I dag var det mye bra riding og to 10Â´ere ble gitt ut.
Det er positivt Ã¥ se at flere ryttere, selv om det fortsatt er fÃ¥, nÃ¥ rir med hjelm ogsÃ¥ i dressuren. Blant annet Ingrid Klimpke og Dirk Schrade fra Tyskland. Det er nok sannsynlig at om noen Ã¥r kommer alle til Ã¥ bruke hjelm selv i dressur.
Stafano Brecciaroli, Italia, og hesten Apollo VD Wendi Kurt Hoeve ligger som nummer to, mens Dirk Schrade, Tyskland, og King Artus er pÃ¥ en forelÃ¸pig tredjeplass. Rolex Grand Slam of Eventings priskandidat Willian Fox-Pitt og Parklane Hawk ligger pÃ¥ femte, med Andrew Nicholson fra New Zealand pÃ¥ sjetteplass foran morgendagens terrengprÃ¸ve.
PÃ¥ Badminton for feltritt.com; Ã˜ystein Geitz og Ann Magrit Drivenes
Her fÃ¸lger intervjuer med flere av rytterne. Kilde: Revolution Sports and Entertainment:
Dirk Schrade er en av flere som nå rir dressurprøven med sikkerhetshjelm. (Foto: Geitz/Drivenes)
* Michael Jung riding La Biostethetique Sam
Q. Michael Â– that looked great Â– how was it?
My horse was very concentrated and I feel it in the warm up Â– heÂ’s very relaxed and concentrate to me and not to the spectators - I can ride him and touch him to the legs OK and he feels really good.
Q. Any difficult moments?
Yes, just in the walk and the stop and rein back. Yes, ok he is a little bit nervous but I think it was very good for the horse for this stadium.
Q. What about tomorrow Â– what are your thoughts on this particular horse?
I think itÂ’s a very, very nice cross country Â– you have long ways Â– you can go really fast forward and you can have time enough to prepare the next jump. ItÂ’s a really good building from the course designer. You have a few jumps to go into the course and many tricky fences but I think we can see a very nice course.
Q. What will you do tonight?
Eat, drink, relax and then have fun tomorrow!
* Andrew Nicholson riding Nereo:
Q. Andrew Â– quite a good mark Â– how was the test Â– did you feel it went as well as it could have done?
The walk isnÂ’t the easiest Â– naturally he hasnÂ’t got a brilliant walk, just with the photographers and the clicking of the cameras it got him a little jig joggy and it make the rein back a bit quicker than it should be, but otherwise I thought he was very good.
Q. Quite a few riders have mentioned the clicking on the cameras Â– is that more unusual?
ThatÂ’s part of these big events Â– now I suppose there are more taking photos Â– its all noticeable, but just part of the sport. If the wind was perhaps blowing in a different direction then you never know, but its part of it all and youÂ’ve just got to take it as it is.
Q. At the moment we believe you are lying into 6th place Â– what are you feeling now on the whole competition, trying to win your first Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam prize?
Â“What score is Michael on?Â” HeÂ’s on 36.0. Â“And what am I on?Â” 40.3. Â“ItÂ’s near enough!Â”
I donÂ’t like being in the lead after the dressage Â– I was in the lead after the dressage here once before and I finished second. And I was in second place in Kentucky last week and then won - so IÂ’ll stick to that!
Q. What are you going to do now?
IÂ’ve pretty thoroughly walked the cross-country course and know where IÂ’m going on there. The horses will just be worked a bit tomorrow and then weÂ’ll come out and scorch around there!
* William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk
Q. William Â– are you disappointed with the mark, did you feel you did better?
IÂ’m very pleased with Parklane Hawk Â– he did a lovely test. ItÂ’s a shame that he made a bit of a fluff of the rein back Â– we donÂ’t normally do that. I think it was just nerves and the excitement and youÂ’ve got all the cameras this year right behind them. I could feel him not really focusing on me and he lost his focus of attention for a second Â– but he came back really well and I was very, very pleased with how he went.
Q. You mentioned the cameras Â– does it still effect such experienced horses?
I think not normally it would. He is a thoroughbred horse, a sensitive horse Â– for my other horse Oslo it probably wouldnÂ’t affect him at all Â– he is a real show-off and would have benefitted from a good blasting wind and a few more people cheering because he is that sort of horse. Whereas Parklane Hawk would definitely have felt it a little bit. But he has done three majors and coped very well with them Â– heÂ’s got a very good brain.
Q. You held it together in there nevertheless, so what about tomorrow?
IÂ’m looking forward to tomorrow Â– it will be an exciting day. I am looking forward to riding both my horses around Badminton Â– neither of them have done Badminton before, but both are really up for the challenge and are fit and well.
We are hoping that it is a tough course Â– I certainly am, especially not being in the lead after the Dressage myself, so I shall be hoping it causes plenty of trouble!
Q. I have to mention the Rolex Grand Slam Â– is it on your mind at all?
Once the dressage is over Â– youÂ’ve got to do your best Â– the order has been set and you just have to get on with it. I think now what will happen will happen Â– theyÂ’ve definitely put up a challenge out there and lets hope it proves one!