European Championships set for a grandstand finish

After the gruelling conditions on the cross country, 44 horses were presented to the ground jury for the final horse inspection at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle 2015.

There was one withdrawal before the final horse inspection – Great Britain’s individual rider Wills Oakden and Greystone Midnight Melody. Two horses were sent to the holding box by the ground jury of Sandor Fulop, Sue Baxter and Andrew Bennie, but both were withdrawn from the competition before being reinspected – Mirla CP 27 58 ridden by Spain’s Carlos Hermossa Farras and Nabludatel ridden by Russia’s Boris Vasilev.

A total of 42 riders will go forward to the final show jumping phase. The first rider will be Russia’s Elnira Nabieva with Chabanak. The top 20 riders will jump this afternoon, and medals will be presented by Her Majesty The Queen.

Germany’s Michael Jung has a 9.1 penalty advantage over compatriot Sandra Auffarth in the individual standings – the equivalent of two fences in hand. However, the riders from second to sixth are covered by four penalties so there is no room for error – any pole dropped could prove extremely costly making for an exciting after noon of show jumping.

There are five British riders in the top 10, led by Izzy Taylor – riding KBIS Briarlands Matilda – in Bronze medal position. The other riders are Kitty King (5th), Gemma Tattersall (7th), Laura Collett (9th) and Pippa Funnell (10th).


Top Ten Individuals after Cross Country 

1; Michael Jung, FischerTakinou (GER), 33.5

2; Sandra Auffarth, Opgun Louvo (GER), 42.6

3; Izzy Taylor, KBIS Briarlands Matilda (GBR), 44.0

4; Thibault Vallette, Qing du Briot (FRA), 45.2

5; Kitty King, Persimmon (GBR), 45.3

6; Ingrid Klimke, Horseware Hale Bob (GER), 46.6

7; Gemma Tattersall, Arctic Soul (GBR), 47.3

8; Dirk Schrade, Hop and Skip (GER), 48.3

9; Laura Collett, Grand Manoeuvre (GBR), 48.6

10; Pippa Funnell, Sandman 7 (GBR), 50.6

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