German Rider Julia Krajewski stormed into the lead of the Meßmer Trophy but Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto could not be caught on the second day of dressage at the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials.
The second day of dressage in the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy showed sport at the highest level in front of the many spectators.
Julia Krajewski and Ingrid Klimke were able to secure fantastic starting positions for tomorrow’s cross-country day with their performances.
However it was Krajewski and Samourai du Thot who took the lead with a score of 24.7.
Afterwards Krajewski said; “Sam was very relaxed during the last few days, but today he was a bit of a handful. Maybe I should have ridden him a second time yesterday, in order to be able to ride out the highlights even more in the test today. Nevertheless, I’m very satisfied with the result and think it’s good that the judges stayed true to their line throughout the entire competition.”
Reigning European champion Klimke slotted into second with with SAP Asha P (24.8) and yesterday’s leader Michael Jung with Creevagh Cooley (25.6) in third.
Klimke commented: “It’s great how strong the mare’s nerves were in this atmospheric dressage arena. She was really eager and highly motivated, while being relaxed at the same time. I was positively surprised, how well Asha managed to cope with the great Luhmühlen atmosphere.”
In the Longines CCI5*-L nobody could came close to overnight leader Kazuma Tomoto on Brookpark Vikenti during the second day of dressage.
Tomoto maintained his lead ahead of tomorrow’s cross-country day with his leading score of 25.2.
New Zealand’s Tim Price and Ascona M (25.8) also remained in their position from yesterday.
But America rider Frances Thierot Stutes moved into third with a great result of 28.8 points after today’s dressage.
Thieriot Stutes was elated after her test with Chatwin as it’s their first attempt at five-star level. She commented; “I am so happy about our fabulous dressage score. Chatwin is a German horse and has competed here as a five-year-old. It’s brilliant to know that he’s back competing here as an experienced horse. He is so special and I am very fortunate to ride such a lovely athlete.”