Badminton Horse Trials: Stefano Brecciaroli Sweeps into the Lead
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Posted by Badminton Press Office
It was all change at the top of the leaderboard this morning at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Italian rider Stefano Brecciaroli swept into a commanding lead with Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve on a score of 36.8. His test, which included a raft of nines, and the competition’s first 10, showed quality work that combined power, accuracy and expression.
“He was beautiful to ride. He did everything I asked and felt very good,” said Stefano. “I was a bit worried about the sudden change in the weather [this morning's conditions were wet and windy], but this is England and it is to be expected! It didn’t seem to affect him.”
Germany’s Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo slotted into second place on a score of 41.3. They suffered the heaviest of this morning’s showers and a misunderstanding in the rein-back spoiled an otherwise punchy and accurate test.
Yesterday’s leader, Christopher Burton and Holstein Park Leilani occupy third spot.
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