British dressage riders on form in Germany

By: Horse Deals

British dressage riders on form in Germany
Maria Eilberg and Two Sox
Maria Eilberg and Fiona Bigwood made their mark at the Wiesbaden CDI, Germany, 22-24 May, consistently placing in the top five against fierce German and Dutch competition.

Maria and Two Sox started well in the grand prix kur with third place on 68.09% while Fiona and Wie Atlantico finished fifth on 66.59%.

Germany’s Anja Plönzke and the 11-year-old Wie Weltmeyer gelding Le Mont d’Or topped the class on 68.76% with the Netherlands Hans Peter Minderhoud and IPS Tango in close second on 68.55%.

Sunday’s kür saw Maria finishing third once again on 73.55% and Fiona clinching fifth for a second time on 72.20%. Anja Plönzke doubled her wins with a score of 75.80% and Germany made it a 1-2 with Susanne Lebek and Baudolino improving to take second on 73.55%.

Maria’s father and trainer Ferdi Eilberg was pleased with the pair’s performance. "It’s a great atmosphere in Wiesbaden," he said . "There’s such a buzz, with the kür, and it can be a lot for the horses to deal with. I’m happy with Two Sox and how he held himself throughout the weekend, they both did a good consistent job."

Maria echoed her father’s comments. "It was a mega show!" said the 25-year-old. "I don’t think I’ve ever experienced quite such an atmosphere especially for the freestyle – it was absolutely electric. We had to walk through crowds to get to the arena with lots of applause for the previous rider going on all around you. Two Sox was great though, I was a bit worried with all the noise and he had a little whiz off around the arena before, but then he was fine. We had a little mistake in the ones, because we were heading straight for the crowds, but otherwise he was wonderful."

Joining Maria in Lingen will be European team member Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris and Andretti H, and Emile Faurie with Elmegardens Marquis.