German eventers lead going into Aachen cross-country

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo.
Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo.

Germany’s Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo lead the eventing competition for the DHL Prize at CHIO Aachen after the dressage and jumping phases.

The field of 42 completed their dressage tests on Friday morning, with the jumping in the main stadium in the afternoon.

Auffarth, 26, who won bronze at the Olympic Games in London, is sitting on 31.80 going into Saturday’s cross-country phase.

Fellow German rider Ingrid Klimke, who lay in fourth place after the dressage,  managed to move up two places in the rankings after jumping clear with Tabasco and is now second with 34.80.

Australia’s Christopher Burton is third with Holstein Park Leilani (35.60). Michael Jung also had a clear round and improved his ranking by two places and is currently fourth with Sam on 34.60.

Australian rider Andrew Hoy lost his second place after the dressage when Cheeky Calimo dropped a jumping rail, to be in fifth place with 32.60 going into the final phase.

In the team competition, Germany heads the field with a score of 113.40. Great Britain, which ranked fourth after the dressage, have since moved up into second place (132.60), followed by Australia in third place (133.20), and New Zealand in fourth with 137.80.

New Zealand’s Badminton winner Jonathan Paget and Clifton Lush are the best-placed Kiwis in 13th place on 43.8, with Luhmuhlen victor Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo in 17th on 44.2.

Clarke Johnstone and Incognito is in 24th on 49.8 with the other team rider Jonelle Richards aboard The Deputy in 40th with 70.6.

Individual Megan Heath and St Daniel are sitting just ahead of her in 38 spot with 64.4.

The grand final of the DHL Prize, the cross-country competition, starts tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10 am.


Results (after the dressage and showjumping):
Sandra Auffarth (GER) Opgun Louvo 31.8 penalty points 1,
Ingrid Klimke (GER) Tabasco TSF 34.8 2,
Christopher Burton (AUS) Holstein Park Leilani 35.6 3,
Michael Jung (GER) La Biosthetique-Sam FBW 36.4 4,
Andrew Hoy (AUS) Cheeky Calimbo 36.6 5.

Team standings (after dressage and jumping):
Germany 113,4 1,
Great Britain 132.6 2,
Australia 133.2 3,
New Zealand 137.8 4,
Sweden 139.8 5,
United States 141.4 6,
Ireland 156.6 7.

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