Eventing world looks forward to WEG

  • Catch up with all the latest news from the world of horse trials in our weekly column from Eventing magazine editor Kate Green

    Nations are beginning to formulate team plans for the three-day event at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.

    The German short-list has been named following the German National Championships at Luhmhlen.

    Andreas Dibowski (Ginger), who scored a best ever placing for Germany with a fourth at Badminton, is included despite facing shoulder surgery after a fall at Luhmhlen. Andreas is expected to be fit to contest WEG.

    Other German riders include Bettina Hoy with Woodsides Ashby, Ringwood Cockatoo and Unsung hero, European silver medallist Inken Johanssen and 59-year-old former Olympic medallist Herbert Bloecker and Chicoletto.

    Cord Mysegaes (Karric Lord), Kai Ruder (Butscher), Frank Osholt (Eos), Andrewas Ohtholt (Lady Lemon), Peter Thomsen (Vilano), Anne-Kathrin Franzky (Welfin), Kathrin Krage (Literat) and Adam Liedermann (Liryk) have also been included.

    America has named Kentucky winner Kimberly Vinoski with the British-bred Winsome Adante, Olympic champion David O’Connor (Giltedge), his wife Karen O’Connor (Regal Scot), John Williams (Carrick), Amy Beau (Poggio, My Beau), Nina Fout (3 Magic Beans), Darren Chiacchia (RG Renegade) and Gina Miles (McKinlaigh).

    Ireland has listed Vina Buller (Glencara), Hilda Hick-Donahue (Ashmore Scribble), Mark Kyle (Drunken Disorderly), Ken Mahon (Test Flight), Ginny McGrath (The Yellow Earl), Austin O’Connor (Whiskey Mac), Jane O’Flynn (Braveheart, Kilnadeema Star), Susan Shortt (JustBeauty Queen), Eric Smiley (Irish Patriot, MacCloud).

    New Zealand named 12 riders earlier this year and will be leaving any short-listing until September, while Australia is on the point of releasing a list following its three-star CCI at Melbourne, which was won by David Middleton on Willowbank Jack. The Australia selectors are in a quandary over Andrew Hoy’s best horse, following his win at Luhmhlen on Moonfleet.

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