German Riders Prosper at Equestrian Festival Baborówko
A spectacular Sunday concluded the 2021 Equestrian Festival Baborówko, where 200 riders with 350 horses from 25 countries worldwide competed for a prize pool unparalleled in Polish eventing – over 90 000 EUR.
In the most important class of the show, the CCI4*-S with a prize pool of 70 000 EUR, it looked as though leader after dressage and cross-country Ingrid Klimke (GER) with SAP HALE BOB OLD had an excellent shot of taking the title. However, the rider had an unlucky fall, injuring her ribs in the CCI3*-S cross country, which made her unable to compete in the final jumping class. Holding second and third place following the dressage and cross country was Michael Jung (GER) with FISCHERCHIPMUNK FRH and FISCHERWILD WAVE, consecutively. With a clear path in sight, true to form Michael Jung finished with two clear rounds to take the first and second place. Third went to Sandra Auffarth (GER) with LET’S DANCE 73.
I am very pleased with both of my horses, especially with FISCHERCHIPMUNK FRH and FISCHERWILD WAVE, which are in a great shape. We had some demanding conditions, but that’s just eventing,”
said Michael Jung (GER)
It was a hard show, but shows like that are necessary, especially as we have to take advantage of every occasion to prepare for Tokyo. I’ve been to Baborówko two years ago. Now there are new great arenas. To achieve good results, we need good conditions and that’s what we have here.”
The CCI4*-S also determined the podium for this year’s Polish National Championships, for the third time in Baborówko. A great performance was given by Paweł Spisak with Banderas. The rider finished the class as the best Polish athlete, and secured his 9th gold medal of the National Championships. Mateusz Kiempa defended his silver with Libertina, and bronze went to the home rider of Baborówko Equestrian Association – Paweł Warszawski with Lucinda Ex Ani 4.
We are very glad that some of the best eventers decided to visit Baborówko. We’re happy that in these difficult times and after a year-long break we managed to safely carry out the event, taking advantage of the potential of our new and modernized infrastructure.”
Said Henryk Święcicki jr., the director of the show.
There was a change in the lead after the jumping for the CCI4*-L. Fouaad Mirza (IND) was in the first and second place with SEIGNEUR MEDICOTT and DAJARA 4. However, he had faults in the jumping and so the win went to Aminda Ingulfson (SWE) with HOT CUP VH following a clear round. Fouaad finished second and third.
In the CCI3*-S, the first three placings went to German riders. Michael Jung was victorious with KILCANDRA OCEAN POWER, second went to Hanna Knüppel riding GEKE EQUIGRIP’S LEVINIO, and third to Peter Thomsen with COOL CHARLY BLUE.
Lotte Palmgren (FIN) with GENIALE 11 took the lead after the jumping in the CCI2*-S for the trophy of Concordia Grupa Generali, and kept her position in today’s XC. Felix Etzel (GER) was second with PROMISING PETE TSF, and Esteban Benitez Valle (ESP) with ESCARA GP – third.
The CCI2*-YH for six-year-old horses ended with a win for Andreas Dibowski (GER) riding CRISTALLIK. Merel Blom (NED) with DENIM took second, and third went to Louise Romeike (SWE) with MADAME D’ ENGELBOURG Z.
The leaderboard of the CCI1*-Intro remained unchanged since Saturday – Jerome Robine (GER) kept his lead with COBY R, Merel Blom (NED) with THE BLACK SWAN was second, and Malin Petersen (SWE) went home with the third riding HULDA.
More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl
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