Team Germany sent out the big guns to anchor its team for third leg of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series at Poland’s LOTTO Strzegom H.T., and so far the firepower is paying off. Two German team riders, Michael Jung and Andreas Dibowski, are in the top three of the class at the conclusion of CCIO4*-S dressage, and Team Germany holds the lead in team standings.
The Dutch team is less than a point off Germany’s heels thanks to a stellar performance by Tim Lips and Bayro. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Casantos x Vanya, by Corland) won the CCI4*-S at Strzegom in April and comes in a heavy favorite to repeat the feat, although the pair will need to be on their A-game to stay out in front of the competitive class.
They scored a 23.0 in today’s dressage. “It felt really good during the test,” Tim said. “At the last competitions, Bayro always won his dressage. I felt confident going into the arena. He showed how good he is again.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, he said, “I think the cross country course is very good, a bit testing, with quite a lot of combinations, so we have to keep the focus until the last fence.”
Michael Jung is a sliver of a point behind Tim to sit 2nd with fischerChipmunk FRH.
In 3rd is teammate Andreas Dibowski with FRH Corrida on a score of 26.8.
View more rider videos on the Strzegom YouTube channel here.
Representing the U.S., Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack scored a 46.7 to sit 54th in the class. Dressage isn’t this horse’s favorite phase, and we’re sure they’ll be making a big jump up the leaderboard tomorrow. Woodge and the 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Numerous x Lady Malone), owned by the Full Moon Farm syndicate, have been in training with Dirk Schrade in Germany since heading abroad early February — they jumped cleanly around Strzegom CCI4*-S in April in preparation for Badminton. Woodge fans, of which there are many, can catch her cross country ride on the live stream on Saturday at 1:21 p.m. local time (7:21 a.m. EST).
Dirk Schrade and Catelan lead the CCI4*-L heading into cross country — view our report from yesterday here. Michael Jung with Creevagh Cooley lead the CCI3*-S; Beeke Jankowski with Eddie Weld lead the CCI2*-L; and Dirk Schrade leads the CCI2*-S class as well with Dajara 4. Daria Kobiernik leads the national CNC2* class with Chodów, the CNC1* with Tanger, and the CNCLL with Polagris. In the L class, the dressage lead belongs to Weronika Król riding Greenline.
The competition is being live streamed and you can watch it on EN here. The weekend broadcast schedule:
- Saturday: Cross country at at 11:30 a.m. CEST/5:30 a.m. EST
- Sunday: Show jumping at 3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. EST
Click here to follow along with live scoring. Go Eventing.
CCI4*-L Top 10 After Dressage:
CCIO4*-S Top 10 After Dressage:
Nations Cup Team Standings After Dressage: