The first round of the Nations Cup show-jumping competition at the World Equestrian Games is finished and after two competition Switzerland leads with 11,64 points ahead of the US with 12,59 points and Germany with 18,09 points.
In the individual rating Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and 10-year-old BWP mare Irenice Horta by Vigo d’Arsouilles/Diamant de Semilly has taken over the lead with 1,19 points ahead of US American McLain Ward and 11-year-old mare Clinta by Clinton and European Champion Peder Fredricson with H&M Christian K.
The Italian could not stop laughing: “Irenice Horta is in great shape. Yesterday there was so much pressure but she has a wonderful mind. When you know you have a horse that can stay clear it is a good feeling.” Tryon is only the fifth event for him and the mare who previously was ridden by Zoe Conter. In Aachen the pair was part of the Nations Cup team, in Dublin they finished third in the Grand Prix. “Alan Wade also built Dublin, therefore I had a good feeling.” In between Dublin and the WEG de Luca only presented the mare in two 1,30m competitions. “I always do it like this so the horses have a fresh body and mind. But I also know that there is still a second round to go.”
McLain Ward was less enthusiastic about Clinta: “She felt even stronger today. In the end it was really difficult, she jumped the triple bar so big, but she did not give up. That was the reason why I decided to ride her. I knew she was ready and good under pressure.
European Champioin Peder Fredricson knews after the course that it was harder to ride than it looked like. “I would have expected more clear rounds.”
The last German rider Marcus Ehning, in place four after the first day, fell back to position 23 due to two mistakes. A mistake at the beginning of the double combination and one at the last fence. The six canter strides in the combination were good, but Pret a Tout looked into the water. And the last one was really annoying. Two mistakes are two too many, but in this case one was especially superfluous.”
He praised the course builder:” It was an extremely well built course yesterday and today. The last line was very delicate, extremely exciting. 20 clear rounds would have been boring and so everyone had to stay focused until the end. The many mistakes were not the result of the heat but the technicalities of the course, you had to master it.”