Russia will be embodied by a Dressage team at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 after claiming the single spot on offer at the Group C Olympic Dressage qualifier staged at Maxima Park in Moscow (RUS) today. Group C covers Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia, embracing a total of 29 National Federations from FEI Regional Groups l, ll, and lll, and the hosts pinned Belarus into runner-up spot in an exciting contest. Olympic Dressage fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Dressage tickets online.
“It was the first time I performed in my motherland; usually I perform in Europe where sometimes I am the only member under the flag of Russia at the event. Here I feel great support and at the same time all of us feel a big responsibility in this tournament. I fully concentrated on my performance, and each of us did everything for the sake of this victory today!” said Russia’s Tatyana Kosterina.
And the talented team from Belarus was gracious in defeat. “We are not rivals, we are all friends here. Of course, the Russian team is very strong. I think that we also managed to perform our best. We have a very young team” said Hanna Karasiova.
Svetlana Evschik, Chef d’Equipe for Belarus, said during the team’s announcement press conference that “the absolute leader of our team is Anna Karasiova and her horse Zodiac. There was a short period when she did not perform but nevertheless, she showed good results in Nizhny Novgorod World Cup leg and we hope that the same will happen now.
Volha Ihumentsava competed at the European Championship but her horse was injured a year ago and in April 2019 it just took its first start after recovering. The fourth rider is a young athlete who can still compete in the U-25 category – Anastasiya Dudkova”, she explained.
Davydova (35), who along with Kosterina and Sidneva was a member of the Russian team that finished tenth at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon, USA, threw down the Russian challenge with a highly competitive score of 69.022 from her dark-bay KWPN mare, awakening. And when Kosterina (41) backed that up with 69.087 from her mare Diavolessa VA, then the hosts were already looking very confident.
The Swedish spectators fell in love with Regina Isachkina’s (48) fabulous black stallion, Sun of My Life, at this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Gothenburg (SWE) where they finished 15th.
Last to go, this lady whose career highlights include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, three FEI World Equestrian Games, five FEI Dressage WC Finals and six European Championships produced an effortless performance from the 10-year-old gelding Fuhur who, with the utmost composure, presented fabulous passage, piaffe and tempi changes to top the individual scoreboard with 72.022.
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