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Thrills and spills from day one at the European Championships | Part two

Thursday, 24 August 2017
European Championships 2017

What's not to like about these two? Lorenzo De Luca and the beautiful Armitages Boy take a look at the combination at 12ab, that caused a lot of headache in the opening round. Unfortunately, it fell for this pair as well dropping them down on the result list. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
No vision, no problem: Luxembourg's Christian Weier and Global impressed with a clear round in the opening competition.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Cian O'Connor and Capt. Gerry Mullins watching Shane Sweetnam go clear with Chaqui Z.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
As pathfinder the young and talented Alisa Danilova had a bit of a struggle around the thirteen fence track, which included a refusal on the water jump and also taking the back pole on this oxer at 12b. The Ukrainian team sit second last on 23.64 penalties ahead of Thursday's round.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Douglas Lindelöw pulled it out of the bag for the hosts to jump a clear round with Zacramento, and sits 9th on the individual standings while the team is ranked 3rd.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Efe Siyahi with the well jumping Call Me Princess as an individual for Turkey.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The gorgeous All Star 5.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
It was not Henrik von Eckermann and Mary Lou's day. They splashed into the water jump and had a refusal on 12a, a disappointing start on home soil.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The stunning Grand Cru van de Rozenberg and Jerome Guery, that were called in at the last minute after Olivier Philippaerts got injured after a fall during Tuesday's warm-up session.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Julia Kayser rode a beautiful clear round on Sterrehof's Cayetano Z for Austria, contributing to her team's 6th position ahead of Thursday's competition.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kevin Staut and Revuer de Hurtebise HDC on their way to the last fence.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun had luck on their side, after a risky turn to the oxer at eight and also after rattling the combination at 12ab they still managed to keep all fences intact and finished third.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Dutch reigning champions had a disappointing start and sit far off pole position as 12th out of the 17 teams on a score of 14.53 penalties.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The beautiful Cas de Liberte.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout made it all look pretty simple, which it of course was not! The German maestro finished second in the opening round, and looks to be in top form.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Mariann Hugyecz was the first rider to go, and could then relax and watch the rest of the class.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Three out of four Norwegian riders went clear, with impressive rounds to sit 11th ahead of Thursday's round: Here Marie Longem and the lovely Algorhythem.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Romain Duguet and Twentytwo des Biches jumped a wonderful clear round to help their team to the lead.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Spanish were also in form, with all riders jumping clear rounds to put their team in 5th position ahead of Thursday's round: Here anchor-man Sergio Alvarez Moya who rode a cool and collected round on G&C Arrayan.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Szabolcs Krucso and Chacco Blue II, that is sired by??? You guessed it: Chacco Blue, just like four other horses in the first round.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Shane Sweetnam and Chaqui Z flying to a clear round for Ireland, that sits in a strong 4th position ahead of Thursday's round.

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