At the half way point of the second day of dressage, Germany’s Sandra Auffarth has taken the lead with Opgun Louvo.
Her score of 31.4 put’s her 0.3 penalties ahead of Great Britain’s Holly Woodhead, and moves the German team into Gold medal position ahead of Great Britain.
After her test, Sandra said: “I’m very pleased with my horse. He was perfect, I could really enjoy the dressage test. He had lots of expression and he was nice to ride.”
The third rider to go for the British team was Pippa Funnell, who admitted that the occasion had gotten to her mount, Sandman 7. She said: “It’s all new experience for him. A lot of the work was very pleasing. I have to be pleased with him because it’s the first time he’s seen a grandstand like this and that’s really exciting. I won’t deny he felt a little bit nervous at times and we did have the odd mistake because of that. But there was a lot to like. Because of his age and experience there is still a lot to come from him.”
Pippa purchased Sandman 7 after she was sent a video by a former employee of the Billy Stud who backed the horse in Germany. The horse is jointly owned by Pippa, her mother Jennifer Nolan and Ruth McMullen.
This afternoon sees the final rotation of team riders. Germany will be represented by Indgrid Klmike, winner of the FEI Classics, on Horseware Hale Bob, whilst the anchorman for Great Britain will be William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. France remain third in the team standings with Nicolas Touzaint, who won the individual European championship title in 2003 and 2007, still to ride on Radijague.
British individuals still to compete include Francis Whittington with Easy Target and Wills Oakden with Greystone Midnight Melody.
Top 10 standings so far
1; Sandra Auffarth, Opgun Louvo (GBR), 31.4
2; Holly Woodhead, DHI Lupison (GBR), 31.7
3; Michael Jung, FischerTakinou (GER) 33.5
4; Nicola Wilson, One Two Many (GBR)34.6
5; Thibault Vallette, Qing du Briot (FRA), 36.8
6; Kitty King, Persimmon (GBR), 36.9
7; Laura Collett, Grand Manoeuvre (GBR), 37.8
8; Sarah Bullimore, Lilly Corinne (GBR), 38.2
9; Oliver Townend, Fenyas Elegance (GBR), 38.7
10; Karim Florent Laghouag, Entebbe de Hus (FRA), 38.7