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Kiwi team third in Aachen three-day-event

July 5, 2009

New Zealand eventers at the three-star CHIO Aachen 2009 in Germany at the weekend managed third place in the teams event, but failed to make an impression as individuals.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury put up the best placing, finishing seventh with 53.0 penalties.

The German team won the Nations Cup, the DHL Prize, with a total score of 140.40 points, ahead of Great Britain on 173.90 points, and New Zealand, which finished on a total score of 250.30 points.

The individual winner was Andreas Dibwoski with his 15-year-old Hanoverian mare, FRH Serve Well.

"You got carried along on a wave of enthusiasm here, it was a great feeling, Aachen offers real Championship conditions. I am delighted about the victory, we are having a great phase at the moment, our third child has just been born," said an elated "Dibo", who finished on a score of 45.1 to claim the €32,000 prize.

The 43-year-old runs his own eventing stables in Egestorf and already claimed team gold with Serve Well at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen 2006.

Second place went to Ingrid Klimke with a score of 46.70, who had a sensational ride in the cross-country with her Hanoverian gelding. "Braxxi is simply a top, reliable horse, he cantered that fast that I was even able to slow the pace down, where necessary," said Ingrid Klimke, who was very busy at the CHIO: She competed in the dressage tour with the stud stallion Damon Hill and in the eventing with FRH Butts Abraxxas.

The team gold medallist at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong and the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, also has her sights on the European Championships. She was the only rider to to jump clear in the time.

All three top rankings went to Germany, as Dirk Schrade secured third on King Artus with 48.60. "It was an incredible feeling riding into the stadium. This course was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had."

Britain's Mary King came fourth on Imperial Cavalier with 48.70, ahead of the 23-year-old Dutch rider Tim Lips on the KWPN mare, Van Schijndel's Owaola (49.30), who changed disciplines two years ago, after previously having only competed in show-jumping.

There was bad luck for Bettina Hoy, who was clearly in the lead after the dressage and jumping. Her 18-year-old grey gelding, Ringwood Cockatoo, refused at a narrow fence on the cross-country track and slid down to 17th place.

Of the other New Zealanders, Mark Todd and Gandalf were 21st on 96.5 penalties; Joe Meyer and Clifton Lush were 24th on 100.80; Caroline Powell and Apapa were 25th on 104.50; and Annabel Wigley withdrew Black Drum before the cross-country.



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