Riders from Germany and Japan sit atop the leaderboards at Luhmühlen after the first day of dressage.
Michael Jung holds the lead in the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy after a strong dressage test with his 11-year-old mare Creevagh Cooley. The pair scored 25.6 to put them ahead of fellow German rider Felix Etzel and Bandit (27.60). Jung also holds third place with Highlighter (28.30).
Jung showed his appreciation for his horse after his dressage test, which was fresh and with a lot of expression earlier this morning.
He commented: “I have only been riding this mare a few weeks now and I am more than happy with her performance today. She was extremely easy to ride and I believe to have a really special horse with a bright future.”
Hans Melzer, Germany’s Team Trainer, noted the high standard in this year’s dressage phase: “The atmosphere is quite electric in the arena but all German horses presented themselves very well this morning.”
Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto dominated the dressage of the Longines CCI5*-L with Brookpark Vikenti (25.20).
The leading Japanese rider was over the moon after his performance this afternoon. “I can’t believe we took the lead today. This morning my horse was slightly tense, so I tried to make her feel as relaxed possible. The horse is naturally a very good mover, so my plan worked out!”
World number one Tim Price, of New Zealand is in second with Ascona M (25.8) and Great British rider Alexander Bragg with Zagreb in third (29.70).
Price was equally happy with his mare Ascona M commenting: “I am very glad my horse was performing the way she did today. I didn’t want to risk too much and she could have been a little more uphill. But she was concentrating on the job so I am very pleased.”