Christoffer Forsberg was the best in the CCI4*-S, the highest ranked class during Strzegom Spring Open. Polish rider won the two-star competition.
Sunday’s cross-country trial, which determined the winner of the four-star class, kept the audiences at the edge of their seats until the end. Christoffer Forsberg with Hippo’s Sapporo who started as the second to last, was the only one to go over the course clear and inside the optimum time, beating the leading German Nicolai Aldinger by one tenth of a penalty point. Aldinger, riding Timmo, did not have any problems with the fences, but time faults cost him the win and ultimately placed him second. Third went to Sweden’s Frida Andersen with Box Leo.
The best home rider in the class was Wiktoria Knap with Quintus 134, who finished eighth.
The podium of the three-star competition was dominated by Dutch women. After clear XC rounds, Merel Blom took home the first riding Corminta Vom Gwick and second with Vesuve d’Aveyron. Third place belonged to Sanne De Jong with Jersey MBF. Mateusz Kiempa with Libertina, leading after two trials, had time faults today and placed just outside the podium.
The best rider in the two-star was Daria Kobiernik aboard Ideal Girl. The Pole was sixth after dressage, and jumped up into the lead after clear rounds in the jumping and cross-country. Second place went to Zuzanna Społowicz (POL) with Bankier, and third to Merel Blom with Hallo 53.
The Top Three in the Intro class was all Polish. Karolina Miś with Go Jack kept her lead from the dressage and was victorious after clear jumping and XC rounds. Katarzyna Brandys with Rio Brava was second, and Wiktoria Szynkiewicz with Hattrick – third.
In the CNC 100 the best score belonged to Mateusz Kiempa with All Night, in the CNC 100-18 the winner was Laura Gillmaier with Red Sunrise 2, and in the CNC 8 the best one was Marcin Michałek with Brylant.
The Strzegom Spring Open competition opened the eventing season in Poland. Four international classes in short format and three national classes were held, and almost 230 horse-and-rider combinations representing 14 countries took part.
The next edition of Strzegom Spring Open will take place in just two weeks, from 22 to 24 April.
Online results: https://zawodykonne.com/zawody/193/tour/29
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MCH: Mariusz Chmieliński
LW: Leszek Wójcik