|German Coach, Chris Bartle | Walking The Lines|
Karin Dockers is one of the best riders we've had in Europe in recent years, and I have to say I completely over looked her as I hadn't bothered looking up this horse's form, but she's currently lying in fourth on 38.8, a decent improvement in dressage over the last year.
Becky Holder, currently in 5th, I'm completely surprised at! Surprised she wasn't put on the team as the front runner, both her and the horse have a pretty decent record, and are in form this year.
So the gaping chasm between the Germans (they have all 6 riders in the top 15!) and the British is why I said this is the most important phase, in an earlier post. This 14pt lead provides both a good physiological boost, and allows Chris Bartle and the Germans to look at riding the best lines tomorrow, not necessarily the riskiest and fastest lines. Jumping cleanly over these cross country fences will become vital by Sunday, as clear rounds on Sunday will secure the medals. Just watch the Australians and New Zealanders, they'll be be riding a slightly risker line throughout the course, particularly if the time looks unachievable.
|The Cross Country Course Is Well Watered But....|
|The XC Warm-up | Watering Over Looked!|
There are just 10 points separating the top 15, that's about 4 seconds on the cross country, so expect some adventurous rounds. There really are too many 'one's to watch' to list, so just watch the lot.
Time to ditch the stove pipes, and don the ridiculous bibs.....let's off road!
(I'll hunt around for some links to others' thoughts on cross country to add here)