Germany’s Sandra Auffarth has the early lead in the CICO 3-star World Cup class at Poland’s Strzegom Horse Trials, putting up a dressage score of 36.70 penalties on Opgun Louvo.
The event, in Morawa, near Strzegom, is the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing series and the first of the World Cup Eventing series. The first World Cup leg was to be Chatsworth in Britain, but that event was cancelled following wet weather.
Swiss rider Felix Vogg is in second with Maverick McNamara (38.10 ), and Japan’s Kenki Sato and Chippieh are in third with 38.60.
Opgun Louvo is not on the German team with Auffarth, but her team ride, Parancs, is in 13th place. The other three team members are in the top 10 – with Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon sixth, Frank Ostholt and Little Paint eighth, and Elmar Lesch in ninth with Lanzelot 113 going into the cross-country.
It is a good result for Germany, as they are also seeking to stay on top of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing leaderboard. It has a five-point lead over France, which does not have a team in Strzegom.
The best of the six Polish riders in the class was Pawel Spisak in 14th on Wag with 52.80 penalties.
Judges for the World Cup class were Britain’s Jane Starkey and Tomasz Mossakowski, of Poland.
• Andreas Dibowski won the CIC2* competition on the trakehner stallion Songline 2, their score of 48.40 penalties good enough to secure victory from Poland’s Kamil Rajnert on the Irish sport horse Lassban Radovix with 51.10 penalties.
Swiss rider Eveline Bodenmüller was fourth on Unita MB CH with 53 penalties.
• Germany’s Dirk Schrade maintained his dressage one-two throughout the rest of the CIC1*, winning with Cosima 201 (53.70) and taking second with Cisko A (54.60).
Third place went to another German rider, Alfred Bierlein, who finished with 56.60 penalties on Indurain 13.
Poland’s Kamil Rajnert rode Jak Chef to fourth, finishing on 57.90 penalties.
Strzegom is hosting 44 starters from 11 nations.