Germany’s Ingrid Klimke had the perfect pre-European run at Aachen’s Nation Cup event by claiming first and second on FRH Escada JS and Horseware Hale Bob respectively.
“The event couldn’t have gone any better. Both my horses were very motivated and found it easy to gallop in the time cross country and really looked where they were going. I’ve never been to Scotland but I know it can be tough, especially when it rains, so Aachen has been a fun build up to the championships,” said Ingrid.
The German selectors have yet to announce who will represent them at the European championships next month.
“The Germans feel very confident going into Blair and we have a super team onboard as well as behind the scenes. Hopefully my horses will stay fit and healthy but there is four weeks until the Europeans. I’ve never been to Scotland but I know it can be tough, especially when it rains, so Aachen has been a fun build up to the championships,” Ingrid said.
It was a morale boosting event for the German team with Sandra Auffarth finishing third on Opgun Louvo.
“I’m very happy as it is only my horse’s second competition this year. I would like to be on the team as we have a great team. I hope our performance is enough to get us the. I rode in Scotland as a young rider but I fell at fence seven. My horse is so experienced now I’m confident he will be good enough to go to Blair,” said Sandra.
Germany won the team event with New Zealand second and the United States in third.
It was a bad day for team GB with both Flora Harris and Holly Woodhead being eliminated on their Blair-bound mounts meaning the team did not have enough scores to count for a placing. Francis Whittington also on his European partner, Easy Target, finished 16th while Gemma Tattersall rode Quicklook V into 14th individually.
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