for show jumping; we dare to predict Germany is going to be very hard to beat.

Last but not least, the CCI3* where Karin Donckers had a great day with two horses in the top ten (1st and 8th). Also in this class, we could see a lot of changes in the top ten, where we had refusals and time penalties changing the scoreboard. The XC continued to be a mentally tough and really demanded of the riders to keep the rhythm, good lines and balance. The CCI3* leaves us with Karin Donckers/Fletcha van’t Verahof in 1st, Merel Blom/Rumor Has it N.O.P in 2nd, and Eveline Bodenmüller/Waldmann in 3rd.

Still in our winter jackets and hoodies, we have had a bit of a cold day but lots of heartwarming rides and lots of great sport as we completed this year’s XC. We have had the opportunity to get to know new team members in the FEI Nations Cup and now we will take a well-deserved break for the evening and get ready for the final day with showjumping.

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Strzegom – Time for FEI Nations Cup & Cross Country

Beeke. Photo: Leszek Wójcik/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Strzegom, 19.05.2017 – After two days of dressage we were eager to get the speed up here in Strzegom and this is what we all have been waiting for – it’s cross-country time!

Strzegom continues be sensational sunny, warm and to just make it perfect there has been a bit of a breeze all day that made us all hang on to our hats, scarves and caps. Thankfully, the exhibitors have gotten their trade stands opened so if needing a new hat, shirt, jacket or something for the horse, that is now all taken care of. We also had the great opportunity of inviting in children from the schools in the area, setting the ice cream and soft drink vendors in hyper mode sales. Until now the coffee vendors have been the most busy, quite likely do to the coffee consumption from the press office.

Before throwing ourselves into the cross country we still had a bit of dressage to round up – three classes remained.

Taking up where we left off, we started the morning in Arena B with CCI 1* where we had a Swede in the lead overnight. 20 riders went before the Ground Jury and now we have a new leader for the upcoming XC, Julia Gillmaier (POL) in 1st position after a strong dressage, being chased by Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Swedish Therese Viklund (our overnight leader) coming in 3rd. We can look forward to a very exciting XC.

In arena B CCI 2* dressage had 27 riders starting, a nice variety of seasoned riders on a bit younger horses to younger riders starting with more seasoned horses. Quite a mix! The arena B is a neat little arena that allows close access for spectators and it was nice to see some many coming along to cheer on their favorite rider. We ended the day at Arena B with a national favorite and very experienced rider Pawel Spisak in the lead, closely followed by another rider of great expertise Linda Algotsson in 2nd. Alice Naber-Lozeman came in 3rd and with only a few points separating the top 5 it’s really an open race as we head on for the XC.

In the Main Arena it was all about FEI Nations Cup 3* dressage. 6 teams had lined up for the FEI Nations Cup: Germany, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Italy. Strzegom is the 1st leg out of 9 where the best 7 scores will be counted as the final result.

Overall it ended up being a very close race between the teams. All six countries brought similar level of the teams leaving this class open for surprises and the certainly a few came along. The Arena A itself, being wide and open plus adding some distractions, spooked quite a few horses causing a few “blow outs”. Adding a bit of riders’ nerves might have added to the tension so all in all not as many top results as we expected. With that said, we still had some very nice rides; Germany rarely lets you down and it may not come as a surprise to have them in the lead. Coming in for the XC it’s:

1. Germany 2. Netherlands 3. Great Britain 4. Poland 5. Sweden 6. Italy

On the XC we had two classes starting; first to enter the XC course was the CIC1* and a bit later in the afternoon the CIC2*. Having this amazing weather meant both spectators and riders got superb conditions for the XC.

The courses gave the riders in both 1* and 2* a proper test. Marcin’s courses are known to be technical and the fences come at you quickly. Being a narrow course it’s a challenge to keep, especially the younger and less experienced horses, focused on the task and not having them distracted by all that is going on around them. In both classes, we could see that tension/loss of focus happening especially by the second water complex where the horses had to jump a log into the water followed by two corners directly after the water. That in itself can be tough question without adding the people, other fences, spectators and cameras just opposite the water complex. Some horses got a bit distracted already before jumping into the water resulting in lost balance, rhythm and line. Others ended up in trouble after the first jump into the water as the horses lost speed and didn’t quite get the momentum and balance back. Overall both courses ended up with some very good rides for those who managed to keep their horses in a steady rhythm, focused on the task and keeping a good line towards the fences.

Finishing off the CIC1* we still have the same top three in the lead as after the dressage: Noora Cederberg/Tilda V in 1st, Rebecca-Juana Gerken/Day of Glory 4 2nd, and Janet Wiesner/FST Golden Joy 3rd. The difference between 2nd place and 6th place is fewer than 4 penalties so it’s still very much a fight going into the showjumping.

In CIC2* Kai Rüder seems unstoppable; he has had a flying start so far remaining in the lead with Coin Toss and keeping second ride Charlie Weld in 4th. Merel Blom/The Quizmaster in 2nd and Rebecca-Juana Gerken in 3rd – well done by Rebecca to have two horses in top three in 1* and 2*!

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Second Day at Strzegom Horse Trials – Dressage & Horse Inspections

Therese Viklund. Photo: Katarzyna Boryna/Strzegom Horse Trials.

Strzegom, 18.05.2017 – It has been another blazingly beautiful day here in Strzegom. Sun and not a cloud in sight has kept the spirit high and truly we couldn’t ask for better conditions.

DRESSAGE, DRESSAGE and more DRESSAGE

Having 6 dressage classes means quite a few horses in front of our Ground Jury members, who have been busy from early morning and just finishing off. The main arena is a real treat for the eye with the big trees and the spacious court next to the VIP area, restaurant tents and exhibitors. It makes even such a big arena feel tight and gives a great atmosphere. The Arena B has a bit more of a “cozy” feel overall to it being half the size, yet both arenas presented themselves as a bit tricky as some horses were not too keen to get in focus. Some would most likely prefer to take on the XC straight off..

We already had the CIC2* dressage and we have to say that this class offered a few surprises. Firstly, we are impressed with having the same two riders who started off the earlier dressage test as first and second rider to still have them in the lead! A total of 58 riders yet no one managed to move around the top three. Coming into the main Arena which is quite big and being a bit too fresh spooked a few horses having some of riders leaving the arena a bit frustrated. Nevertheless, good sport all morning with the CIC2* yet no rider above the magical 70%. This leaves KAI RÜDER still in the 1st and 2nd place followed by Jan Kaminski in 3rd. We look forward to the XC course.

Our riders in the CIC1* also completed their dressage test. 48 riders took on the challenge in Arena B with mixed results. Some of the horses had trouble to focus on the task at hand and gave their riders a bit of a hard day. Top three of dressage ended up with a Noora Cederberg from Finland in 1st and again strong rides from Germany putting Rebecca Juana Gerken in 2nd and Janet Wisner in 3rd.

As we said more dressage, CCI3* had 33 competitors entering the contest after lunch finishing off just after 5.30pm. Nice to some very good rides raising the scores to a bit above 70% for the top three riders. Starting after lunch meant dressage at the main arena and it was nice to some spectators enjoying this beautiful day in the company of great dressage. Coming out on top from the CCI3* was Swedish Therese Wiklund, Karin Donckers from Germany in 2nd and Marina Köhncke in 3rd. It was exciting all the way to the end as final rider Merel Blom from the Netherlands gave the top three a bit of a scare coming in on 4th place just behind Marina. The riders in this class can now take a bit of a breather until they head off to the XC course.

The horse inspections of the day went well for all; the morning session with the first horse inspection for the CCI1* has all but one horse starting for dressage at 9.am. Just as well did the late trot up for the CCI2* go; all but one horse passed the trot up.

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