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Hoy Is On Song For Aachen
Schenefeld, Germany
by Kate Green

Bettina Hoy (GER) enjoyed the perfect pre-Aachen confidence-boost when she easily won at Schenefeld, Germany's only FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier, on her team horse Ringwood Cockatoo.

With the German squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games fresh from their training camp prior to Schenefeld, Hoy's colleagues filled six of the top seven places, with only her Australian husband Andrew, fourth on his Kentucky four-star winner Master Monarch, interrupting German domination.

Andreas Dibowski (GER) was second and third on FRH Little Lemon (41.4) and FRH Serve Well (44.2); Michael Jung (GER) was fifth on Birkhof's Grafenstolz T (44.9), a former winner at the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d'Angers; Dirk Schrade (GER) finished sixth on Sindy 43 (47.1) and European team bronze medallist Hinrich Romeike was seventh on his Olympic horse Marius Voigt-Logistik (51.1).

Bettina Hoy scored a superb dressage mark of 28.5 to lead by 4.8 penalties over Jung, who slipped down the order with 7.6 cross-country time penalties. Hoy clocked 8 time penalties herself, but her lead was strong enough to keep her just ahead of the quicker Dibowski on Little Lemon, who then alleviated the pressure by hitting a show jumping rail.

Two other members of Germany's WEG squad finished lower down the order. Luhmühlen four-star winner Frank Ostholt (GER) on Air Jordan 2, seventh after dressage, hit four show jumps to drop to eventual 17th (55.8) and the European bronze medallists Ingrid Klimke (GER), fourth after dressage, plummeted to 23rd with a cross-country run-out (79.4).

Thirty-six riders completed the competition ­ Linda Algotsson (SWE), the dual FEI Eventing World Cup champion in 2003-04 retired both her horses, My Fair Lady and Stand By Me, after cross-country ­ and Andrew Hoy (AUS) was the only one of the 55 starters to achieve the optimum cross-country time. This feat elevated him from 11th place after dressage to eventual fourth. He finished on the same score as Jung (44.9), but his faster time gave him the advantage.

Bettina Hoy now moves into 11th place in the FEI Eventing World Cup rankings with 107 points, while husband Andrew, second in the 2005 final on Mr Pracatan, overtakes Rodney Powell (GBR) and rises to fourth place on 144 points, thus increasing Australia's domination of the leaderboard.

Karin Donckers (BEL) was eighth and 11th at Schenfeld on Gormley (51.10) and Gazelle de la Brasserie (54.2) respectively, but this does not alter her second place in the rankings on 165 points behind Phillip Dutton (AUS) and ahead of Clayton Fredericks (AUS).

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