Germany’s Sandra Auffarth leads the Aachen CICO*** with her Olympic bronze medallist Opgun Louvo (pictured top).The duo earned the best dressage score of the day — 33.8 — and became one of only nine combinations to show jump clear this evening (Friday 18 July).
They are six penalties ahead of New Zealand’s Tim Price with his Luhmühlen CCI**** winner, Wesko. Ingrid Klimke lies third aboard FRH Escada JS.
In the team standings Germany has a healthy 12.2 pen lead over Great Britain while France is one fault behind in third.
Jakata kicked out one coloured fence and picked up two time faults to slot into 20th under Piggy French, who wrapped her arms around her horse’s neck after scoring 43 for a fluent dressage test.
Harry Meade and Wild Lone’s flawless show jumping clear earned a big cheer from spectators, however they are hampered by a first-phase mark of 56.6.
Meanwhile Zara Phillips had a round to forget when High Kingdom hit two fences. The 13-year-old was not on his best form in the dressage arena this morning either. He broke into canter after the first halt and looked unsettled during the early trot and lateral work.
Rudiger Schwarz’s twisty cross-country track is likely to be influential tomorrow and the heat — temperatures reached the low 30s today — is at the forefront of riders’ minds.
“It’s very hot, there are plenty of skinnies and angles plus the time will be tight. It’s a course designed to produce a result,” said Izzy Taylor.
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