Schrade Emerges Brilliant Winner Of Les Etoiles De Pau
Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI
The overnight Cross-Country leader, Oliver Townend (GBR) suffered the kind of misfortune which is the stuff of riders' nightmares. Townend had already secured the HSBC FEI Classics in emphatic style and had a Jumping fence in hand to win Pau, but his mount, the 14-year-old Carousel Quest, who had given his all across country the day before, hit 7 fences and incurred time faults, collecting a cricket score of 31 which dropped him to 8th place.
The Jumping course seemed fairly straightforward, with only two related distances, but there were only four clear rounds. Two of those came from Germany, back at the head of affairs after a disastrous European Championship, and Andreas Dibowski (GER) made it a German one-two when going clear also, on Euroridings Butts Leon.
The home side had plenty to cheer about when Pascal Leroy (FRA) and the exciting prospect Minos de Petra finished 3rd and Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) was best of the British contingent in 4th on the equally promising youngster Granntevka Prince.
The achievements of the two German riders propelled them up the order of the HSBC FEI Classics, with Shrade taking 2nd place and Dibowski 3rd. William Fox-Pitt (GBR), last year's winner, slipped to 4th place with 17th place at Pau on Macchiato. Sam Griffiths (AUS), who was not competing at Pau, moved down to 5th place.
1 Dirk Schrade/King Artus (GER) 46.7 + 0.8 + 1 = 48.5
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