First dressage tests have been held today at the Morawa hippodrome during the eventing competition, also called the equestrian triathlon. In the most demanding competition of the event- the CI long 3*, Swedish rider Sara Algotsson Ostholt is the leader aboard Wega.
“Wega was fantastic! She was amazing to ride, she loves to show off in the dressage arena, and she did so today” – said the Swedish rider
The Ostholt family has dominated the competition. Sara’s husband- Frank Ostholt and her brother-in-law Andreas, both representing Germany, have also competed in the CI-long 3*, finishing today’s test on the fourth and sixth position accordingly.
Karin Donckers (BEL) is in the second place so far aboard Belgian-bred gelding Fletcha van’t Verahof. A true Strzegom veteran, regularly competing at the Morawa hippodrome for many years, has commented upon her test:
“I had a good feeling about our test with Fletcha. I’m happy with how it went, I’m really pleased with my horse. It’s been a very good year for him.”
Christoph Wahler (GER) is currently third in the competition after a good round of 27,10 penalty points.
Competing in the CI-long 3* gives an opportunity to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in September in Tryon in the United States. The only Polish rider participating in the competition is Artur Społowicz, with Poker, currently on the 12th position after dressage.
In the CI-long 2*, German rider Kai Ruder has taken the lead with Chicago M. Sara Algotsson Ostholt is currently second and third with Arpertina and Cesar accordingly. A good round for Polish rider Wiktoria Knap, whose dressage test has gained her the 5th position.
Polish rider Paweł Warszawski with Hummer has gained the best score in the CI-long 1*class.
More dressage tests for the remaining competitions will be held on Friday, including the Nations Cup, and on Saturday and Sunday we will have an opportunity to see the competitors perform at the demanding cross-country course and jumping trials.
Online results http://results.strzegomhorsetrials.pl