Leaderboard shuffle after XC at FEI Junior Euro Champs

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Leaders Anna Wilks and Touch of Pleasure clear the massive Elephant Trap at 7 

Cross-country at the FEI European Junior Championships 2014 proved challenging  with a major shake-up on the leader board today. Ten of the 70 starters were eliminated , 18 finished with jumping penalties and only a few finished inside optimum time. The course’s hilly terrain made time difficult to make. The direct line at the angled two stride brushes to the corner at 14, 15AB was a challenge that a staggering majority of the riders turned down as they took the long route adding at least ten seconds to their times. The five riders who did tackle the direct route corner, did not have any issues. It is going to be a nail biter tomorrow with the top seven riders all within a rail of the gold medal. The top three teams are separated by three rails and a time fault.

Top 5 teams
Gold: Germany 139.2
Silver: Ireland 149.1
Bronze: France 151.4
4th: Great Britain 162.1
5th: Netherlands 166.0

Team Germany
The Germans captured the gold medal position with Rebecca-Juana Gerken and Flora Reemtsma producing double clears and dressage leader Jerome Robine only adding three time penalties to his score of 40. Tina Kruger, who is riding as an individual is currently the highest placed German, sitting in the silver medal spot. Only .3 points separate her from Brit, Anna Wilks who is sitting on top of the leader board.

Team Ireland
The Irish held onto their silver medal spot. Team member, Cathal Daniels sits in the individual bronze position and it is well deserved. This 17 year old, had a textbook ride today and is certainly a talent to watch out for in the future. Only .5 points away from gold, don’t count him out as the winner tomorrow.

Team France
The French riders were on task and sprung up from fourth to the bronze medal position. Justine Lacroix, Victor Burtin and Maicke Bleuze all blazed around cross-country adding only 11 time penalties to their team’s score. Notably, the French girls were all sporting long ponytails flying free in the wind as they rode around today. No hair nets must be a new style, the French are notoriously fashion forward!

Team Great Britain
The Brits dropped hard to fourth from gold after losing Emily King and Brookleigh’s counting score of a 42.30 when they fell at fence seven, the Elephant Trap. Luckily, both were up on their feet and appear to be OK. This means that Great Britain has to count Katie Bleloch’s score of a 75.30 as she picked up a stop and added a few time penalties. However, Anna Wilks now sits in the gold medal position with high hopes of taking that medal home.

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All images from FEI TV

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