Who might we see Ingrid Klimke mounted on at the 2020 Olympics? The depth of this German superstar’s string is impressive, and she’s got an exciting one coming up the ranks in Weisse Duene.
The grey Holsteiner mare (Clarimo x Esprit V, by Romino) leads the 7-year-old Championships at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers, France, on a dressage score of 36.9. She won her last two starts at the CIC2* level, at Varsseveld and Everswinkel, and we look forward to seeing how she tackles tomorrow’s big cross country test.
Great Britain’s Pippa Funnel and the Anglo gelding Billy Walk On (Billy Mexico x Shannon Line, by Golden Bash) also cut line in front of yesterday’s leaders, Austria’s Charlotte Dobretsberger and the Hannoverian mare Vally K (Valentino x Freia, by Freiherr).
There are two U.S. combinations as well as one American-owned horse in the 7-Year-Old Championships.
Tamie Smith with Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol, by Corofino I), a 7-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Judy McSwain, sit 30th heading into cross country tomorrow. They made the trip to France thanks to the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Grant.
Also representing the U.S. in the 7-Year-Old Championships is Robyn Fisher with Betwave (Linaro x Wavelength, by Wodan), a Holsteiner mare Robyn owns with her breeder Carol Singh. The pair finished dressage in 58th place.
Check out post-dressage comments from Tamie and Robyn in yesterday’s dressage report.
One more U.S. connection: the stallion Glücksruf (Dramatiker x Gretel, by Opernball) is a German-bred Trakehner who, although ridden by Miriam Bray for Slovenia, is owned by an American, Tim Holekamp. They are 21st heading into cross country.
In the 6-Year-Old Champions, yesterday’s leaders Kai Steffen-Meier and Painter’s Maxim, a Trakehner stallion (Phlox X Painter’s Moon, by Painter’s Row xx) bred by Graciela Bruch and owned by Welvert Stud, held fast to their overnight lead and will leave the box tomorrow on a score of 40.3.
Stay tuned for much more from Le Lion. Go Eventing!
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