“I didn’t know what the other’s times were. I just knew that I had to go fast,” said the happy winner John McEntee. It will be the Irish junior’s last appearance in pony competitions as he will be too old next year, the same applies to the third-placed Amber Frederick. Runner-up Claudia Moore, who will be 15 this coming Tuesday, does not yet know whether she will be competing in Mechelen.
Timo Leonhardt from the sponsors Ensinger Mineral-Heilquellen, who rides himself, was thrilled by the “quality of the horses and the riders”. Germany’s head coach for the pony division, Karl Brocks, praised the “super crowd” in Stuttgart as well as the performances of the top three competitors. “Their riding is on a par with the seniors.”