Pratoni Order of Go Preview: Christoph Wahler (GER) to Lead Off, Boyd Martin will Anchor USA

Christoph Wahler and Carjatan S. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The first orders of go have been released for the 2022 FEI World Championships for Eventing at Pratoni del Vivaro, and we now know who will lead the way in both the dressage and cross country phases of competition. Show jumping on Sunday will, of course, be held in reverse order of individual standing to determine team and individual medals.

Germany drew the first spot out of the 27 country berths yesterday, and they’ve put forward Christoph Wahler and Carjatan S as their pathfinders. They’ll be the first in front of the dressage judges tomorrow and the first out of the start box on Saturday. The role of pathfinder is no easy feat — you’ve walked the course, but you’re nonetheless essentially riding blind without any visuals on how the track is riding. But Christoph and Carjatan S, who were seventh individually at last year’s European Championships, are a strong cross country pair with slew of clear round experience on their record to call on for this challenge.

The order of go also gives us the first look at the team and individual designations for each country sending a full roster. For pathfinder Germany, Alina Dibowski and Barbados 26, making their World Championships debut, will ride as individuals. This leaves 2014 World Champion Sandra Auffarth (Viamant du Matz), 2010 World Champion Michael Jung (fischerChipmunk FRH), 2020 Olympic Champion Julia Krajewski (Amande de B’Neville), and Christoph as the team.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Looking to the rest of the order, some notables include:

  • Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo will lead off for the Canadians with Mike Winter and El Mundo out last for the team. Dana Cooke and Mississippi will compete as individuals.
  • For the U.S., Will Coleman will be the pathfinder as the 11th to see with Off the Record. Boyd Martin will anchor with Tsetserleg TSF, and Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan are the individual pair.
  • The defending British will send Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo first out as 13th to go, while Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir — also making their World Championships debut this week — will ride shortly after as individuals. Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class will anchor Team GB.

Full Thursday dressage times can be found here, while Friday times are here. Cross country times will be released on Friday, but riders will appear in the same order they do for dressage.

We’ll have much more from Pratoni coming your way in a constant drip all week, so keep coming back for more!

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