The first dressage tests of Poland’s Strzegom Horse Trials took place today, in 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.
Strzegom is hosting 44 starters from 11 nations.
Germany’s Dirk Schrade is in the first two places in the CIC1*. He is first on Cosima 201 with 49.70 penalties, and second with Cisko A on 50.60. Polish rider Joanna Zuk is third on Rabacja with 53.70.
The highest places in CIC2* dressage competitions are taken by German rider Andreas Dibowski with Songline 2 (1st, 41.0), Swede Hannes Melin riding Julio Cesar (2nd, 43.30) and in third is Germany’s Frank Ostholt with Sir Medicott (43.70).
Swiss riders hold the top two spots in the CC1*, with Esthery Andes and Schwalbenprinz leading on 42.90, ahead of Felix Vogg and Saxo des Champs on 45.00. Finnish rider Ann-Niina Kiviniitty is third on Zinnia with 49.60.
The World Cup Eventing series is in its 10th year, and six nations will also be taking the opportunity to secure points for the Nations Cup series.
Germany, top of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing leaderboard since the first leg of this exciting trial series in Fontainebleau (FRA), has nominated a strong team in a bid to build on its current five-point lead over France, which has not sent a team to Strzegom.
“Our riders and horses are on fire,” said Hans Meltzer, Chef d’Equipe for the German team. “Marcin Konarski’s Cross Country course is always a challenge, but we are definitely ready for it. With Frank Ostholt and Little Paint looking to impress the Olympic selectors this weekend, as well as the team event, Strzegom has an added dimension this year, making the competition all the more exciting.”
Chris Bartle, National Coach to the German Eventing Team, added: “The FEI Nations Cup Eventing has started extremely well and we are happy to have gained an early lead. There was a tremendous atmosphere at the second leg at Houghton Hall last weekend and we fully intend to give it our best shot in Strzegom.”
Spain, currently lying joint-third with Great Britain in the Nations Cup, has a full team of four in Strzegom and will be bidding to seize the opportunity of toppling France from its second place spot.
The Netherlands and Australia are tied in equal fifth, but as the Australians have not made the trip to Poland, the Dutch will be hoping for a move up the leaderboard. Poland, Switzerland and Sweden will also join the tussle for points in Strzegom this weekend.
“We are happy to see such a strong multi-national line-up for the 10th FEI World Cup Eventing 2012 series opener in Strzegom,” said Catrin Norinder, FEI Director of Eventing & Olympic.
“We are also extremely grateful to Marcin Konarski and his team who are now hosting the opening leg of this year’s series after the unfortunate cancellation of the Chatsworth International Horse Trials in the UK due to waterlogged ground.
“Strzegom will also see a fiercely-fought third leg of our brand new FEI Nations Cup Eventing series, which is proving to be a success with riders, organisers and Eventing fans who are looking forward to seeing the competition unfold this weekend.”
FEI World Cup Eventing 2012 calendar
1 Strzegom (POL) 1 – 3 June 2012
2 Minsk (BLR) 13 – 17 June 2012
3 Malmö (SWE) 10 – 12 August 2012
4 Le Pin au Haras (FRA) 22 – 26 August 2012
FEI Nations Cup Eventing 2012 calendar
1 Fontainebleau (FRA) 22-25 March 2012
2 Houghton Hall (GBR) 24-27 May 2012
3 Strzegom (POL) 1-3 June 2012
4 Aachen (GER) 3-8 July 2012
5 Montelibretti (ITA) 21-23 September 2012
6 Boekelo (NED) 11-14 October 2012
FEI Nations Cup Eventing Leaderboard (after 2 out of 6 Events)
1 Germany 19 points
2 France 14
3 = Spain 11
3 = Great Britain 11
5 = Netherlands 9
5 = Australia 9
7 New Zealand 7
8 Brazil 5