Germany Leads The Teams, France Follows, and Sweden is in Third Place at the 2019 FEI Jumping Championships
Thursday, August 22, 2019
With four fast and fabulous rounds, Team Germany established the advantage in the Speed class on the opening day of the Longines FEI Jumping European Championships 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands today.
Reigning World Champion Simone Blum (DSP Alice), Christian Ahlmann (Clintrexo Z), Marcus Ehning (Comme Il Faut) and Daniel Deusser (Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z) all finished in the top-13, and they go into tomorrow’s first round of the team competition in pole position ahead of France in second and Sweden in third. Great Britain lies fourth, Switzerland fifth and the defending team champions from Ireland are lying sixth of the 15 competing nations.
Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and H&M All In, individual gold medallists at the 2017 Championships, won today’s competition with a sensational run that saw them pin Austria’s Max Kuhner and Chardonnay into runner-up spot ahead of Britain’s Ben Maher and Explosion W in third.
A total of 70 horse-and-rider combinations are contesting the individual medals and there are 10 countries chasing down the three Olympic team qualifying spots on offer this week.