The big Gothenburg wall was the undoing of Denmark’s Soren Pedersen and Norway’s Marit Haar Skollerud eliminated at it, and the Netherlands’ Marc Houtzager, who misjudged the approach and crashed through the wall along with his horse.
Fortunately, the pair managed to right themselves and they recovered sufficiently to finish the course. The final jump on the course also fell a lot, largely at crucial moments as riders felt they were safe and seemed to let down their guards.
Marcus Ehning and Laura Klaphake jumped a super round to take the lead, and we the eagle-eyed could spot a cheerful Isabell Werth supporting her fellow countryman in the Kiss and Cry.
Ireland had some fabulous moments thanks to clears from Cian O’Connor and Shane Sweetnam. Bertram Allen, however, was eliminated in a very nerve-wracking moment after his horse crashed through fence number 10 twice, sending both rider and horse into the ground on the second attempt.
Luckily they both walked away unscathed but one does have to wonder about Ireland’s chances today as they will be a three-man team with Bertram’s grey stallion not looking the most confident at the moment. Denis Lynch looked to be home dry but unfortunately knocked the last pole on an otherwise super round, as did Douglas Lindelow riding a crucial round for the home nation directly after Denis.