Driving European Championships
This morning saw the first carriage drivers take to the arena for day one of the driven dressage phase. For Great Britain, Wilf Bowman-Ripley was first to go with his striking set of bay horses, a fluent and accurate test was awarded with good marks from the judges, with just a slight jog creeping through in the walk section but enough to post a score of 55.10 penalties.
Karen Basset entered the arena after the lunch break and produced a solid test in the Aachen sun to take away a score of 64.01 penalties. Speaking at the end of both British tests Chef d’Equipe Zoe Morgan commented; “The drivers drove all they could today; we had a slightly unfortunate draw with Wilf third to go in the field but both are happy with their tests and they did their all. I’m really pleased with the two scores posted and we’re off to a good start. ”
The results from today sees Wilf currently occupying tenth place, with Karen sitting in fourteenth. The second day of the driven dressage contest concludes tomorrow; team anchor Dick Lane enters the arena at 10.30am (BST), a full line up and results can be found here: http://results.aachen2015.de/show/7/schedule/
Jumping CSI competition
Several other international jumping classes are running this week alongside the FEI European Championships. A number of the British squad have brought other horses out to compete and gain experience of the electric atmosphere the main stadium of Aachen offers.
Starting off the day’s competition was the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen class which saw team rider Michael Whitaker claim second place on the stallion Valentin R (owned by Miss Emilie Machon & Michael Potter). Set out over one round against the clock, Michael and the 13 year old grey put in a faultless round on the turf of the large arena, stopping the clock in a time of 63.80 seconds to take second place finishing just 1.31 seconds behind Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano.