|Andreas Dibowski (GER) and Mighty Magic win the CCI2* (FEI Photo)|
There was a wave of clean jumping at this weekend's Mondial du Lion CCI2* with the top four out of five competitors finishing on their dressage scores.
Germany's Andreas Dibowski proved he knew how to get the job done, taking both first and second place in the CCI2*. Dibowski and the Holsteiner Thoroughbred cross stallion Mighty Magic finished on their dressage score of 43.50 penalty points to win the Mondial du Lion CCI2* for 7 year-old horses.
Dibowski also rode his second entry, the black Hanoverian Thoroughbred cross gelding FRH Butts Avedon cleanly through both cross-country and stadium to finish in second place with 48.30 ppts.
"What a weekend" exclaimed Dibowski. "Naturally, when I arrived here, I had thought that I might win the competition, but I had not imagined that I would finish 1st and 2nd!... It was an incredible feeling!”"
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and the Spanish gelding Quimbo came in third with 50.00 penalty points.
“I can’t say that I was expecting this! Naturally, I was hoping to do well because Quimbo is so talented, but to go up from the 8th to the 3rd place was rather unexpected!...Next year he will compete in 3 star competitions. I don’t know if he will compete in Saumur or Tattersalls yet, but in any case, the objective is for him to be qualified for the Olympic Games in London.”
Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt also jumped cleanly on both his mounts, taking fourth and sixth places with the Irish Sport Horses geldings Fernhill Highlight and Bay My Hero with scores of 50.60 ppts and 51.70 respectively.
Fifth place went to Pippa Funnell (GBR) on the Irish sport Horse Billy Shannon who was in second place going into the Jumping phase with 47.20. But the mare knocked down a rail on the last effort, acquiring 4 jumping penalty points to finish with a score of 51.20 - pushing the pair down to fifth.
The CCI2* World Champion, Mighty Magic is a very popular breeding stallion, covering more than 200 mares last breeding season, both live artificially last year, but will be managed differently in future. His breedings will be limited artificial insemination. Says Dibowski "... he will be collected for eight weeks. Then in January, he will come back to my stables where he will begin his season as an eight-year-old. Breeders will have to content themselves with the number of sperm straws available, as there will not be anymore!"
For complete scores and more information, please visit: http://www.mondialdulion.com/2010/a-la-une-listes-et-classements-gb.php