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German Eventers Take New Aachen Prizes

Germany’s 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist, Frank Ostholt, 32, and Air Jordon returned victorious to Aachen to win the new three day event to be held annually at the WEG site as part of the international (CHIO) show.

"It was fantastic. We, the eventers, have been longing to be able to compete at the event in Aachen… we are all delighted that we are finally part of it now. For us it is the ultimate event, on a par with the championships," commented Ostholt. The 12-year-old half bred Amerigo Vespucci xx son, which is owned by the German Olympic Equestrian Committee, took the lead after the dressage, rode clear in the jumping and only picked up 3.6 time faults in the cross-country.

With an overall score of 39.40 points, he beat his Sweden’s, Linda Algotsson, 35, who rode the 17-year-old Standford son, Stand By Me; 40.40 penalties. "It was very exciting, very fast, simply fantastic," said the former European Champion.

Third place went to the French rider, Nicolas Touzaint, 27, with his 12 year-old French bred horse, Hidalgo de l’Ile on a score of 45.60.

The German National Eventing Coach, Hans Melzer, noted, "We are very happy that we are able to compete at the CHIO and hope that this will remain so in the future too."

The team classification also saw a German victory (140.3 points). Great Britain secured second place with 159.70 points, ahead of Sweden with 160.50 points.

The British team comprised of Zara Phillips/Toytown, Sharon Hunt/Tankers Town, Francis Whittington/Sir Percival II and Emily Baldwin/Drivetime.

Competing for Sweden were Linda Algotsson/Stand By Me, Sara Algotsson/Robin des Bois, Viktoria Carlerbäck/Bally’s Geronimo and Anna Hilton/Mr. Dalby.

The 2006 World Champion, Zara Phillips, finished fifth with her gold-medalist partner, Toytown. "It was a fantastic course and simply great that the finish line was in the main stadium. The course was quite different to last year at the WEG and my horse was pretty eager at the start box already and very ambitious on route too," commented the 26-year-old, who crossed the finish line with a score of 48.10 points.

Andreas Dibowski was the second best German, claiming sixth place on a score of 48.20 points with the 16 year-old FRH Little Lemon with whom he finished fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games. He was closely followed by an elated 2006 World Champion team member. Ingrid Klimke, 39, rode her young horse, Seacookie TSF, into seventh place with a score of 51.60 points: "I am totally proud and happy that my only eight-year-old horse mastered this task so well," she said.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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