Ludwig Svennerstål (SWE) and Håkan Svennerstål’s 17-year-old King Bob jumped clear under pressure today to win the Strzegom CICO3* in Poland. According to our friends at Equiratings, Ludwig and King Bob’s finishing score of 40.5 annihilates their previous personal best by 12 points in the 25-year-old rider’s first international win at the level.
It’s got to feel pretty good, too, to beat Michael Jung and two of his potential Rio rides.
Strzegom was Sweden’s final Olympic selection trials and the team is expected to be named very soon. Ludwig is nominated on King Bob as well as Aspe, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare.
Michael Jung (GER) and reigning European Champion fischerTakinou, owned by the Jung family and Fischer, Klaus and Sabine, were also clear to finish second on a 40.6. Likewise Brigitte and Joachim Jung’s fischerRocana FST kept all the poles up for a fourth place finish overall.
Third went to Rosalind Canter and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B, whose final score of 46.2 contributed to Great Britain’s win in the FEI Nations Cup team competition. Rosalind, along with Izzy Taylor, Holly Woodhead and Laura Collett, added only four penalties to the final team score, giving them a commanding victory over second place Italy.
Great Britain is leading the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series after the first four events. Germany, who finished fourth as a team at Strzegom, is second in the series with France close behind them. (Click here to view the Nations Cup Series leaderboard.)
The next event in the Series is of course Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., the first Nations Cup Eventing competition to take place outside of Europe. We’re excited that Great Britain, the 2015 Series Champions, will be fielding a team Stateside.
Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli was the winner in the CCI3* at Strzegom with Roulette B; the 13-year-old mare is one of Stefano’s three Rio hopefuls. The pair moved up from third with only one time penalty to add in the final phase. Denmark’s Irene Mia Hastrup and Constantin M finished second, and William Nilsson Fryer of Sweden rounds out the top three with Quireboy.
Strzegom CIC3* Final Top 10:
FEI Nations Cup Top 3 at Strzegom: