There’s still quite a bit of red, yellow and black at the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of Rolex FEI Show Jumping World Cup action, but today’s individual winners ride under Canada’s crimson and white.
It’s not just the FEI World Cup riders who traveled from the United States to Germany. Six of the top young riders are competing here in the European Youngster Cup, a championship competition for riders under age 25.
It’s a German sweep on the first day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final, as riders from the host country claimed first, second and third in the speed leg this afternoon. The U.S. riders had mixed results, with three competitors in the top 12, but others far down the standings.
Marco Kutscher leads the pack after a smooth round aboard the veteran Cash 63. “The main goal today was to jump clear and be efficient. I am somewhat surprised that in the end I won, and I was very happy,” Kutscher said.