It was a historic first win for the home nation in the third leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials, both in the team and individual classification. Second place went to the Netherlands, and third to Austria.
The Polish squad took the lead after their excellent cross-country, taking over from the Austrian team. The best performance in today’s jumping belonged to Joanna Pawlak aboard Fantastic Frieda, who went clear and in time. But the biggest winner of them all was Mateusz Kiempa with the 13-year-old Libertina. He was the author of the best XC yesterday and could afford to have the one fence down in the jumping today and still top the leaderboard. Małgorzata Korycka with Canvalencia and Jan Kamiński with Jard completed the home team.
“I’m really really happy, it was my dream for a few years now, especially at such a big show. The XC and jumping courses were demanding. I managed to implement my plans and it ended with a win and a gold medal” – said the rider about the international class, which was also the Polish National Championships for seniors. - “Libertina jumped amazing, she did her best for me, so the congratulations and applause should also go to her.”
„It’s an amazing feeling, we are all very happy because I think everyone has dreamt about it in the last seasons and it finally happened” – said Joanna Pawlak.
“Today’s course was demanding, which you can see in the results. I think we did a good job, each of us kept the single-digit result, so I think everyone rode to the best of their abilities today” – commented Małgorzata Korycka.
Second place went to the Dutch team, who kept their overnight position, and third, only 0,3 penalties behind them, to Austria. They were the best after dressage, but cross-country mistakes cost them their pole position and they did not manage to make up for them today. Six teams altogether competed in the Nations Cup.
In the individual classification, second place went to Janneke Boonzaaijer (NED) with ACSI Campbelle WS, whose clear round made her jump up from third, before Austria’s Dr. Harald Ambros with Lexicon 2, who had one down today.
There was a shuffle in the leaderboard after the jumping trial of the CCI4*-L, the most demanding one of the event. The cross-country leader Jonelle Price (NZL) with Faerie Magnifico had five poles down today and that cost her the win. The best result therefore belonged to Switzerland’s Robin Godel aboard Global DHI. He was 11th after the dressage, advanced into the second after a clear XC round and secured his win with a clear today. „Yesterday’s cross-country was a very good preparation for the world championships in Pratoni. I’m very happy with my horse, he did a fantastic job for our first 4*, so I couldn’t be happier. I have had him for 4 months, to win is something unbelievable. The horse is a machine. Today’s jumping course was not easy, very technical and interesting to ride.” – said the rider.
Tim Price (NZL) with Polystar I finished second, before Italy’s Emiliano Portale with Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano.
In the 3*-L the best result belonged to Sweden’s Louise Romeike, who was first win Caspian 15 and second with Commando 3. Third went to Germany’s Pia Münker with Cascada.
The podium of the 2*-L was dominated by female riders. The winner was Germany’s Liv Elin Gunzenhäuser riding Callisto R, before her compatriot Antonia Baumgart with Ris de Talm and Dutch athlete Merel Blom with Chaco 40.
The cross-country trials ended the rivalry in the 2*-S and 3*-S classes. In the two-star the best score belonged to Louise Romeike (SWE) with Extravagance, and second and third went to Germany’s Julia Krajewski with Chintonic 3 and Great Twist d’Ive Z, respectively. The 3*-S ended with the victory of Belgium’s Lara de Liedekerke-Meier with Freya des Concessions. Simone Vinther (DEN) was second with Stenvænge Polise and Thailand’s Weerapat Pitakanonda with Carnival March finished third.
Karolina Ślązak (POL) won the young riders’ 3*-S class. Second went to another Pole – Oliwia Rapa with Kselion, and third to Leonardo Maria Fraticelli from Italy with Belamie DHI.
In the junior 2* class the win went to Karolina Miś (POL) with Go Jack. Zuzanna Społowicz (POL) was second with Bankier, and Michał Odzioba (POL) – third riding El Sovski.
During four days of LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials the athletes competed in 10 international classes, with almost 350 horse-and-rider combinations representing 22 countries.
Nations Cup classification:
1. Poland - 139,6
2. the Netherlands 151,1
3. Austria – 151,4