Ingrid Klimke Storms Ahead following the Dressage at Leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters
#ERMeventing LEG 2 – DAY 1 DRESSAGE – THE 2017 EVENT RIDER MASTERS
A trio of German and Swedish female Event riders hold the top three places following a scintillating morning of dressage at Leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters Series at Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier, Germany.
Ingrid Klimke riding SAP Escada FRH performed a stunning test in front of the iconic Biebrich Palace, securing a mark of 34.6. Ingrid holds a 1.6 point lead overnight from her German teammate Julia Krajewski riding Chipmunk FRH on 36.2, with the combination also delivering an impressive test. Last to go was Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) riding Reality 39 who also produced a beautiful dressage, to score 42.0 and take the third position.
Five times Olympian and SAP Sports Ambassador Ingrid Klimke commented:
“SAP Escada FRH did a wonderful job, I am delighted with her. Today she was very supple, through and content and she always arrives in the main arena saying “here I am”! Tomorrow will be a very different test, particularly on the cross country as you have to be really fast in the park to save every second you can. I will definitely be trying to finish on my dressage score, to land my first ERM victory”.
Julia Krajewski, who was part of the silver medal winning German Olympic team at Rio 2016, added;
“Naturally you want to do well for your horse, owners and yourself as well as hopefully winning some of the attractive prize money available this weekend. So, I was actually a bit nervous before the dressage, but I am very happy with Chipmunk, he felt very good today. I feel tomorrow will be a tough question particularly on the cross country but I am hoping to maintain or even improve my current position”.
London 2012 Silver Olympic medalist Sara Algotsson Ostholt said:
“To ride here in front of the ‘pink palace’ at Wiesbaden and in the Event Rider Masters is amazing. The location combined with the music I chose to ride to, made me very relaxed and I had a very good feeling. Maybe I was a bit too relaxed as the two German girls are ahead of me! However, tomorrow is another day, the reverse order of showjumping and cross country will be interesting and I feel the placings could look different across the whole competition after the jumping phases”.
Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli riding Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve are in fourth on 42.6 and Sarah Cohen (GBR) on board Treason lie in fifth with 43.2. William Levett (AUS) and Shannondale Titan sit in sixth on 44.5 . For full dressage leaderboard visit: eventridermasters.tv/live-scores
There are just ten marks separating the top six riders, and with the showjumping likely to be a demanding test as well as the challenging Wiesbaden cross country course, there will be everything to play for in the 60,000 Euro ERM Eventing competition on Saturday.
The showjumping phase and cross country takes place on Saturday 3 June and can be viewed live at Eventridermasters.tv. Showjumping from 11am (CET) and cross country from 2.45pm (CET).