European eventing champion Ingrid Klimke led from start to finish to claim victory on home soil in the second leg of the Event Rider Masters series.
At an event which produced both the highest completion cross country clear jumping rates – 22 of the 25 entries completed – Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD held their nerve to finish on top of the podium at Wiesbaden.
Klimke came into the competition as one of the favourite to win, and set out with intent scoring 22.2 in the dressage. This put her just ahead of the series inaugural champion Oliver Townend riding Cillnabraddon Evo who scored 22.8.
With both riders going clear in the show jumping phase, the pressure was on for the cross country. Townend picked up 2.4 time faults – in a phase where just two riders made the optimum time; New Zealand’s Tim Price with Cekatinka (to finish 5th) and Sweden’s Ludwig Svernerstal and El Kazir SP (who finished 7th, rising 13 places up the leaderboard) putting the pressure on the German rider.
As the final combination to head out on the twisting course, Klimke and her long-time partner looked determined to ride fast and clear, which is exactly what she did to claim victory, picking up just 1.6 time penalties to take the win on a score of 23.8.
Afterwards Klimke commented: “Bobby did such a wonderful job today. It was the best feeling to ride through the Schloss Park with so many people cheering us on.”
After two legs, Britain’s Piggy French, who won the series opener at Chatsworth, and Klimke share the lead at the top of the standings, with Sarah Ennis and Oliver Townend in equal second.
The next leg of the Event Rider Masters will be held at Arville, France, on 23 and 24 June.
Photographs courtesy of Benjamin Clark and Event Rider Masters