At the midway stage of the second day of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials German rider Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob have taken second position. It is of course no surprise to find this accomplished lady close to the top of the board and dressage leader Andrew Nicholson would have been watching closely and perhaps surprised and relieved that possibly his biggest threat at this stage did not take pole position.
Ingrid and Bob performed a tidy and consistent test, she received a string of 8’s for her riding. There was just a moment of distraction in the walk, when Bob broke into trot and came a little tense. Ingrid explained the reason for this momentary lapse was that Bob, who was keen on hunting in his early years, had heard hounds.
The baying of the Duke of Beauforts at certain times of the day is another unique feature of this event. Perhaps this may turn out to be Ingrid’s ‘if only’ moment especially as the blonde 47year-old is seemingly confident about tomorrow’s cross country.
“I am really looking forward to it,” said Ingrid who was second here in 2006 with Sleep Late. “I have my plan and I really trust him, there is nothing to worry about”.
Andrew Nicholson still has a relatively healthy lead of just under three penalties while Ingrid is now just one penalty ahead of Jock Paget (NZL).
German rider Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 have made it into the top six in fifth place and Irish rider Aoife Clark is currently sixth. Kristina Cook is currently Britain’s highest placed rider with her homebred 12 year-old De Novo News, in 7th place.
There is still plenty of talent to come after the lunch break not least British riders Oliver Townend and William Fox-Pitt as well as New Zealander Husband and wife team of Jonelle and Tim Price and Jock Paget comes again with his second ride Clifton Lush.