Switzerland is in the lead in the temporary placings at the Longines FEI European Championship in Riesenbeck following the first qualifying rounds that finished this afternoon. The Swiss team finished on a total of 5.47 penalties in front of Germany on 8.77 and Sweden on 11.59. There were fifteen teams competing with Turkey and the Czech Republic having only three riders each.

Switzerland is also leading the temporary individual ranking with current European Champion Martin Fuchs riding his grey Leone Jei with whom he has formed an extraordinary partnership.

The course built by German chef de piste Frank Rothenberger and his team was demanding as expected at a European Championship with 14 jumps including a triple and a double, (vertical-oxer-vertical and a double of oxers), a water jump and an oxer over a ditch, all measuring 1.60 m.

The beautiful grass arena at the centre is surrounded by the splendid facilities of the Riesenbeck International.
The second team competition is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday September 3rd at 1 pm in which the best ten teams in today’s ranking will compete for the team medals as will those in the teams excluded on condition that they are in the top 50 of the provisional individual classification.

See individual rand team esults here

Image: Martin Fuchs (SUI) rides Leone Jei currently leads in the individual competition at the Longines FEI Jumping European Championship 2021 Riesenbeck (GER)-FEI/Christophe Taniere