France’s Maxime Livio and Raphael Cochet have taken the top two places in the dressage event of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing at the site of the 2021 European Championships in Switzerland.

The French team is off to a great start at the fourth stage of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Avenches. Maxime Livio with Elvis de Hus Z and Raphael Cochet with Difda du Very lead the way. Germany’s Elena Otto-Erley with Fines Fellow is third in the provisional individual ranking. The Swiss rider Robin Godel made an excellent start to the competition by placing fourth after the dressage with his faithful Grandeur de Lully. An individual performance that brings the Swiss team up to third place in the provisional team ranking.

Photo courtesy of Institut Equestre National Avenches.

There is no stopping Maxime Livio as he is also ranked first in the CCI3*-S category with Joel. He is followed by the Australian Kevin McNab with Vidalgo and the Swiss Anna Ilg with Cornflake Royal. Switzerland’s Felix Vogg, fresh off his win at Luhmühlen in June, took first place in the CCI2*-S class with Dao de l’Ocean.

But nothing is decided yet and all the athletes are preparing for the long awaited cross-country race which will take place tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. local / 7:00 a.m. EST on the racecourse. “The course is very similar to the one of last year’s European Championship. It is beautiful, but there are some combinations that are more difficult,” explains Robin Godel.

You can view the schedule here and follow along on the FEI YouTube channel tomorrow here.

FEI Nations Cup of Eventing CCIO4*-S (Avenches, Switzerland): [Website] [Schedule] [CCIO4* Leaderboard] [Live Stream]

Enjoy some scenes from the beautiful Avenches venue:

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