|Le Pin-au-Haras, FRA, Sept. 16, 2022 – On the second day of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Driving Championship, Single Horse, Kelly Houtappels-Bruder sits in second place in a field of 66 athlete and horse combinations, held from Sept. 15 – 18, 2022 in Le Pin-au-Haras, FRA.|
Houtappels-Bruder, who is currently ranked third in FEI world rankings along with Flip (Fidertanz x Carprilli), a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding whom she co-owns with her husband Frank Houtappels, delivered an exceptional performance in the Dressage phase of the Championships. Houtappels-Bruder, originally from Ariss, ON, residing in Steensel, NED, finished with 41.59 penalties and a score of 74.0% to hold the silver medal position in the Championship standings going into day three.
“Flip was so good today!” shared the 41-year-old Houtappels-Bruder.“Everything came together and the test was the best one we have ever driven. We have been working toward the Championships all year and he’s peaked at just the right time.”
After walking the course, she is now looking ahead to tomorrow. “It will be a very challenging marathon in front of us,” said Houtappels-Bruder. “It is going to ask a lot of the horses. There are 129 balls in the obstacles so the results will be interesting – anything can happen!”
The athlete and horse combinations will switch their focus to the marathon stage on Saturday before moving onto the cones phase on Sunday.
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