The huge crowd at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** roared home Germany’s Michael Jung, cheering loudly at the finish of the cross-country to show their appreciation of a true horseman.
However, although the Olympic, World and European champion has retained his lead on La Biosthetique Sam FBW after the first two phases, he will need all his famous reserves of calm tomorrow. He does not have a fence in hand over New Zealander Jock Paget, who was immaculate on Clifton Promise and lies in second place.
Olympic, World and European Champion Michael Jung of Germany punched the air in a rare show of emotion as he left the dressage arena at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (England).
Jung, who is competing for the first time at Badminton, was visibly thrilled by the crowd’s response to his superb test on La Biosthetique Sam, which earned a mark of 36.0 penalties and gives him a fractional lead going into tomorrow’s cross-country phase.
Three of the world’s greatest equestrian shows—the CHIO Aachen (Germany), the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament (Alberta) and CHI Geneva—have joined forces to create the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping; the first global initiative to reward the outstanding rider who wins the Grand Prix at each show in succession. The winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will be rewarded with a €1 million bonus prize.
The ground jury for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Grand Prix has denied the protest filed April 25 by Swedish rider Patrik Kittel about flowers around the dressage arena. Some of the flowers were not around the ring for the arena familiarization period. Kittel's horse, Watermill Scandic HBC, spooked in the first extended trot movement in the Grand Prix test, and Kittel filed an official protest with the Gothenburg show office. Kittel finished 10th in the class.
In the face of overwhelming response from its membership and requests to host U.S. Equestrian Federation Town Hall Meetings in many cities around the country, USEF staff and leadership have opted to host a Town Hall Meeting to be broadcast live on USEF Network on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced that Caroline Roffman, Wellington, Fla., has been awarded a Dutta Corp. sponsored flight to compete and train in Europe. Roffman will ride Sagacious HF in the FEI U-25 Division at various European CDI competitions.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has awarded training and competition grants to 10 dressage athlete/horse combinations. These grants will help these combinations take part in CDI competitions throughout Europe in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France). Grants were awarded based on international competition experience and the athlete’s prospect of contributing to a team or individual medal at the 2014 WEG.
The following 10 combinations have been awarded grants (listed in alphabetical order):