Britain’s Sarah Cohen celebrated her first Event Rider Masters win on an all-female podium at Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier.
Riding Treason, Cohen was the only British rider to make the trip to the Germany event for the second leg of the Event Rider Masters series and scooped the 19,000 Euro (£16,000) first prize.
Germany and Sweden dominated the first three places following the dressage with Ingrid Klimke (GER), Julia Krajewski (GER) and Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) filling the podium places. Ingrid Klimke riding SAP Escada FRH performed a stunning test securing a mark of 34.6 and a 1.6 penalty lead over her teammate Julia Krajewski riding Chipmunk FRH on 36.2. Sara Algotsson Ostholt riding Reality 39 was last into the arena and performed a beautiful dressage test to score 42.0 and take the third position. \
Klimke commented: “SAP Escada FRH did a wonderful job, I am delighted with her. Today Escada was very supple, through and content. She always arrives in the main arena and says “here I am”! Tomorrow will be a very different test, particularly on the cross country as you have to be really fast in the park to save every second you can.”
Klimke maintained her overnight dressage lead following the show jumpng phase. Running in reverse order of merit Ingrid was last to go riding SAP Escada FRH. Although the pair knocked down the first part of the double accumulating four jumping penalties, they started cross country phase in first place on a score of 38.6.
After an influential show jumping phase the overnight leader board noticeably shuffled going into the cross country. Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA) moved up into second from fourth after jumping clear on Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve. Having been third after dressage, Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) dropped to fourth after Reality 39 knocked a pole giving them four faults and a score of 45.0, whilst Julia Krajewski (GER) and Chipmunk FRH had an uncharacteristic three poles down dropping them from second place to fifth on 48.2 penalty points.
The drama unfolded right up until the very last cross country combination when dressage leader Ingrid Klimke left the home crowd in dismay as SAP Escada FRH glanced off the second last fence on the cross country, plummeting them down the leader board and handing the win to Cohen.
The British combination were always hot on the heels of the leaders across the two days and climbed from fifth to third after the show jumping. Posting the quickest cross country, with just 3.6 time penalties, as well as being one of only two double clears in the competition, Cohen finished on 46.8, securing the second British win in the 2017 series. It was a clear win for the British rider who finished 7.4 penalties clear of the field.
Germany’s Julia Krajewski made a remarkable recovery following a costly show jumping round to climb back up the leader board to secure second place with Chipmunk FRH finishing on 54.2. Sweden’s Sara Algotsson Osholt riding Reality 39 took third place on the podium completing on a score of 55.8.
Cohen now leads the series with 51 points, having been sixth at the opening leg at Chatsworth. She commented: “At the beginning of the year I wanted to give the series a go. We had a good time at Leg 1, so I decided to come to Wiesbaden. I wanted to be competitive but never thought I would win! I knew Treason was fit and he just wanted to gallop and jump today. I am over the moon with him.”