Nine horses have cantered down the center line thus far today, and it’s Swiss rider Felix Vogg who tops the leaderboard at the lunch break. There is a 21-point difference between first and ninth position at the moment, which leaves a wide window for the next 10 riders set to ride today, and the following 22 riders to come tomorrow.
Vogg laid down a 28.0 aboard Jurgen Vogg’s Westphalian gelding, Colero (Captain Fire x Bonita). “I’m quite pleased,” exclaimed Vogg. “He (Colero) doesn’t take this atmosphere too serious, with last year having been at WEG, so you have to [wake him up] a little bit. I was quite lucky that Hallie [Coon] got some applause before I went in, and that wakes him up a little bit. So yeah, I was quite pleased.”
Vogg is a Swiss rider who lives in Singen, Germany, but has been based in the United States since February of 2018. He trains with Boyd Martin’s wife Silva Martin in the dressage phase and stated “it works out quite well because she’s German and I’m used to that. I’m based with Boyd and Silva right now, but on Sunday I’m moving back to Germany.”
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp sits in second place on a 30.9 aboard the Deniro Syndicate & Ocala Horse Properties’ KWPN gelding, Deniro Z. “I’m really pleased with Deniro. “He tried really really hard,” Halliday-Sharp said of Deniro Z. “The flying changes are our biggest nemesis, and those did us in the ring. But, he pushed hard, he worked hard, he tried his guts out. I thought the mark was a bit unfair because I think he did enough good things to hopefully be in the 20’s, but that’s where we are, so I’m disappointed with the mark, but pleased with the horse.”
Buck Davidson rounds out the top three at the lunch break with Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Irish Sport Horse gelding, Park Trader. The pair scored a respectable 32.1 which should remain competitive throughout the weekend.
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