HOLLY TAKES CHARGE IN THE DRESSAGE

 

After the first day of dressage at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle Great Britain’s Holly Woodhead and DHI Lupison held the lead ahead of Germany’s reigning individual champion Michael Jung.

Showing age is now barrier, Holly, who is making her senior championship debut, held her nerve to score 31.7. She said: “I was a little bit nervous but we’ve had great preparation. I knew he could go well but I didn’t realise I was going to get that kind of score, especially as there are so many good horses and riders here.”

HOLLY WOODHEAD (GBR)
HOLLY WOODHEAD (GBR)

 

The winner of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and reigning individual European champion, produced a composed test with FischerTakinou – the youngest horse in the competition – to score 33.7 penalties. He said afterwards: “This horse is relaxed, it makes the work much easier. He concentrates well and I’m very happy with the dressage test.”

MICHAEL JUNG (GER)
MICHAEL JUNG (GER)

Great Britain’s second team rider Nicola Wilson, riding One Two Many, produced a polished test to score

NICOLA WILSON (GBR)
NICOLA WILSON (GBR)

34.6 putting her into third place and the team into a strong position. She says: “It’s been an exciting day in the dressage and there have been a lot of personal bests in the arena but there is still an awful long way to go.”

In the team standings, Great Britain hold Gold medal position ahead of France with Germany in third. These three teams are well ahead of Sweden, Ireland and Italy who are placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. However, there are a number of strong riders still do their dressage tests. Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt will represent British team tomorrow, whilst Sandra Auffarth and Ingrid Klimke are yet to go for Germany. France’s remaining team riders are Thomas Carlile and Nicolas Touzaint.

The event has sold more than 30,000 tickets attracting an international crowd. After the first day, Director of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships Blair Castle, Alex Lochore said: “As everybody can see it is the most magnificently beautiful place. Our sport is rich because we can come to places like this to ply our trade. We’ve sold tickets in 26 countries and we have sole way in advance of the total gates we would expect in a normal year so we are in a really good place.”

Day two of the dressage phase will start tomorrow at 10.20am

Sarah Carless

Photography courtesy of Dave Cameron (Gallery below)

Top 10 Standings, End of Thursday (Day 1 of 2, Dressage)

1; Holly Woodhead, DHI Lupison (GBR), 31.7

2; Michael Jung, FischerTakinou (GER)

3; Nicola Wilson, One Two Many (GBR)

4;, Thibault Vallette, Qing du Briot (FRA), 36.8

5; Kitty King, Persimmon (GBR), 36.9

6; Laura Collett, Grand Manoeuvre (GBR), 37.8

7; Sarah Bullimore, Lilly Corinne (GBR), 38.2

8; Karim Florent Laghouag, Entebbe de Hus (FRA), 38.7

9; Anna Nilsson, Luron (SWE), 39.7

10; Patrizia Attinger, Raumalpha (SUI), 42.2

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