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Nicholson still on top, but Germany closes in

When I went into walk, he heard some dogs barking and because he has been hunting before, he thought, ‘Hounds! Let’s go hunting’!"

Ingrid Klimke

Ingrid Klimke Interview

Friday morning saw some changes at the top of the dressage leaderboard at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson still holds the lead with Nereo on a score of 37.8, but dressage specialist Ingrid Klimke (Germany) coaxed a brilliant performance from her ride, Horseware Hale Bob, to slot into second on 40.2. The pair produced some stunning trot and canter work, but a blip in the walk prevented her breaking into the 30s.

“I was really pleased with the trot work; he opened up and felt really expressive in his extensions, and he was smooth and supple,” said Ingrid. “But then when I went into walk, he heard some dogs barking and because he has been hunting before, he thought, ‘Hounds! Let’s go hunting’! I had to say to him, ‘No, no, Bobby, we’re doing dressage’! Then he put his head right up in the halt and he wasn’t on the bit. But in the canter he was good again and it felt very smooth.”

New Zealander Jock Paget drops to third place with Clifton Promise (41.2), ahead of the young German Niklas Bschorer and Tom Tom Go 3 (42.1).

Good tests this morning came from Germany’s Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 (42.8), Ireland’s Aoife Clark and Vaguely North (42.9) and Britain’s Tina Cook and De Novo News (43.3) leaves them in the current top 10 in fifth, sixth and seventh place.