The first day in Madrid was a 1.50 speed class table C that counted both for the individual as well as the team score. The course had a total of sixteen jumps including a combination at 4 A and B where the riders could choose beetween two B-elements. The easiest line was a straight one, but the riders could also choose to take a bend line to another B-element that could save them time. The course also had a triple combination with a triplebar as the A-element, and also a water jump as fence number six.
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Olivier Guillon and his Selle Francais gelding Lord du Theize looked amazing in Rotterdam, and in Madrid they again proved their class by taking home the win with a clear round and the time 78.85. The last rider to go, Stefan Eder and Chilli van Dijk ( Champion du Lys x Alcatraz), were second on the time 79.93, while the veteran Beat Mändli and Louis (Lord Peezi x Ultraschall) came in third with the total of 80.11 points.
The class saw a lot of clears, but the table C judgement separates the riders by fractions as there's only a pole down that differs the top 28 riders. The Championships specialist Corradina (Corrado I x Sandro) and Carsten-Otto Nagel looked great, the same did Kevin Staut's horse Silvana de Hus (Corland x Widor). Ninja La Silla (Guidam x Lys de Darmen) ridden by Rolf-Göran Bengtsson jumped great, as well as Cornet Obolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker) from Marco Kutscher and Billy Twomey's Tinka's Serenade (Tinka's Boy x African Drum).
The best female rider so far is Luciana Diniz and Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) on a seventh place, 0.98 points behind the leader. Then comes home rider Pilar Lucrecia Cordon on 11th and Janne-Friedrike Meyer on 14th.
The French team is in the lead after good rounds from all their riders. Penelope Leprevost's Mylord Carthago (Carthago x Jalisco B) jumped really well, but had one pole down, while Michel Robert, Kevin Staut and Olivier Guillon were all clear. It looks like the French team is out to redeam themselves after a disappointing Top League season.
Germany kept up their good form, and secured the second place after day one with good rounds from all four riders, Marco Kutscher, Carsten-Otto Nagel, Janne-Friedrike Meyer and Ludger Beerbaum.
Sweden had all four riders clear and are so far in third place which is important as they need to qualify for the Olympics next year. The three best teams which are not already qualified will make it to London next year. After day one theese teams are Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain.
We are looking forward to tomorrow when the fences are 1.60 and the stakes are up.
Top five nations after day one;
Top five riders after day one;
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