Julia Krajewski and Samurai du Thot not only win the three-star competition but also the national championship! They held onto their dressage score of 19.90 throughout the week. In second is Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD (25.90) followed by Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with The Duke Of Cavan (26.90) in third. Second and third in the German Championship are Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Bettina Hoy (GER).
Julia Krajewski (GER) is over the moon to have won again, this time not only the class but also, for the first time, the national title. “The pressure was definitely on when we came into the final phase today. Although Sam is a very good show jumper, who rarely makes a mistake, I did feel a little nervous. Having one fence in hand helped me stay calm and focused though.” As Julia only just got back from competing her second horse at Bramham, England, she had to leave Sam in the capable hands of her team, who prepared him just right: “Because I have been away, I really did not expect this. I feel immensely proud!”
Ingrid Klimke (GER), who had one fence down in the final show jumping, feels this might be a good omen for the rest of the season, as last year’s only mistake was here too and she won the European title later in Strzegom. “Bobby was fit and fresh today. He jumped his heart out and a pole down can happen anytime. In the end, a clear round would not have made a difference for the end result.”
For Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) and The Duke Of Cavan this third place felt particularly special: “To be up here in such a strong class feels absolutely amazing! My horse is usually very strong and can get a little hot in dressage. But this week he seemed proud to be performing in the stadium. Because he gets so strong in cross-country I made some minor changes, which
￼￼￼￼￼￼seemed to have done the trick. He was listening, which helped with this technical course. In the show jumping again, he can get very strong but he did not seem to mind the atmosphere and jumped even better than he normally does.”
Bettina Hoy (GER), last year’s National Champion, is ecstatic to be up on the podium again: “This was my first outing with Designer this year, because I have been so busy with the Dutch team. Therefore I am even happier to have won a medal again. Designer is a very experienced horse at this level now, so I trusted him to do well. To come fourth in the CIC*** behind one of my former pupils makes me particularly proud!”
Hans Melzer, Germany’s chef d’equipe, announced the long-list for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon (USA): Andreas Dibowski, Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Julia Krajewski and Kai Rüder are the top five.
Reserve riders are Sandra Auffarth, Jörg Kurbel, Josefa Sommer, Felix Etzel, Andreas Ostholt and Claas Herrmann Romeike.
All riders will be competing at CHIO in Aachen, Germany or in Strzegom, Poland later in the year as a final test before a decision is made who is going to represent Germany in Tryon.