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WoSJ Expert Comment: Dietmar Gugler

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dietmar Gugler gives the WoSJ team his comments. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.On the first day of the Europeans WoSJ brings you Dietmar Gugler’s expert comment on the championship so far.

On the course: “When we walked the course it looked quite careful, and the impression was that the riders would catch faults here and there. In the end it turned out to be a bit easy for the horse and rider material present here in Madrid. But, that will make it all the more interesting tomorrow.”

On the importance of the first day: “The important rounds are to be ridden tomorrow, Friday and Sunday – the best need to produce clear rounds. But in the end when we come to Sunday, today’s table C could come back and haunt the riders.”

On the teams: “The riders on the Swedish team rode well, and have a good team. But they still need luck; if it’s on their side they can be in the top. I also think Germany, France, Great Britain and Holland looked strong. It’s all close though, and it’s a battle for those who need to qualify for the Olympics. It all depends on the team competition tomorrow andFriday though; everything will play out then. It’s fractions separating the teams now.”

On the individual riders: “”I though some of the Germans looked strong; like Carsten-Otto and Marco. I think Rolf looked strong for Sweden as well, but it’s always hard to say. Beat is always good; sometimes you don’t really see the riders throughout the year, and then they bounce back for the championship.”

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