Marie Kraack came 8th in the individual ranking in the CICO3* - Nations Cup in Strzegom. A further success at 3* level and a so called home game for her 15 year old gelding Havana Club who was bred in Poland. The German Team finished in 5th place.
Foto von Annette Dölger
France won the Nations Cup in Eventing for the second time this year. Strzegom was the third stop in the series and was carried out following the new Olympic modus as a test. Seven teams took part in the Nations Cup in Strzegom, each team had three riders and a fourth “substitute rider”. France took the lead after the dressage with Germany following close behind. Marie Kraack riding Havana Club and Andreas Dibowski riding It’s Me xx went clear in XC with time faults, unfortunately Niklas Bschorer and Lord Shostakovich parted ways after jumping a corner. Normally this would mean this pair is disqualified but the new Olympic modus allows him to take part in the show jumping if his horse passes the final vet inspection. The German national trainer, Hans Melzer explains: “When a pair has either a stop or the rider falls but the horse successfully passes the final vet check it is allowed to take part in the show jumping. I could have taken the option of replacing him with our substitute rider Antje Schöniger but this would have meant an additional 20 penalty points.” Niklas thanked the trainer with a clear round for the team in show jumping but individually he was no longer in the competition. After show jumping Team Germany had a total of 330.3 penalty points, the final result from Kraack 42.9 and 8th place and Dibowski 48,6 and 10th place.
France went on to win the team event with 115.8 penalty points with Great Britain coming second with 139.4. The British team made use of their substitute rider after Coral Keen withdrew her horse before the show jumping. Her results from dressage and XC were counted for the team and the clear round from James Sommerville riding Talent plus 20 penalty points for the substitution gave the end result 139.4. The Italians were 3rd with a “regular” score of 209.
What could happen in Tokyo can be seen in the example of the Austrian Team. Harald Ambros riding Lexikon was the only pair to ride all three disciplines. Margit Appelt retired after dressage on course in the XC (200 penalties) and in show jumping (100 penalties). Katrin Khoddam was disqualified during the dressage test (100 penalties) as her horse had blood on her mouth, Cosima had bitten her tongue. The rider didn’t start XC (200 penalties) but was allowed to take part in show jumping and went clear. Austria came last with 690.5.
Hans Melzer admitted he hasn’t really taken to the new modus yet and that it will be tested again this year in the Nations Cup in Ireland. However he also said it is here to stay and he doubts very much that any changes will be made! Philine Ganders-Meyer the Coordinator from the German federation expressed her regret over the ruling change and went on to say: “ The German Federation were one of the few federations to vote against the new Olympic Modus we fought for the team of four with only 3 results being counted but the majority of the FEI nations voted against us”.
Here you can watch a recording of the live stream from XC and show jumping.