Germany’s Michael Jung moved into second place behind Great Britain’s Holly Woodhead in the first session of the first days dressage.
The winner of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and reigning individual European champion, produced a composed test with FischerTakinou to score 33.7 penalties. Michael said following the test: “FischerTakinou did a very good dressage test. She had very good concentration and was very relaxed. Everything went well.”
Great Britain’s second team rider Nicola Wilson, riding One Two Many, produced a polished test to score 34.6 putting her into third place and the team into a strong position. The currently lead France in the team standings by four penalties.
She commented of her test: “I was trying to prepare ahead and feel how he was going. I was thinking yes that ticked that box or that felt good whilst always thinking forward. When we did the final halt at the end I thought thank goodness. He was such a good boy and I am so proud of him. The camaraderie of having 12 riders here is really exciting. To have had some amazing dressage tests this morning is very exciting for Britain. Hopefully tomorrow will be the same and bring on the weekend.”
Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy only took up the sport of eventing three years ago, and he is making his first team appearance with Simon Porloe, a horse he only started competing last year. They competed at their first Novice at Bicton Arena in April and completed Blair Castle International CIC*** in August.The pairing also came fourth in the CIC*** at Belton International earlier this year.
Padraig said: “I’m delighted. It’s very new to me and it’s been a steep learning curve. This is all a bit of a dream. It’s not like I have waited all my life, it’s just happened and I’m enjoying every minute and I’m delighted the owners gave me the chance to ride the horse.”
Watching her fiancee was Lucy Wiegersma, who rode the horse as part of the British team in Malmo two years ago. She said: “I’m really proud of both of them. They are forming their own partnership and they have to find their own way together and I don’t want to interfere too much. But equally I do know the horse very well. It’s good ground and and it’s a bit hilly which wouldn’t be his ideal thing but the ground is good and the course suits him and I hope they will make the most of it.”
Top 10 Standings at Lunch, Day 1
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; AnReigning champion Jung sweeps into second