The home team has the edge after the first phase of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials. Team Poland — Wiktoria Knap with Quintus, Jan Kamiński with Jard, Michał Hycki with Moonshine, and Mateusz Kiempa with Lassban Radovix — posted a combined score of 91.6 (one drop score is permitted for teams of four). They’re followed by Team Germany in second (95.2), Sweden in third (100.1), Belgium in fourth (102.1) and Italy in fifth (103.4).
The team’s top scorer in the sandbox was Mateusz Kiempa, who sits third on the individual scoreboard as well. “I’m happy with the ride and the score,” Mateusz said. “It can always be better, but the result is good enough and we’ll fight on tomorrow. I think the cross-country course includes some demanding combinations, so we will see how we do there.”
Tim Lips of The Netherlands is first with TMX Herby, a 9-year old Dutch gelding (VDL Zirocco Blue x Naomi, by Olympic Ferro) owned by the late Max Trenning, on a score of 26.2. We were saddened to hear that Max, an avid eventer, patron of the sport and supportive owner, passed away earlier this month, and our hearts go out to his family and friends.
In second position is Jule Weher of Germany with Ruling Spirit on a score of 27.0.
In the CCI3*-S the lead belongs to Nadine Marzahl with Vally K, and Sweden’s Louise Romeike with Caspian 15 is the leader in the CCI2*-S. Cross country played out today for the Intro and CCIP2*-L classes. The best combination in the Intro is Ricarda Berkenheide from Germany with Belle Jour, and Emilia Vogel with Tina leads the pony leaderboard.