“Maybe he was a little bit catchy that’s why I was cautious in the gallop tour. If I had demanded more he maybe would have exploded,” Julien Despontin explained after his dressage performance with 40,2 points which lead him to lead the competition after the first day. Perhaps this is the explanation why his result after the first day was better last year (31,9 points). Last year the Belgian also led the competition before the cross country, where he then fell back significantly. The Belgian once was schooled by Jürgen Koschel and he has taken over the ride of his horse Waldano from Andreas Ostholt, when the both of them still competed at one-star level. Together they have developed towards the top.
Currently in second position is Australian Emma Dougall with 12-year-old gelding Belcam Bear. The event is the first four-star event for the horse. “He’s my hero,” Dougall said pleased with her horse. “The rein back has cost us points and two flying changes were not optimal. Apart from that he was super focused. I’m already looking forward to Saturday. Belcam Bear is a brave cross country horse and he makes me feel safe.”
William Levett (AUS) and 12-year-old Irish stallion Improvise are currently in third place (45,5).