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Experienced Germans Take Control at Luhmuehlen
Luhmuehlen, Germany

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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