All signs indicated that it was going to be a success across the board for team Germany, but it was not to be.
The Nations Cup went the New Zealand team comprising of Tim Price - CEKATINKA, who also came third in the individual classification, Clarke Johnstone - BALMORAL SENSATION, Sir Mark Todd- KILTUBRID RHAPSODY and Blyth Tait - HAVANNA, ahead of France and Sweden.
Germany who was sitting in the top position ahead of the cross-country until Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot had trouble at obstacle 16a of the SAP Complex, then journey was over for the combination. Samourai du Thot ran out three times!
As Julia Krajewski explained later: “Then, we had bad luck on top of the misfortune.” Because Kai Rüder’s Colani Sunrise refused to leave the start box for 40 whole seconds, last year’s winning pair Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD also had a run-out on the first element of obstacle 16, and Andreas Dibowski had a disastrous ride in the jumping yesterday. The team ultimately finished in fifth position.
After completing the cross-country cross, Toddy had this to say; “It is a difficult course to go fast. There might be 1 or 2 riders who stay in the time. My horse jumped very well. It is a tricky course with difficult jumping efforts, it is twisty, up and down. But the going is absolutely perfect; the cut grass makes the horses want to jump. A big compliment to the organisers."
Toddy's prediction was correct, it was only Christopher Burton and QUALITY PURDEY from Australia that went under time.
📸 Tomas Holcbecher (action shots)
📸 Massimo Argenziano (presentation shot).
Photos: Presentation, Clarke Johnstone - BALMORAL SENSATION, Tim Price - CEKATINKA, Sir Mark Todd- KILTUBRID RHAPSODY, Blyth Tait - HAVANNA.