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Linda Angotsson (SWE) and Megan Jones (AUS) take the lead in the FEI Eventing World Cup Final after Dressage

The long-anticipated Final of the first FEI Eventing World Cup began today in Pau, South-western France. Forty-four riders representing Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, the USA and Ukraine performed their Dressage tests under cloudy and cold but fortunately dry skies.

The Swedish rider Linda Algotsson on Stand by Me and Australian Megan Jones on Kirby Park Irish Hallmark are equal leaders with an impressive score of 38 penalty points (74.64%). They are closely followed by the British William Fox-Pitt riding the veteran 17-year old gelding Stunning and Polly Stockton on Oscar, who are tied for the third place with 38.7 (74.2 %). And the ties don't end here. France's own Eddy Sans on Ecile and Marie Christine Duroy on Crazy Love are equal 6th with 43 (71.3%), only 5 points behind the leaders.

26-year old Megan Jones, who began her career as a groom to Olympian Wendy Schaeffer, is relatively new to the international Eventing scene as this her first high level competition outside Australia. "I am very pleased to be here," she commented. "I am looking very much forward to tomorrow's Cross Country course. It is very tough as the fences get narrower near the end and there is plenty of room for mistakes. My horse is very big and fast which makes it all the more challenging. But I haven't travelled half the globe to be slow and jump something easy. So, we'll have to jump, won't we!"

Her impressions were confirmed by Linda Algotsson, Individual silver medallist at the recent European Championship held in Punchestown (IRL) in September. "There are no fences where you can relax and you have to attack them all."

This first day of Dressage has proven a promising opening and has brought in its part of expectations and excitement. And the 27-fence Cross Country course built by designer Pierre Michelet is certain to keep up the tension.



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Updated: October 2005.