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Action-filled first qualifier of the Longines FEI European Championships 2021

Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Longines FEI European Championships 2021

All eyes on the Swedes…. They came to Riesenbeck International as favourites for the medals, and are in the lead after the first qualifier. Here Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S that finished second in today’s round. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. No reproduction of these images is permitted.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Defending European Champion Martin Fuchs jumped a fabulous clear with the only 9-year-old Leone Jei to finish 5th in the first qualifier. Only 1.31 points separate him from the leader David Will, so it's tight on top of the individual standing.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Ireland's young talent Daniel Coyle rode a great round with Legacy.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Switzerland's Bryan Balsiger had one of the fastest times of the day with AK's Courage, but with one pole down towards the end of the course he fell on the result list and sits 12th on the individual standing.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. The fighting spirit from the Belgian horses and riders just wasn't enough today; they sit 6th on the team standings ahead of Thursday's round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. One couple that really impressed with a super round at their first senior championships was Ioli Mytilineou and Levis de Muze, representing Greece.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Out of the thirteen fences, this one caused the most trouble. It was placed as no. nine following on seven strides from the water and several horses took a disliking to it...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. ...such as Luciana Diniz's Conchento PS...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping ...Manuel Fernandez Saro's Jarline de Torres...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping ...and Olivier Philippaerts's Le Blue Diamond v't Ruytershof, that somehow still made it to the other side although with a few planks flying.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Dutch rider Bart Bles got the worst thinkable start with this jump on fence no. one, but managed to pull it together for the rest of the course.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli's Kalinka van de Nachtegaele stepped on her front shoe in the take-off at the triple bar at no. 11a. Despite the shoe being twisted, Kalinka continued her great jumping and cleared the course. The farrier stepped in, and luckily the mare was unharmed.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping After Filippo Marco Bologni's Quilazio ended in the middle of the oxer in the combination at no. 6ab, he compensated by jumping straight up in the air on no. 7.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Ucello Massuere decided to not jump the water.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Douglas Lindelöw and Casquo Blue impressed for the Swedes, and sit third on the individual standing.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Jos Verlooy had to work at the open water to convince the lovely Varoune to get to the other side, and delivered a great clear for the Belgian team.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Christian Kukuk and Mumbai helped Germany off to a strong start with a clear and fast round, and now sit 10th on the individual standing.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Max Kühner and Elektric Blue P had a scary moment on the oxer at no. three, but luckily recovered well and finished their round with eight faults added to their score.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Olivier Robert and Vivaldi Des Meneaux were best for the French and sit 4th on the individual standing, only 1.20 behind the leader David Will.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Ondrej Svara and his 17-year-old veteran Cento Lano jumped clear.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping A little moment for Katharina Rhomberg and Cuma 5 before starting their round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, European Champion back in 2011, delivered a great clear with Ermindo W for Sweden.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping The winners: David Will and C Vier made the most of their championship debut for Germany and topped the first qualifier, going into the second round as the leaders on a zero penalty score.



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