Riders have travelled from as far afield as Italy to capitalise on their first chance of qualifying for the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final at Strzegom, Poland, in August.
Simone Deitermann and Flambeau H ©Julia Rau/FEI
The in-form Michael Jung is in fourth place with La Biosthetique Sam FBW on 37,50 penalties. The combination won the Compiegne CCI** (FRA) and, last year, the Fontainebleau CIC***W and finished 4th at Deauville.
German Olympian Frank Ostholt is in 10th place on his 2006 Luhmuhlen winner and World team gold medallist Air Jordan. They were third at the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final in Deauville (FRA).
However, the Europeans may not have it all their own way; triple Olympic gold medallist Andrew Hoy (Australia), who is now based at Warendorf in Germany, rides Grand Joca, a horse he brought from Britain. Hoy is currently in 16th place with 49.10 penalties.
Linda Algotsson (Sweden) and the amazing Stand By Me are in 15th place after the dressage, on 46.30 penalties. Now 19, the home-bred Swedish Warmblood won the very first FEI World Cup Eventing Final, in 2003, as well as individual silver medals at both the 1999 and 2003 European Championships.