Big Names Prepare for Indoor Battle at Stuttgart

Laughing all the way to the WEG podium. Photo by Julia Rau.

Quite possibly the best photo ever taken of Michael Jung, snapped last year after his win at Stuttgart. Photo by Julia Rau.

Indoor season is in full swing! The Royal attracted North America’s top eventers to Toronto earlier this month, and now all eyes will be on the German Masters at Stuttgart, where Michael Jung will look to win the indoor derby for a record seventh time. And the whole event will stream live on ClipMyHorse.TV at 3:50 p.m. EST tomorrow!

Michael won this event last year with fischerRocana FST, who of course went on to win individual silver and team gold at this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy. He doesn’t yet have a horse listed in the entries, so the chinchillas are waiting on pins and needles to see who he brings.

A slew of other top riders, including reigning WEG individual gold medallist Sandra Auffarth, Ingrid Klimke, Mark Todd, Tim and Jonelle Price, Ludwig Svennerstal, Laura Collett and Ruy Fonseca are slated to compete in the field of 29 horses representing seven different countries. Click here to view the entry list.

Twitter has been buzzing with hilarious tweets for the last few days as the competitors gear up for the big night. Follow @RuyFonseca, @KiwiEventer and @CollettEventing for a glimpse into the insanity — proof that eventers have more fun!

The indoor derby at Stuttgart falls at an interesting time, as the FEI made several recommendations last week for restructuring indoor competitions following criticism of The Royal, where Selena O’Hanlon broke her collarbone in a near rotational fall from A First Romance, ultimately requiring surgery. Colleen Loach and Ian Roberts also had grizzly falls.

We wish safe trips to all the horses and riders and will be glued to ClipMyHorse.TV tomorrow afternoon. We’ll post the live stream link tomorrow for anyone who wants to follow along. Remember to tune in to ClipMyHorse.TV at 3:50 p.m. EST tomorrow to watch live!

Go Eventing.

German Masters Links: [Website] [Entry List] [Results] [Live Stream]

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