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El diseño del cross del estadounidense Derek di Grazia fue bonito e interesante. El tiempo acompañó con 14º C lo que es una buena temperatura para el esfuerzo al que se somete a los caballos. Bonito paraje- como ya se sabe- con un diseño entre lo muy clásico y las innovaciones de los tecnicismos (estrechos, líneas curvas...) y claramente sin buscar el peligro lo que se puede ver en 30 sin falta en los obstáculos de 47 participantes (mucho más de la mitad). 11 en el tiempo óptimo (11 minutos y 03 segundos en una distancia de 6.295m), 10 no finalizan o se retiran.

 

Michael Jung / ROCANA (Sachsen de 2005, Ituango xx / Clarimo-Calypso II-Cor de la Bryère-Rantzau xx / Scampolo-Sandro Z-Sacramento Song xx) ha ganado tres años seguidos el Rolex (2017, 2016 y 2015), oro equipos y plata individual en los JEM de Normandía 2014, CIC*** de Pratoni, CIOC*** de Boekelo (equipos), el Campeonato del Mundo de Caballos Jóvenes en 2011 para los 6 años...

 

Todo parecía fácil para los alemanes. Lo difícil lo hacían fácil. El galope que imprime Jung es excelente; el equilibrio siempre impera; la suavidad mucho; la corrección de sus manos; la llegada perfecta; el aumento del ritmo de galope al pasar los obstáculos sólo está reservado para algunos; ¡qué naturalidad!, casi parece un americano (un alemán en E. Unidos)... Sin embargo, en el lago le vienen los problemas. Es en el segundo elemento que es un estrecho y parece tener bastante fondo, la yegua se queda enganchada con los posteriores; y, por un momento, parece que se va a caer, pero el seto cede bien (no pincha) y el buen equilibrio de Jung hace que haya recuperación. Todo - queda bastante- sigue bien. Da la sensación que ROCANA no ha quedado repercutida ni física ni mentalmente, y de hecho su intenso galope prosigue y Jung la exige. De todas formas, siempre puede planear que en caliente el daño físico no se manifieste. Habrá que esperar a mañana a la inspección o a esta noche, porque ojalá que no sea así las babillas han podido quedar repercutidas o de visión que no guste al veterinario. Parece que va a entrar en el tiempo, pero no pues hay una penalidad de 0.4.

 

La prueba prosigue. Se ven muy buenos conjuntos. Fenomenales los citados en el título.

 

Se espera con impaciencia a la estadounidense Marilyn Little con SCANDALOUS que es líder provisional con los 28.4 puntos de su doma ganadora. Puede hacer menos de 2.95 para seguir ganando, pero penaliza 8. La llegada es muy buena (ha ganado en CSI**** a 1.50), pero desde un primer momento se ve que va a penalizar por tiempo. Y con 32.8 va al puesto 6º.

 

Tal vez uno de los recorridos de campo que más nos ha gustado ha sido el del estadounidense Boyd Martin con TSETSERLEG (trakehner de 2007, Windfall / Buddenrock / Humanus), con el que había competido muy bien en el pasado CIC*** de Tryon (test “event” para los JEM). Aunque penalizó 2 puntos por tiempo (7º por una doma de 31.2). El padre del caballo, el trakehner WINDFALL (Habitch / Madurzo xx / Celadon xx-Krakatao-Nearco), fue medalla de bronce por equipos en los JJ.OO de Atenas 2004 , ganó oro individual en los Panamericanos 2003... con su compatriota Darren Chiachia.

 

Ya que hemos hablado de la prueba test de Tryon que ganó el australiano nacionalizado estadounidense Philipp Dutton con Z antes llamado ALBANO Z (Zangersheide de 2008, Asca-Askary-Acord II-Ahorn-Alme / Baloubet du Rouet) en este concurso es 8º por una doma de 33.7 y el cross en el tiempo óptimo, pero el caballo no nos ha gustado en demasía en su manera de saltar (en el galope sí), pero a buen seguro que la gran experiencia y solvencia de su jinete hará que mejore mucho pero no nos parece un caballo parra los JEM de este verano.

 

 

Jung Back on Top After Cross-Country at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

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Top 4 going into Sunday’s LRK3DE 2018 Show Jumping (from left): Christopher Burton (AUS), Michael Jung (GER), Oliver Townend (GBR) and Lynn Symansky (USA)

The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for a day of brilliant Cross-Country action, and the riders and horses didn’t disappoint. Defending champion Michael Jung of Germany and Fisherrocana FST showed the depth of their partnership to take over the top spot after adding only 0.4 to his Dressage score to lead with 27.5.

Breathing down his neck is Australia’s Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 (27.9) and Oliver Townend of Great Britain on Cooley Master Class (28.7). Townend is also tied for fourth aboard MHS King Joules (31.3) with Lynn Symansky and Donner (31.3). Less than a rail separates all of them as they head in to the Show Jumping tomorrow.

Symansky and Donner, as the highest-placed Americans, are currently leading the Land Rover/USEF CCI**** National Championship. Overnight leader Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous added 8 time penalties to drop to sixth overall, and second in the national class.

While Jung’s performance was brilliant, it wasn’t perfect, as the pair survived a scary moment at the big brush corner at 18B in the Land Rover Head of the Lake. After getting the striding wrong, the mare twisted badly, and was hung up for a moment on the corner, before extracting herself and carrying on. Though the 13-year-old German-bred mare jumped clean, and despite an incredible effort to catch back up on her time, they finished only one second slow.

“On jump 18 in the water, I would like to do four and I missed it in the end,” said Jung, 35, Horb, Germany. “She tried to keep straight in front of the fence, and she tried to not jump but just to go over.

“But, this is what you need in a partnership,” he continued. “That the other half is fighting for you, and she was really fighting for me. It makes me proud, she never gives up and every chance she has she fights for me. We lost a few seconds, we were good in time up to there, but then we have to go really fast after that. It’s nice to feel when a horse had such great fun on a tough course like this.”

Burton, 36, from Godalming, Surrey, England, had nothing but praise for his horse, and for the course and conditions. “Because there were such good conditions, I was able to enjoy it. My horse has gotten a bit stiff as he’s gotten older and it’s taken a lot of work to get him here. I’m delighted he came home as well as he did. He looked through the flags really nicely had a great time out there,” he said of the 13-year-old Hanoverian. “Its easy to be happy when you’ve had a good run, but there wouldn’t be anyone who didn’t think it was a great day of sport. The designer has a great feel and it was a great track and the footing and course were great.”

Townend, 35, Dudleston Heath, Ellesmere, Shropshire, England, had two tremendous rides today, even though he says his two horses are quite different. “It was an unbelievable track. Derek (di Grazia) is one of the best designers in the world,” he said. “The ground was fantastic and the track was fantastic, with a great deal of feel and empathy for the horses.

“I had two very different rides with my horses,” he continued. “Joules is notoriously strong, which is why I’ve got the ride. There’s no question there’s a huge amount of talent and gallop and ability is no problem, but trying to stop or slow down is quite difficult. So I got run off with for 11 minutes on the first horse. I just put him between the flags and went whoa, whoa.

“(Cooley Master Class) I couldn’t be happier with. He’s new at this level, and started out not quite so confident and not used to the crowds. He grew in confidence as he went, which is a good sign from a course designing point of view. I couldn’t be happier with both horses,” he finished.

MHS King Joules and Cooley Master Class are both 13-year-old Irish Sport Horses.

Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred, is competing in his ninth CCI****, and their experience showed as he and Symansky, 35, Middleburg, Va., cruised around easily. “I don’t have any complaints,” she said with a smile. “He takes a bit to get into the groove, especially with the crowd. But, then it was pretty boring, he went around like clockwork. It’s a tribute to knowing the horse so well and having a great partnership with him. He tried his heart out, and I’m pleased with how he came home.”

All in all 11 pairs came home double clear around Derek Di Grazia’s course. Burton/ Nobilis 18, Townend with MHS King Joules and Cooley Master Class, Symansky/Donner, Phillip Dutton/Z, Sharon White/Cooley On Show, Erin Sylvester/ Paddy the Caddy, Will Coleman/Tight Lines, Tim Bourke/Luckaun Quality, Kelly Prather/Truly Wiley, and Savannah Fulton/Captain Jack.

Thirty-six horses finished the course, six with jumping faults. Three were eliminated and four retired on course.

Course designer di Grazia was pleased with how his course rode, even though more made the time than he was expecting. “I’m generally very happy about how the course rode,” he said. “I think the faults were spread out, quite a number clean without jumping faults and I think all the combinations rode well and at the same time (the riders) didn’t have to do them all the same way. People did things differently and it still worked out for them. And, we didn’t have any horse falls or rider injuries today, and to me that’s all a positive.

“I think that the ground ended up being quite fast today,” di Grazia continued. “(In part because) the conditions couldn’t be better. A little rain would have been different, but you never know. We also had a very good field of riders today. It may not have been a huge field, but the ones we had were good. But, they had to work at it to get there.”

In the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge, Team Germany/Great Britain/Australia/Poland (Jung/Fischerrocana FST, Burton/Nobilis 18, Oliver Townend/MHS King Joules, Pawel Spisak/Banderas) continued to domination, adding only .4 to their overnight score to stand on 86.7, over Team USA (108) and Team Canada (207.2).

The 33,323 spectators who turned out to watch cross-country were treated to gorgeous spring weather. Tomorrow’s activities get started with the final horse inspection at 8:30 a.m., with the show jumping getting underway at 1:00 p.m.

 

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