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German riders did not leave any room for their rivals in the Top 3 of the individual final at the FEI Pony European Championships in Strzegom. 

The riders proved that them and their ponies are in amazing shape, after taking home the team gold medal on Thursday. Today the win went to Lilly Marie Collin aboard the 7-year-old Cosmo Callidus NRW, with the score of 77,865%. It is the rider’s first-time appearance at the European Championships, and she has only just begun her international career back in March of this year. Second place and the silver medal went to Mia Allegra Lohe with Tovdals Golden Future Imperial - 76,243%, and bronze to Julie Sofie Schmitz-Heinen with Carleo Go - 75,460%.
Home rider Veronica Pawluk with D'Artagnan 187 finished 8th, with a score of 73,703%. Tomorrow the dressage riders will battle it out in the Freestyle competition. 
Saturday’s cross-country trial brought major changes to the team leaderboard. Out of the 42 rounds we saw 13 clears, but even the some of the best pairs did not avoid mistakes. A run-out at the last combination of the French rider Zoe Ballot with Voltair de Lalande was certainly an unexpected surprise. The new drop score cost the French team their lead and knocked them down into third, with the score of 100,9. Brilliant clears from three Irish team members meant that the squad has moved up into the leading position, staying on their dressage score of 92,1. Second place still belongs to Germany, with 94,4. 
Individually the leader is still the defender of the championship title – France’s Mae Rinaldi aboard Boston du Verdon, with 25,6, who finished clear and perfectly inside the optimum time. 
Germany’s Merle Hoffmann jumped up into the second place with Penny Lane WE (27 penalties), and Ireland’s Josh Williamson went into third riding Ardeo Fireman – 28,2. 
Tomorrow the eventers will face the last part of the equestrian triathlon – the showjumping. After that we will witness the fight of Europe’s best jumpers in the individual final of their discipline.  
Dressage individual final - medalists
1. Lilly Marie Collin, Cosmo Callidus NRW - 77,865%
2. Mia Allegra Lohe, Tovdals Golden Future Imperial - 76,243%
3. Julie Sofie Schmitz-Heinen, Carleo Go - 75,460%
8. Veronica Pawluk, D'Artagnan 187, Polska - 73,703%

Photo: Mariusz Chmieliński