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Saarten-Union's Charlie Weld 7 y.o. world champion

18-10-2009

Saarten-Union's Charlie Weld and Kai Rüder (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
Saarten-Union's Charlie Weld and Kai Rüder (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
German Kai Rüder was already highly placed with his Hanoverian Saarten-Union's Charlie Weld in the championships last year and put himself in the lead already on the first day of dressage at the championships this year. In the cross country he was once again supreme, so even though he knocked down a poll in the show jumping final, no one else could claim the gold.

GOLD
HANN Saarten-Union's Charlie Weld by Connery
GER Kai Rüder

SILVER
SF Oslo by Lando
GBR William Fox-Pitt

BRONZE
SF Opgun Louvo by Shogoun II
GER Sandra L

For complete list of results in 7 y.o. class see here.
Oslo and William Fox-Pitt (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
Oslo and William Fox-Pitt (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
Opgun Louvo and Sandra Auffarth  (Photo: Ridehesten.com).
Opgun Louvo and Sandra Auffarth (Photo: Ridehesten.com).

Sunday afternoon 47 riders and their horses were expected to take part in the final show jumping test. This proved hard for the competitors: both in terms of being clear and finishing the round within the time allowed. Only 13 riders and their horses managed to do so.
Among them were Sébastien Cavaillon and Only One du Reverdy, Karim Laghouah and Chicago van’t Zonneveld, Hervé Letheux and Only You de la Triballe and Donatien Schauly and Ocarina du Bois, the best placed French rider and horse, finishing in 6th place in the final line-up.
Sweden’s Malin Larsson and Barny 47 were clear and finished 5th, just behind Pippa Funnell and Billy Landretti, who completed the Championships magnificently with a clear round in the arena.
Sandra Auffarth finished third. The young 22-year-old German rider paid great attention during her round with her Selle Français horse Ogpun Mouvo. They finished clear but with one time fault.
William Fox-Pitt and Oslo were clear but they also had two time faults.
When he entered the arena, Kai Rüder knew that he had four jumping faults and a few time faults in hand. And he had one down with Charlie Weld. This was the only mistake made by the German rider and his horse, who won the event with style. 3rd in the World Championships for Young 6-year old Eventing Horses last year, Saatens-Unions Charlie Weld is therefore the new World Champion for Young 7-year old Eventing Horses.

The cross country test for 7-year old horses proved to be harder and more technical than that of last year. The optimal time of 9'50 was not easy to achieve, as the competitors had expected: only 16 riders and horses managed to complete the course within the time and did not have any difficulties.
In particular the Lion d'Angers Cottage (No. 24) created its own share of problems. 11 riders suffered refusals on this fence.
- Above all No. 24 caused problems for horses which were tired, analyzed William Fox-Pitt afterwards.
William Fox-Pitt was nonetheless delighted by the performance of Oslo on the cross country course. A round without any difficulties and within the allowed time, which allowed the British pair that won the championships last year to move up to 3rd place.