There is no stopping German eventer Michael Jung, as the world and olympic champion has just won the final leg of the FEI world cup eventing series at Haras du Pin in France (22-26 August).
Belgium's Karin Donckers was in the lead after the cross-country phase and last to go in the showjumping. Michael had put the pressure on with a perfect clear just before she went in, and unfortunately for Karin she couldn’t match it. Four faults pushed her down to third place, leaving Michael in the top spot once again.
French rider Pascal Leroy also rode a clear round which put him in second place, much to the delight of the home crowd. This was his horse, Minos de Petra’s first competition following a short break due to an injury back in May.
Michael’s top horse La Biosthetique-Sam is currently on holiday following the Olympics, but his stunning gelding Halunke was more than up to the job, despite his young years.
"I liked the cross-country very much; my horse is only eight years old but he did it very well,” Michael said. “Yesterday after the cross-country I felt that he was a little bit tired, but today he showed that he was still fresh and that he was powerful on the jumping, even if he was a little bit nervous because of the public, which he isn't used to because he is a young horse."
Representing Britain was Emily Baldwin who led after the dressage phase, but then dropped to eighth place with 8.8 cross-country time penalties. She finished a very respectable fifth, following a lovely clear in the showjumping with her 16-year-old gelding Drivetime.
The FEI world cup eventing series is for individual riders at CIC*** level, and points gained at the various events around Europe count towards a final classification.