Bologna, September 15, 2023 – The team Germany leads the Junior Championship with 77.30 negative points while the British team is on the lead in the YR competition with a total score of 86.70.
In the individual competitions, Germany dominates both classes with Junior Smilla Maline Philipp on Sir Boggles (23.50) and Young Rider Isabella Von Roeder on Bob (25.50).
Among the Junior teams, Great Britain (81.40) and France (82.30) occupy second and third place respectively. In the Young Rider Championship, Ireland is second (90.20) and Germany scores another precious third place (90.60).
Italy is fifth in both Championships.
Smilla Maline and Isabella… talking about leaders
Soon seventeen – at the end of October -, a face like a beauty products model, Smilla Maline Philippinherited her passion for horses from her father, who is also an eventer. Smilla lives in Elsdorf, near Hamburg. «This is my second European Championship. Last years, in Hartpury (GBR), I topped the provisional ranking after dressage in first position too and I was nineth in the overall ranking. My goal in Montelibretti is to do a better job. The facility is super and I can’t wait to defend my leadership on the cross-country course. Sir Bogges is 15 years old, which means he is a very experienced horse that has already achieved very good results in level four stars competitions with Peter Thomsen».
In her first year in the young rider division and, above all, in her first ever championship, Isabella Von Roeder, nineteen years old, was unbeatable in the dressage test.
«I was really looking for a result like this and everything went well. I am at my first experience in a European Championship and I got my qualification for Montelibretti only recently, with my fifth place in the German Championships held in July in Luehmuehlen. This is my second three-star ‘long format’ competition. I am the least experienced in my team and that’s the reason why I’m competing as an individual. But I am still the main supporter of the other four girls in the team. Bob, my horse, is 12 years old and we’ve been together for three years. He is a fantastic and strongly committed competitor. Our goal now is to keep concentration: the competition has just stated».
PROGRAMME & TV STREAMING
Tomorrow, September the 16th, the thrilling cross-country test will take the stage (Junior 9:30 am; Young Riders 2:00 pm).
Sunday, September the 17th, the final show jumping tests will award the team and individual medals (Junior 11:00 am; Young Rider 02:00 pm)