Belarus Young Rider Books Ticket To World Cup Eventing Final
Ilya Anisin, a 20-year-old member of Belarus's Young Rider squad, went one better than last year and secured his place at the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final at Strzegom (POL) next month with a convincing win in the sixth qualifier, at Minsk (BLR).
Anisin, riding the 13-year-old Russian Trakhener stallion Arbat, made a meteoric leap from 14th place after Dressage to 2nd after Cross-Country, by virtue of producing the fastest clear round for just 1.6 time penalties.
Aistis Vitkauskas nearly made history as the first Lithuanian rider to win an HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing qualifier, but 16 faults in the final Jumping phase compared to Anisin's 8 dropped him to 2nd.
Vitkauskas, riding the appropriately-named AK's Galloper, by the great show jumping stallion Parco, made a similarly dramatic rise up the leaderboard, from 13th after Dressage to take the Cross-Country lead - he and Anisin were the only riders to score less than 19 time penalties.
Russian rider Alexandr Markov finished 3rd and 4th on Paul vom Gau and Go-Ahead and has sprung into 3rd place into the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing standings.
The Dressage leader, Aliaksandr Faminou (BLR), had a refusal at fence 6b on the Cross-Country on Gorlinka and eventually wound up in 7th place.
The Dressage runner-up and 2008 winner, Aliaksandra Hlushakova (BLR) on Logika was eliminated for 3 refusals.
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