Riesenbeck, Germany – September 01, 2021 – David Will (GER) dashed to victory in the opening class and into an early lead of the 2021 Longines FEI Jumping European Championship yesterday at the Riesenbeck International equestrian venue in Germany.
Besides being in second place in the team competition yesterday, the host nation had plenty to cheer about when David Will (GER) and the 13-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding (Cardento 933 x Concorde) were not only clear but the quickest around Frank Rothenberger’s (GER) 13-fence track, featuring obstacles at the height of 1.50m, tripping the timers in 71.66 seconds.
After a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games last month in Tokyo, Japan, and in contention for the season title at the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), Peder Fredricson (SWE) showed why he has been the most consistent rider this year under the big lights. This time, the Swede was caught, but only by the David Will. Fredricson guided Catch Me Not S (Cardento 933 x Ramiro’s Son) towards a second-place finish, registering no penalties in 71.66 seconds.
Another Swede climbed onto the podium too. Douglas Lindelow (SWE) and Casquo Blue (Chacco-Blue x Carthago Z) posted the third fastest clear performance of the day, rounding out the top three in 73.99 seconds.
Final Results – €50,000 First Qualifying Inidividual Competition – Speed Challenge
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Penalties / Time / Score
1) David Will (GER) & C Vier – 0 / 71.66 – 0.00
2) Peder Fredricson (SWE) & Catch Me Not S – 0 / 72.58 – 0.46
3) Douglas Lindelöw (SWE) & Casquo Blue – 0 / 73.99 -1.17
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Photos: © FEI / Christophe Taniere