Experienced Germans Take Control at Luhmuehlen
Frank Ostholt (GER) and his compatriot Simone Deitermann (GER) have pulled well clear of the field after the Dressage phase at Luhmuehlen CCI**** presented by E.ON Avacon Vertrieb (GER), the third leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.
Both riders, the only ones to score in the 30s, are aboard experienced horses: Olympic gold medalist Ostholt has his 2006 winner and world gold medalist Air Jordan 2, while Deitermann has her veteran Flambeau H 3, recent winner of the Marbach HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing qualifier.
Andrew Hoy (AUS) has clearly been making the most of his new base at Warendorf - the German national equestrian centre managed by Ostholt - and is lying equal 3rd on the far less experienced Grand Joca.
Hoy shares this position with Emily Baldwin (GBR), who has re-routed Drivetime after an unfortunate refusal in the lake when well-placed at The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May, and Susanna Bordone (ITA) on the former Stuart Tinney (AUS) ride, Carrera.
German riders Dirk Schrade on the French-bred Anglo-Arab Gadget de la Cere AA and Kai Rüder (Leprince des Bois) occupy 6th and 7th places, ahead of Olympic bronze medalists Kristina Gifford and Miners Frolic, a galloping thoroughbred whose first CCI**** performance will be watched with interest.
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