Saturday was cross country day at LOTTO Baborówko Horse Sale Show. The riders faced not only the challenging weather conditions, but also the demanding challenges of the course designer, who took advantage of the venue’s freshly modernized infrastructure.
Thanks to a fast and clear round the new leader in the CCI4*-S is Poland’s Paweł Spisak with Banderas, a 13-year-old Polish-bred gelding owned by Marek Jodko. This is an experienced pair, who have together contested the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and 2018 Tryon WEG, and have had wins and top finishes at Baborówko in previous years. Pawel is also the best rider in the classification of Polish senior championships. They were in second after dressage but slid into the lead having turned in the fastest round in the four-star division, overtaking dressage leaders Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan and Calle 44 by a small margin of 0.9 point.
Yoshiaki and his own 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cristo 5 x Sara IV, by Quebec) finished fourth in the same division last year and have had good results through the five-star level — they were 6th at Luhmühlen in 2019 and finished 20th at the 2018 WEG in Tryon. Polish rider Mateusz Kiempa is currently third with Libertina, an 11-year-old Brandenburg mare owned by Anna Manczak.
In the CCI3*-S Yoshiaki Oiwa kept his lead with The Duke of Cavan. Julia Gillmaier (POL) is now in the second position aboard Quinton 14, and Nadine Marzahl (GER) is third for now with Vally K. Kamil Rajnert (POL) with Emilia of Chin still lead the CCI2*-S. Malin Hansen-Hotopp (GER) also kept her second place with Monsieur Schnabel. Katharina Kopp (GER) took third place after cross country with Clintina.
The CNC 1* had their showjumping trial on Saturday. Erkki Hoim (EST) with Ally Nightingale is the leader, Anna Królikowska (POL) with Fudżi BM is second, and Patrycja Zubko (POL) sits in third riding Cyklon. Josephine Schnaufer (GER) has the best score after dressage and jumping in the CNC 100 riding Skyfall AS. Klaudia Kostrzewska (POL) is second for now, and Jacek Rajnert (POL) with Odessa is currently third.
In the CNC 90 first place after three trials went to Mariusz Kleniuk (POL) with Weppetano “M”. Andrea Novotna (CZE) riding Eso finished second, and Diana Jaroszkiewicz (POL) took home third riding Intuicja Koński Gaj.