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Germany leads Aachen eventing; Kiwi poised in second

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo.

German eventer Sandra Auffarth holds the lead on Opgun Louvo after the dressage and jumping phases of the DHL-Prize competition at Aachen, with New Zealand’s Tim Price second on Wesko.

Auffarth is sitting on her dressage score of 33.8, and Price and Wesko moved up from eighth in the dressage to his current second spot, with 39.80. They are competing as individuals, so their score does not count for the New Zealand team.

In third place individually is Germany’s Ingrid Klimke with FRH Escada JS on 40.20, who moved up from 10th after the dressage. Double Olympic champion Michael Jung dropped from second to sixth place with La Biosthetique Sam after five jumping faults.

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Nereo moved up the leaderboard, despite adding two time faults to his dressage score to move from 21st to 16th on 47.6. Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo did the same to share the score and move from 19th to 17th, and Tim Price’s Ringwood Sky Boy, moved from 28th to 25th to sit on 51.2.

The news wasn’t so good for Lucy Jackson and Willy Do, who had a lovely dressage test to score 38.6 penalty points, but bagged 14 faults during the showjumping to slip from fifth to 27th on 52.6.

There were just nine clear rounds inside time from the 42 combinations.

Germany is also leading the teams event,with Sandra Auffarth, Michael Young, Peter Thomsen and Dirk Schrade on 124.20, ahead of the British team on 136.40, France (137,40), Australia (139) and New Zealand in fifth with 146.4.

The cross-country takes place on Saturday, and the course,  built by Rüdiger Schwarz, traverses more than 4000 meters through the meadows of Soers directly next to the CHIO showgrounds. The finish is in the CHIO main stadium.

Tim Price and Wesko finished on their dressage score to claim the honours at the German CCI4* at Luhmühlen at the weekend.

Tim Price and Wesko, who are second going into the final phase at Aachen. © www.eventingphoto.com / FEI

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