Aachen – Endurance: Top weather conditions Belgian team takes the lead

"The weather couldn't be better. Not too cool and not too warm, ideal for the World Championships of the endurance riders," swarmed the veterinary Dr. Juliette Mallison"The weather couldn't be better. Not too cool and not too warm, ideal for the World Championships of the endurance riders," swarmed the veterinary Dr. Juliette Mallison

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"The weather couldn't be better. Not too cool and not too warm, ideal for the World Championships of the endurance riders," swarmed the veterinary Dr. Juliette Mallison (Göttingen) late on Morning morning. The endurance riders had already put scores of kilometres behind them at this point. The starting signal for the endurance ride, which covers in total 160 kilometres in six legs, had already sounded at 6.00 a.m. on the outskirts of the Soers show grounds: First of all the 157 participants from 42 nations set off to the central vet gate at the border triangle in Vaals, the Netherlands. From here the route led through Belgium, gradually looping back to the main vet gate.

After the first two legs (57km) the Belgian team was in front, followed by Australia, Portugal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Germany. After a third of the distance, the Australian rider, Peter Toft, was heading the individual classification. Unfortunately, the hitherto best German rider, Melanie Arnold (14th) was forced to withdraw after the third section of the route: The vets didn't give her 13-year-old mare, Nadira, the green light to continue with the competition.

Results:
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Halftime after three legs
Belgian team proving to be superior (Preliminary result)

The Belgian team is preparing to take the gold medal at the World Championships of the endurance riders: After half of the 160 km long ride has been completed, the Belgian riders have a good lead ahead of the teams from Australia (2nd), New Zealand (3rd), Portugal (4th), Switzerland (5th), Bahrain (6th), Great Britain (7th), France (8th), The Netherlands (9th) and the USA. After the preliminary results, the host country Germany is only lying in 11th place.

The Australian rider, Peter Toft, is ahead in the individual classification after the halfway mark, followed by Howard James Harris, New Zealand. Sheik Rashid bin Mohd Al Maktoum and his brother Sheik Hamdan from the United Arab Emirates are occupying third and fourth place. However, the royal family members are no longer in the running for a team medal since the other riders in their squad were eliminated.

A considerable number of horses were withdrawn during the first three legs: 50 horses were either not allowed to continue after the horse inspections at the vet gates or the riders retired. This also applies to the German riders, Melanie Arnold and Marianne HŠhnel, for them the World Championships came to a very early close.

The best German competitor is Sabrina Arnold, who was in 12th position at halftime. Her team colleagues, Belinda Hitzler and Susanne Kaufmann, are currently lying 59th and 63rd.

The riders had already spent hours in the saddle before finishing the first half of the route. The starting signal for the endurance ride, which covers in total 160 kilometres in six legs, had already sounded at 6.00 a.m. on the outskirts of the Soers show grounds: First of all the 157 participants from 42 nations set off to the central vet gate at the border triangle in Vaals, the Netherlands. From here the route looped through German, Belgium and Dutch territory.