Jung and Townend go head to head at Strzegom

first_imgGermany’s Michael Jung and Britain’s Oliver Townend, both winners of HSBC World Cup™ Eventing competitions this season, go head to head at Strzegom (POL) this weekend (June 24-27) as they both bid to take over the lead in the 2010 rankings from Australian Megan Jones, who has scored a win and a second place in the series so far.Jung, who had an incredible season in 2009, winning Luhmühlen and a European bronze medal on La Biosthetique Sam, is already a winner at this Polish venue having scored at the HSBC World Cup™ Eventing Final here last year.In contrast, Townend made an early exit at Strzegom last year; having led the Dressage phase, he suffered an unlucky fall on the flat across country when Flint Curtis lost a shoe.Jung kicked off his 2010 campaign with a win at Marbach (GER) last month on Sam and he brings this horse to Strzegom, plus Weidezaunprofi’s River Of Joy and Leopin; Townend, who won at Tattersalls (IRL) on Ashdale Cruise Master, travels to Poland with ODT Master Rose and Brigadier, a new ride this season.Word has spread about the excellent competition offered at Strzegom, especially Rudiger Schwarz’s Cross-Country course, and the HSBC FEI World Cup™ has attracted an impressive 39 entries from 13 nations. But the combination in the limelight will be Olympic Champion Hinrich Romeike (GER) and his 16-year-old superstar Marius Voight-Logistik, a veteran of six consecutive championships. Following the grey gelding’s lay-off through injury, Romeike is now on the qualifying trail for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in September. And local interest will centre on Pawel Spisak (POL) and Weriusz, the combination which thrilled the home crowd last year when claiming a seventh-place finish.Follow the event on www.worldcupstrzegom.pl/enFEI TV: Highlights of Strzegom will be shown on FEI TV (www.feitv.org)Calendar of events1. Tallahassee (USA), 5-7 March 22. Kihikihi (NZL), 2-4 April3. Sydney (AUS), 7-9 May4. Marbach (GER), 7-9 May5. Chatsworth (GBR), 15-16 May6. Tattersalls (IRL), 27-30 May7. Strzegom (POL), 24-27 June8. Minsk (BLR), 21-25 July9. Rebecca Farm, Kalispell (USA), 22-25 July10. Malmö (SWE), 13-15 August11. Haras du Pin (FRA), 18-22 August12. Schenefeld (GER), 26-29 August More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Email*center_img Standings (after 6 of 12 events)1 Megan Jones (AUS) 138 points2 = Clarke Johnston (NZL) 1282= Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 1284 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 1195 Andrew Downes (GBR) 1046 Mary King (GBR) 747= Mara Dean (USA) 717= Chris Burton (AUS) 717 = Michael Jung (GER) 717 = Sam Griffiths (AUS) 717 = Oliver Townend (GBR) 71 We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more