Michael Jung and Star Connection were the pair to beat at Longines Pfingst Turnier Wiesbaden, after the leaderboard saw a shake-up before cross country even started with Julia Krajewski withdrawing leader Samourai du Thot.
Star Connection hadn’t competed in a CCI4*-S since Jardy 2017 when he won the ERM leg, but it looked like he hadn’t missed a beat as he skipped around Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross country course.
Michael was up on the clock as he entered the main arena for the final portion of the track, and he cruised home with 1.2 time penalties to take the win for Germany on a final score of 23.4.
“He’s a really, really nice horse,” Michael said. “He has a lot of quality in all three disciplines, and he has a super brain. He’s very easy to ride, and I’m very happy to have him back.”
Force to be reckoned with
Australia’s Chris Burton proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with on cross country, as he delivered the fastest round of the day aboard Lawtown Chloe to move from fifth up to second place and finish on his dressage score of 28.3.
As to whether the mare will be his go-to ERM horse for the remainder of the season: “If she keeps going like this, I’ll certainly ask her to. We’re delighted that she went so well — and what a great show we’ve had in Wiesbaden.”
Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob, who set the ERM dressage record of 16.4 yesterday but slipped down the leaderboard with three rails in show jumping, found redemption on cross country.
A clear round inside the time boosted Ingrid and “Bobby” back onto the podium to finish third on 28.4.
“It was really so much fun, and he really loves it,” said Ingrid. “From fence to fence, he went faster — ears in front looking. It really was pure fun to ride him around here. Thank you to the big crowd for cheering us on.”
Looking to the series standings after Leg 2, Laura Collett and Michael Jung are now tied for the lead with 30 points, giving them the chance to fight for end-of-season honours and a £30,000 prize.
The third leg of the 2019 Event Rider Masters heads to Arville in Belgium on the 22 and 23 June.
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