After an exciting finish of today’s dressage, we have Tim Lips (NED) and Bayro with just 24.10 penalties in first, Jesse Campbell (NZL) with Cleveland (24.60) in second, followed by Shane Rose (AUS) on CP Qualified (25.50) in third place.
Tim Lips had plenty to smile about: “Bayro was super today! Even after losing my stirrup in the first canter and feeling a little silly not being able to get it back, the gelding seemed to go from strength to strength. My trainer came over from Holland specifically, which gave us a huge boost. I really could not be happier today.” Tim continued by saying how he is looking forward to tomorrow’s cross-country: “I have been riding Bayro in Luhmühlen for the past three years and he gave me a good round every time. So I am fairly confident we are going to have fun tomorrow. The course is definitely tougher than last year, but all questions are very clear. Every course I have ridden which was built by Mike Etherington- Smith rode particularly well, so I’m sure it’s not going to be any different this time.“
Jesse Campbell agreed: “You’ve got everything in there. The course is challenging but fair. The questions are very clear and with concentration and accurate riding, we should be able to produce a good round tomorrow.” Jesse was particularly pleased with his horse in the dressage today, as he can be a bit of a handful. They changed his routine only this week, which was a risk but luckily it worked out all right! Shane Rose, who only arrived from Australia a couple of days ago, is over the moon: “Although we only had two days to prepare for this four-star, my gelding performed really well this afternoon. Apart from the first flying change – which I messed up – the test was almost flawless. I could not have asked for more! Now I am excited to go round the cross-country tomorrow, as I believe the course really suits my horse. The footing is perfect and although the course is much tougher than it has been previously, I think it’s going to be great if the gelding is as fit as I think he is. The course requires accuracy, which will also influence how close you get to the optimum time.”
Tomorrow’s x-country is going to kick off at 9am with the four-star, followed by the three-star competition at 1.45pm.