European Vaulting Championships for Seniors: Triple Gold for Germany, Italy Takes Pas de Deux

Germany aboard Danny Boy 25 (FEI/Liz Gregg)

First ever Championship titles for German individuals Kristina Boe and Erik Oese and Italian pair Stopazzini and Lupacchini

The FEI European Vaulting Championships for Seniors, hosted in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, once again showed Germany’s dominance in the sport winning three out of the four gold medals on offer, Team gold, individual female for Kristina Boe and Erik Oese winning the individual male, whilst Silvia Stopazzini as Lorenzo Lupacchini made history for Italy with the pas de deux gold.

Kristina Boe put on a dominant display throughout the competition winning her first ever Championship gold medal, and a title which has evaded Germany in the senior female category for almost 10 years. Together with Winnie Schlüter and Don de la Mar, Kristina performed her freestyle interpretation of Rey from Star Wars to great applause from the crowd.  Kristina, a doctor by occupation, couldn’t hide her disbelief as she dismounted from her near faultless 2nd round freestyle, giving her a total score of 8,398. The silver medal went to fellow German Sarah Kay who, alongside Sir Valentin 5 & lunger Dina Menke scored 8,121, proving she is firmly back at the top of the sport after returning from injury, having last medalled in 2012. Switzerland’s Nadja Büttiker won the compulsory round and, with horse Keep Cool and Monika Winkler-Bischofsberger, showed great creative flair throughout her freestyle and technical test to take the bronze medal on 8,090. FEI World Cup 2017 winner Anna Cavallaro (ITA) just missed out on the medals finishing 4th (7,947).

Erik Oese fought off tough competition in the highly competitive individual male category to win another gold for Germany on 8,232. Together with his long time team of lunger Andras Bässler and Calvador 5, he lead throughout the first round and,  after a tricky technical test he performed a dramatic rendition of his final freestyle to win his first ever Championship title. 2015 European Champion Jannis Drewell (GER) alongside Diabolus 3 and his mother Simone Drewell on the lunge fought back from a fall in his first round freestyle to perform an incredible technical test and final freestyle winning him the silver medal (8,148). France’s Clément Taillez won his first ever individual medal, taking bronze (8,078) on Dyronn lunged by Cedric Cottin Holzberger.

2017 World Cup winners Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini from Italy brought the party to the Championships as they danced the Samba on the back of Rosenstolz 99 with Laura Carnabuci on the lunge.  Impressing with their intense choreography and creative flair they scored 8,840 to take the gold medal, the first time Italy has ever won an FEI pas de deux senior medal.  European Champions from 2011 Theresa- Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs alongside Picardo 13 and Alexandra Knauf scored 8,606 for their seamless Bonnie and Clyde pas de deux earning them the silver medal.  Whilst the young German pairing of Timo Gerdes and Jolina Ossenberg-Engels rectified their first round mistakes to perform an outstanding 2nd freestyle placing them 3rd (8,210) on Caram OE lunged by Claudia Doller-Ossenberg.

The FEI European Championships ended in spectacular fashion with the team competition.  Team Germany who was 3rd after the compulsory round with Danny Boy 25 and Patric Looser on the lunge fought back with two energetic freestyles that highlighted their incredible athleticism. The team consisting of previous individual and pas de deux medallists drew on all their experience to perform an outstanding final freestyle scoring 8,419. Team Switzerland, who had held the lead following an unbelievable compulsory round, narrowly missed out on the gold medal with their new horse Rayo de la Luz and Monika Winkler-Bishcofsberger; they finished a close 2nd on 8,407. Team Austria delighted the home crowd to win the bronze medal with Maria Lehrmann and Alessio L’Amabile (8,164).

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FEI World Vaulting Championship for Juniors: Gold for Colombia, Austria and Germany

Juan Martin Clavijo with Quiece D Aunis (FEI/Liz Gregg)

Colombia’s vaulting star Juan Martin Clavijo dominated the junior male individual class defending the title he won two years ago at the first ever FEI Junior World Championships.  Alongside Sandra Tronchet and Quiece D’Obliche, Juan performed a final freestyle master class of his interpretation of Jared Leto’s ‘The Joker’ scoring an incredible 8,889 for the round – a score which would challenge in the senior division. Germany’s Gregor Klehe put on a strong show as he performed his Zorro freestyle to take the silver medal on Adlon lunged by Alexander Hartl (7,945).  Philipp Stippel (GER) together with Sir Valentin 5 and Dina Menke rounded off the podium winning bronze (7,817). Jannik Liersch (GER) finished just outside the medals in 4th (7,755). The standard of the Junior male category over the past few years has seen a dramatic increase and with competitors from Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Austria,  USA, Hungary, France, Slovakia Great Britain, Germany and Colombia all making the final 15 – it was truly an international affair.

Nicole Brabec (AUT) captivated the audience at the Magna Racino in Ebreichsdrof, with her ‘Rio’ freestyle. Together with lunger Manuela Barosch on the experienced Royal Salut she took gold in the highly competitive junior female individual class scoring 7,990.  Germany’s Franziska Peitzmeier with lunger Anna Brinkmann and Dorian Grey SN showed great strength to win her 3rd consecutive junior individual silver medal narrowly missing out on the top spot (7,910). Johanna Lindberg together with lunger Dusan Barci and Real Easy made history for Sweden winning them their first ever junior medal (7,831), and their first medal since they won bronze at the World Equestrian Games in team in 2002.

In the Junior Pas de Deux class it was extremely tight at the top which resulted in a nail biting final.  Austria’s Anna Krippl and Viktoria Feldhofer performed an outstanding Pas de deux to win the first gold medal of the Championships.  Together with lunger Eva Maria Kreiner and horse Le Grand Chevalier they scored 7,938, receiving rapturous applause from the home crowd.   Last year’s European Pas De Deux champion Julian Kogl teamed up with new partner Ronja Kahler on Daytona lunged by Lars Hansen. They pushed the Austrians to the very end eventually taking the silver medal on 7,824. The USA pairing of Janie Salisbury and Bridget Kiernan with horse Diva 506 and Carolyn Bland, delighted audiences with their rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ to finish 3rd (7,750).

Junior Team Germany was untouchable in the squad competition leading throughout all three rounds. The team performed their Samba inspired routine to much appreciation from the audience and judges alike and together with Humphrey Bogart 6 and Andrea Blatz they finished on an astonishing total score of 8,130. The reigning Junior World Champions, team Austria, put on three great performances but were unable to match the seamlessness of their German rivals. Alongside Darwin and Karen Asmera they scored 7,579 to take the silver medal with Junior team Switzerland on Isabella IV and lunger Corinne Bosshard taking bronze on 7,555.

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US Athletes Look for Success at 2017 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors

Lexington, Ky. – Artistry, athleticism, and talent will be on display this week when U.S. vaulting is showcased at the 2017 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors. Running from August 2-5, 2017, in Ebreichsdor, Austria, the U.S. brings a contingent of 14 vaulters competing for titles in the Individual Female, Individual Male, Pas de Deux, and Squad Junior Championships. Chef d’Equipe Mary McCormick and Assistant Chef d’Equipe Jessica Garrod will guide the U.S. vaulters.

Individual Female Championship
Tessa Belardi (Aptos, Calif.) and Ana Schult (Longmont, Colo.) will make their first appearances at the junior world vaulting championships. They will be joined by Bodhi Hall (San Jose, Calif.), who competed in the 2015 junior world vaulting championships. She will vault on First NoBady, a 2004 PZHK gelding, and will be assisted by Lunger Emma Seely.

Recently, Belardi placed third in the Individual Female CVIJ2* competition at the Pacific Cup CVI in May and she will vault with Diva 506, a 2003 Oldenbug mare, and Lunger Carolyn Bland. Schult won the Individual Female CVIJ2* title at the Pacific Cup CVI. She will vault with Dresdn, a 2007 Hungarian Warmblood gelding and Lunger Elke Nousse.

Individual Male Championship
Luke Overton (Stanwood, Wash.) makes his return to the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors after competing in 2015. Jace Brooks (Eagle Mountain, Utah), the 2016 Silver Individual Male USEF/AVA National Champion, will join Overton. Both competed in the Pacific Cup CVI and Canada Cup CVI in May where they placed first and second in both competitions, respectively. Overton and Brooks will vault with Dresdn and Lungers Stefanie Nussmuller and Devon Maitozo, respectively.

Pas de Deux Championship
Hall, a 2015 junior world vaulting pas de deux champion with Michelle Guo, will team up with Caroline Morse (Los Gatos, Calif.) for a chance at the 2017 title. The pair began vaulting together in the spring of 2016 where they have earned four top three finishes. Most recently they won the Pas de Deux CVIJ2* competition at the Canada Cup CVI. They will vault with First NoBady, a 2004 PZHK gelding, and Lunger Nousse.

Bridget Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.) returns to the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors following a third place finish with Sarah Dunn in 2015. She brings a new partner in Janie Salisbury (Atherton, Calif.). The pair placed first in Pas de Deux CVIJ2* competition at the Pacific Cup CVI. They will vault with Diva 506 and Lunger Bland.

Squad Championship
A talented squad has high hopes in the FEI Squad Championship. Miki Yang (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Audrey Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.) are the most experienced vaulters in the squad, having represented the U.S. at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2015 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors. Their teammates, Belardi, Bridget Kiernan, Annika Malmstrom (Palo Alto, Calif.), and Lena Nicoletti (Sunnyvale, Calif.), are up for the challenge of their first world championship appearance. Earlier this year at the Pacific Cup CVI, the squad finished second in the CVIJ2* squad division. The squad will vault with Amontillado 9, a 2008 Holsteiner gelding, and Lunger Bland.

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United States Impresses at 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen

Laura Kraut and Zeremonie. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

US brings home silver in FEI Nations Cup competitions; numerous top finishes for individual athletes

Aachen, Germany – The United States sent 18 equestrian athletes and fielded two FEI Nations™ Cup teams to compete at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Aachen, Germany July 14-23.

“It’s the Wimbledon of our sport; there is no question,” said Robert Ridland, Chef d’Equipe of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping team. “It is one of the most prestigious places to compete. The top riders are all saying: we are bringing our ‘A’ game here, we are bringing our best horses.”

The U.S. athletes certainly came prepared to compete, with plans and goals laid out. The following are some highlights of the U.S. athletes’ week in Aachen.

Show Jumping

On Tuesday, July 18, 2004 and 2008 Olympic team gold medalist Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and HHS Hercules, Abigail Wexner’s 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding, took third place in the Sparkassen Youngsters Cup, a class for seven and eight year olds, with zero faults and a time of 67.51.

The following afternoon, Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.), 2000 Sydney Olympian, and Ohlala, The Ohlala Group’s 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare, competed with 58 other riders and took fifth place with zero faults and a time of 43.20 in the Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe. Later that afternoon, Hough went on to take fifth with Waterford, Laura and Meredith Mateo’s 2003 KWPN gelding, with zero faults and a time of 38.43 in the Prize of StadteRegion Aachen. In addition, 2008 Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Whitney, Artisan Farms, LLC and Torrey Pines Stables’ 2003 KWPN gelding, took third in the same class, with zero faults and a time of 37.45.

Thursday proved to be an exciting day for U.S. Show Jumping. Madden and Breitling LS, Wexner’s 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion, won the STAWAG-Prize, with zero faults and a time of 66.01. Kraut and Whitney placed third with zero faults and a time of 69.86. Later that evening, Kraut and 2004 and 2008 Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) led the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team to a silver medal tie with Switzerland in the Mercedes Benz FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Aachen with double clear performances aboard Zeremonie, Old Willow Farms’ 2007 Holsteiner mare, and HH Azur, Double H Farm and Francois Mathy’s 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare, respectively.

“Today was exciting as always – Aachen is the pinnacle of sport. To go double clear tonight with Zeremonie was thrilling,” said Kraut.

World number one ranked and 2016 Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and his mount Uceko, R.C.G. Farm’s 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding, pulled out a beautiful win on Friday in the North Rhine-Westphalia with zero faults and a time of 46.65. When asked about Uceko and winning in Aachen, Farrington responded: “He [Uceko] is really special. He loves grass arenas. I’ve had him since he was six years old, and I’m so proud that he is 16 and still winning here at Aachen. It was an amazing day.”

On Sunday, Ward and HH Carlos Z, Double H Farm’s 2002 Zangersheide gelding, won the SAP-Prize, with zero faults and a time of 60.21. That evening Kraut and Zeremonie, Ward and HH Azur, Farrington and Voyeur, Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Hough and Ohlala, and Madden and Darry Lou, Wexner’s 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding, all competed in the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. In the end, Kraut went head-to-head with Gregory Wathelet from Belgium, Luciana Diniz from Portugal, and Marc Houtzager from the Netherlands in the final jump-off. Kraut placed fourth with four faults and a time of 48.01.

Additionally, Zeremonie and Old Willow Farms were presented with the prestigious Halla Challenge Trophy by Hans Gunter Winker for the most successful horse at CHIO Aachen. Kraut was also awarded with the “Prize of the Federal Minister of the Interior,” an award of a special trophy given to the best jumping athlete of the entire show, presented by the Federal Minister of the Interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich.

Dressage

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team came to Aachen ready to compete. The first phase of the FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* began on Thursday, July 20, with the Preis der Familie Tesch Grand Prix. 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, Graves and Curt Maes’s 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding, took second place behind Germany’s Isabell Werth with a score of 79.514%. The U.S. team sat in second place after the first phase.

“Three of our four horses have never shown at Aachen before,” said Robert Dover, Chef d’Equipe for The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage team. “Two of these horses are in their first season of showing internationally in Europe and one of them is in his first handful of CDIs in his life. Maybe that’s why, by the end of the day, I was a little over-wrought with emotion.”

On Saturday, the second and final phase of the FEI Nations Cup continued in the MEGGLE-Preis Grand Prix Special. With the German audience hanging on to every passage, piaffe, and pirouette, Graves and Verdades took on Werth and her mount, Weihegold OLD, performing a truly masterful test, and scoring a 81.824% that catapulted them to the top of the class standings – on Graves’ 30th birthday, no less. Combined with the rides of the remaining team members, The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team went on to claim the silver medal behind Germany and ahead of Sweden.

“Today was my day,” Graves said. “My horse gave me a great birthday present. I could not be more pleased with him. And, there is nothing like a stadium of Germans singing happy birthday to you. That is really memorable.”

Graves and Verdades went on to take third place in the Deutsche Bank Prize Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday, with a score of 82.550%.

Eventing

U.S. eventer Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) placed seventh overall in Aachen, with RF Demeter, Jacqueline Mars’ 2002 Oldenburg mare. After Thursday’s dressage test, with 39.90 penalties and the jumping phase, with a time of 87.22 and zero faults, the combination went into Saturday’s cross-country phase sitting in fifth place. Finishing the course clear and with just eight time penalties, Burnett and RF Demeter finished seventh in the overall line-up with a final score of 42.50 penalties.

“The time is difficult to make here in Aachen,” said Burnett. “This was really my first time that I’ve tried to be fast on her [RF Demeter]. I was only eight seconds over, which is really good. It is a really fun feeling here. Everybody cheers so much and there is so much involvement from the crowd. I love that feeling and I love this event.”

Combined Driving

Chester Weber (Ocala, Fla.) represented the United States in combined driving in Aachen. On Wednesday, July 19, Weber masterfully guided Bastiaan, Fritz Grupe’s 2006 KWPN gelding; Boris W, Weber’s 2006 KWPN gelding; First Edition, Weber’s 2009 KWPN gelding; and Splash, Jane Clark’s 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding, to a second place finish in the Prize of Fa. Horsch, Der Entorger Dressage Four-In Hand with 41.28 penalties.

On Friday, Weber went on to take second again in the Top Score Driving Competition with 1800.00 points, with Boris W, First Edition, Maestoso Jupiter, Weber’s 2007 Hungarian Warmblood gelding, and Splash in the traces.

Vaulting

U.S. Vaulters performed well at Aachen with numerous top-ten finishes.

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US Equestrian Declares Contingent for World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen

A group of 18 athletes to represent the U.S. across five featured disciplines

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the athletes that will participate in the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, July 14-23, in Aachen, Germany. CHIO Aachen will showcase The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team and Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in FEI Nations Cup™ action, as well as two additional dressage athlete-and-horse combinations, two eventing athlete-and-horse combinations, four vaulters, and one four-in-hand combined driver in individual competition.

The following athlete-horse combinations will comprise The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover:

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) with her own and Curt Maes’ Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) with her own and Mary Anne McPhail’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) with Salvino Partners, LLC’s Salvino, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion
Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Warmblood gelding

The following dressage athlete-horse combinations will compete in the Aachen CDI4*:

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding
Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) with her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding

The following athletes will make up the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Aachen led by Chef D’Equipe Robert Ridland:

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)
Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.)
Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

Nations Cup horses will be named at a later date.

The following eventing athlete-horse combinations will compete as individuals in the Aachen CICO3*:

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) with Jacqueline Mars’ RF Demeter, a 2002 Oldenburg mare
Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) with Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare

The following combined driving athlete will compete in the Aachen CAIO4*:

Chester Weber (Ocala, Fla.) competing tentatively with Amadeus, Weber’s 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding; Bastiaan, Fritz Grupe’s 2006 KWPN gelding; Boris, Weber’s 2006 KWPN gelding; First Edition, Weber’s 2009 KWPN gelding; and Splash, Jane Clark’s 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding

The following vaulting athletes will compete in the Aachen CVIO4*:

Daniel Janes (Stanwood, Wash.)
Elizabeth Osborn (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.)
Emily Rose (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

For more information about the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen and a schedule of events, visit chioaachen.de.

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Italy and Germany Take Home Male, Female and Pas-De-Deux

Germany’s Jannis Drewell shares a #TwoHearts moment at the FEI World Cup™ Final in Dortmund (GER) after winning the male category. (Gustavo Lorenzo/FEI)

Dortmund (GER), 5 March 2017 – The stars of this thrilling series were under pressure to peak when it mattered for this Final, and they did just that in front of fascinated crowds.

Italy’s Anna Cavallaro fended off tough competition from Germany’s Kristina Boe to take the women’s title, and the hotly contested pas-de-deux was won by Italy’s Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini – a first for Italy – who put on a show-stopping display of their ‘The Little Prince’ routine.

In the men’s category, vaulters had a tense wait until Sunday morning to find out who would be crowned champion, and after just missing out on the title last year Germany’s Jannis Drewell returned to top form. He performed both rounds with stunning conviction to lift the trophy in front of his home crowd.

Head-to-head

Cavallaro, competing in her seventh World Cup Final, shocked audiences on day one with the début of a brand new freestyle theme. Her wolf interpretation impressed the judges to score 8.662, allowing her to take the lead over Boe (8,418).

You could feel the tension in the Westfallenhalle as Cavallaro with her lunger of 20 years Nelson Vidoni and star horse 11-year-old Monaco Franze 4 entered the arena for day two. She managed to hold her nerve to take her third FEI World Cup Vaulting title under intense pressure on a final score of 8,654.

Boe, the 29 year-old doctor known for her exceptional artistic impression, made a foot perfect second round performance of her zombie freestyle linking a number of risk moves, and with Don de la Mar and lunger Winnie Schluter, she finished second on 8,534.

Mum knows best

FEI European Champion Jannis Drewell (GER) hit unbelievable form at this year’s Final, leaving the crowd in awe as he performed his Sherlock Holmes routine.

Despite miss-timing one ground-jump of high risk, he gave everything with his mother and lunger Simone Drewell and Diabolus 3 scoring 8,720 to take the highly coveted title in front of his home crowd.

Lukas Heppler (SUI) once again teamed up with Monaco Franze 4, with whom he won the opening qualifier in Madrid, and after a nervous first round performance, he excelled on the second day finishing second on 8,554.

“It has been a long journey to get here,” said Drewell. “Last year was my first time in the World Cup and I finished second. I had a conversation with my mother before the second round where I asked about the ground jump as it is high risk. It’s always the way; I should have listened to my mother – but I am so happy it was enough to take the title even with that mistake.”

Italian gold rush

Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini, the breakthrough pairing of this season’s World Cup, performed their ‘Little Prince’ freestyle – a routine packed with difficulty and creative flair – to win the pas-de-deux on a total score of 8,695.

Germany’s Theresa-Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs maintained pressure on the Italian pairing throughout the competition and with their Swan Lake freestyle won second place on 8,689.

Vaulting Future

“Vaulting has come so far since becoming part of the FEI World Cup series,” said FEI Director of Vaulting Bettina de Rham. “Vaulting is now much closer to our other World Cup disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Driving. Every vaulter competing at the World Cup is of the highest standard, and it is extremely difficult to qualify for the Final, let alone win. We’re really proud of the World Cup and all the athletes competing in this exciting series.”

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Germany Lights Up Leipzig

Kristina Boe. (Stefan Lafrentz/FEI)

Leipzig (GER), 22 January 2017 – The last FEI World Cup™ Vaulting series qualifier before next month’s Final exceeded all expectations in Leipzig (GER) with audiences at the Partner Pferde treated to a dramatic showdown with stand-out performances and home-nation athletes winning all three disciplines.

World number one Kristina Boe led throughout the competition with two commanding freestyles. In the male category, Daniel Kaiser came back from second in the first round to win with a masterful display, and Torben Jacobs and Theresa-Sophie Bresch closed with a high-class Pas De Deux.

Convincing lead

Boe put on a dominating display on home soil to secure her second consecutive World Cup qualifier on 8,469. Together with 16-year-old gelding Don de la Mar and lunger Winnie Schlüter, Boe looked at ease in the Partner Pferde arena, captivating the audience with every arm move, jump and bounce contributing to her zombie characterisation.

Silvia Stopazzini (ITA), whose grace and flexibility shone throughout the competition, finished second with Hot Date Tek and lunger Laura Carnabuci on an impressive 8.266, with Nadja Büttiker (SUI) finishing third (7,893) and series leader Anna Cavallaro (ITA) placing fourth on 7,791 due to a tumble from her horse in the first round.

Masterful display

The men’s division came down to a nail-biting stand-off between Germany’s Jannik Heiland and Daniel Kaiser. Together with Rockard H and Winnie Schlüter, Heiland led after the first round with a stunning freestyle set to classical music. He was elegance personified, showing exceptional harmony, flexibility and strength.

With only 0.1 point separating the two vaulters, the second round decider was electrifying.

Last year’s FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final winner Daniel Kaiser drew on his competition experience with a freestyle masterclass on the second day. With lunger Nina Vorberg and 15-year-old gelding Sir Bernhard he gave everything to place first with a score of 8,634. Heiland, not quite able to recreate the seamlessness of his first round performance, finished second on 8,558, with Francesco Bortoletto (ITA) entertaining the Leipzig crowd finishing third on 8,118 in an incredibly hard-fought men’s final qualifier.

Recreating historical moment

The Pas De Deux category was won by Theresa-Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs (GER) who recreated the theme that won them the gold medal at the 2011 FEI European Vaulting Championships. Their adapted freestyle reflected their growth in the sport over the past five years. Together with lunger and former world Vaulting champion Patric Looser and Picardo they put on an emotive performance to finish on 8,615.

Italy’s Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini came back from a tough first round freestyle to place second on Rosentolz 99 with lunger Laura Carnabuci finishing second on 8,271, and Jolina Ossenberg-Engels and Timo Gerdes (GER) rounded out the podium on 7.786.

Dortmund Final beckons

At the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in Dortmund on 2-5 March fans will find out who is able to hold their nerve and push the boundaries to take their prestigious titles.

The top six female and male athletes and top four Pas De Deux from the series will head to the Final.

In the female category, Kristina Boe and Anna Cavallaro will face tough competition, especially from Silvia Stopazzini with her three consecutive second place finishes in the qualifiers.

The male category, Switzerland’s Lukas Heppler has shone throughout this World Cup season but will face a tough task to fend off competition veterans including last year’s World Cup winner Daniel Kaiser and 2015 FEI European Champion Jannis Drewell (GER). Jannik Heiland is also one to watch with a high-scoring freestyle.

In the Pas De Deux class top honours could go to any one of the pairings, but based on current form Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini and Theresa-Sophie Bresch with Torben Jacobs will head into the Final as the favourites.

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Leipzig Results:

Female Individual: 1. Kristina Boe (GER) 8,469; 2. Silvia Stopazzini (ITA) 8,212; 3. Nadja Buttiker (SUI) 7,893; 4. Anna Cavallaro (ITA) 7,791; 5. Regina Burgmayr (GER) 7,551; 6. Marina Mohar (SUI) 7,129.

Male Individual: 1. Daniel Kaiser (GER) 8,634; 2. Jannik Heiland (GER) 8,558; 3. Francesco Bortoletto (ITA) 8,118 ; 4. Lukas Heppler (SUI) 8,048; 5. Erik Oese (GER) 7,872; 6. Balazs Bence (HUN) 7,603; 7. Lorenzo Lupacchini (ITA) 7,539; 8. Thomas Brüsewitz (GER) 6,976.

Pas de Deux: 1. Torben Jacobs & Theresa Sophie Bresch (GER) 8,615 ; 2. Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini (ITA) 8,271; Jolina Ossenberg-Engels & Timo Gerdes (GER) 7,786 ; 4. Zoe Marcuccio & Syra Schmid (SUI) 7,318.

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Boe, Heiland, and Lupacchini and Stopazzini Dominate in Tense Qualifier at Mechelen

Kristina Boe. (Dirk Caremans/FEI)

Mechelen (BEL), 30 December 2016 – The fourth leg of FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2016/2017 series got underway at Jumping Mechelen (BEL) featuring a star-studded line-up with the current World Number 1 athletes, Germany’s Jannis Drewell and Kristina Boe, both in attendance.

Boe got her World Cup campaign off to the perfect start, taking the female title, whilst her training partner and team mate Jannik Heiland won in the male category.  Lorenzo Lupacchini and Silvia Stopazzini continued their Pas de Deux dominance to take their second victory of the season with a personal best score.

Spectators in Mechelen were gifted a belated Christmas treat of watching highly competitive classes that exceeded expectations as the series edges closer to the final in Dortmund (GER) in March.

Previous medal winners

The male category got the action underway in with a class full of previous medal winners.  Following a dominant first round performance, Jannik Heiland (GER) managed to hold his nerve and fend off the competition to take the title on a score of 8,528.

Together with Dark Beluga and Barbara Rosiny, he continued to show a commanding performance of his Jungle Book routine that features a range of difficult and unique bounces and captivates the audience with his interpretation of the famous story.

Jannis Drewell and his well-established team of mother Simone Drewell on the lunge and the 18-year-old horse Diabolus 3 managed to improve on their first round freestyle to score an impressive 8,629 in the second round to finish in second on 8,385.  Drewell equalled his Salzburg performance and pushed Clement Taillez (8,309) into third. Together with Dyronn and Cedric Cotton, Taillez was unable to match the finesse of his performance in Paris where he took the maximum FEI points available.

Daniel Kaiser (GER) replicated his Salzburg performance placing fourth on 8,236 while Frenchman and World Silver Medallist Vincent Haennel occupied fifth on 7,865.  Italians Lorenzo Lupacchini (7,848) and Francesco Bortoletto (7,445) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Resounding start

Last year’s runner-up Kristina Boe (GER) got her FEI World Cup™ Vaulting campaign off to a resounding start with her impressive Zombie routine that has captivated audiences throughout the season and secured her the silver medal at this year’s FEI World Championships.

Boe, renowned for her artistry with even the most difficult moves contributing to the story, lived up to expectations.  Teaming up with a new combination of Dark Beluga and Barbara Rosiny – who had already won alongside Jannik Heiland – she scored 8,598 showing exactly why she is the current World number 1.

Silvia Stopazzini (ITA) maintained pressure on Boe throughout the competition and continued to impress with her incredible strength and control. Finishing on 8,414 and with two second places under her belt she is definitely a title contender.

Corinna Knauf (GER) teamed up with her sister Alexandra Knauf and Fabiola to improve on her performance in Salzburg taking third on 8,179.

Unfortunately Janika Derks’ horse Carousso Hit was unsettled in the second round. Janika managed to keep her composure, although the performance was more reserved than usual and she dropped from fourth place in the first round to finish in sixth (7,842) in the final analysis.

Meteoric progression

Italy’s Lorenzo Lupacchini and Silvia Stopazzini continue to show their meteoric progression, taking their second win of the series and improving on the score they produced in Salzburg by an incredible 0.6.

Together with Laura Carnabucci on the lunge, they received 8,768 which is their highest Pas de Deux score to date, as they grow in confidence alongside 9-year-old gelding Rosenstolz 99 who continues to achieve scores above 8.

“In Mechelen it is a really nice atmosphere; it is always a challenge to compete Individual and Pas De Deux in the same competition as there is not a lot of time to prepare,” said Lupacchini. “However, we are really happy with our performance and we finished on an 8.7 which is our new best score!”

Timo Gerdes and Jolina Ossenberg-Engels (GER) performed a new routine that didn’t quite come together as a coherent piece.  However, it included a range of highlights that show great improvement and innovation.  Unfortunately their horse, Dragoner, stopped before the routine was finished, resulting in their Pas de Deux coming to an abrupt end and impacting on their score so they finished in second on 7,063.

Next stop Leipzig

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting will now head to its final qualifier in Leipzig (GER), 20th and 21st January, where a packed line-up will battle it out for the final FEI World Cup™ Vaulting points on offer, before we find out who has qualified for the final in Dortmund in March.

Viewers will see favourites Anna Cavallaro (ITA) and Kristina Boe (GER) go head-to-head for the first time in this season’s series.

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Mechelen Results:

Female Individual: 1.Kristina Boe (GER) 8,598; 2. Silvia Stopazzini (ITA) 8,414; 3. Corinna Knauf (GER) 8,145; 4. Manon Noel (FRA) 8,099; 5. Pascal Wagner (SUI) 7,853; 6. Janika Derks (GER) 7,842; 7. Lauren Vanlerberghe (BEL) 7,619

Male Individual: 1. Jannik Heiland (GER) 8,528; 2. Jannis Drewell (GER) 8,381; 3. Clement Taillez (FRA) 8,301; 4. Daniel Kaiser (GER) 8,237; 5. Vincent Haennel (FRA) 7,866; 6. Lorenzo Lupacchini (ITA) 7,848. Francesco Bortoletto (ITA) 7,445

Pas-de-deux: 1. Silvia Stopazzini & Lorenzo Lupacchini (ITA) 8,768; 2. Timo Gerdes & Jolina Ossenberg-Engels (GER) 7.064

By Hannah Eccles

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Cavallaro, Heppler, Stopazzini, and Lupacchini Take Titles in Salzburg

Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini. (Tomas Holcbecher/FEI)

Salzburg (AUT), 11 December 2016 – Under the lights of the incredible Meivisto Amadeus Horse Indoors arena in Salzburg (AUT), Lukas Heppler (SUI) won the male competition in spectacular fashion at this third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting series, while Italy dominated as Anna Cavallaro lifted the female title and Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini got their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start winning the pas-de-deux.

Salzburg certainly lived up to its reputation for delivering fascinating FEI World Cup™ Vaulting qualifiers with highly competitive classes across the board.

Rising to the pressure

Just 0.1 point separated the top three female athletes going into the second round, leaving no room for error.

Under intense pressure Anna Cavallaro, the favourite in Salzburg after her win in Madrid, drew on her vast competition experience to perform a near perfect second round, scoring 8,499 to win on Monaco Franze 4 with lunger Nelson Vidoni.

Silvia Stopazzini, competing in the individual female as well as the pas-de-deux classes, wowed the crowds and judges as she commenced her FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2016/2017 campaign with an elegant bird interpretation that perfectly balanced strength, control and grace. Partnering with nine-year-old gelding Hot Date Tek and lunger Laura Carnabuci, she scored 8.266 for a routine to watch out for as the World Cup progresses.

Regina Burgmayr (GER), who placed second after the first competition, scored 7.906 to finish fifth on day two, leaving the door open for Switzerland’s Nadja Buttiker (7.976) and Marina Mohar (7.945) who finished third and fourth respectively.

Unstoppable in Salzburg

Switzerland’s Lukas Heppler, after winning in Madrid and placing second in Paris, continued his dominance in Salzburg in spectacular fashion, performing his Marco Polo freestyle that excels both technically and artistically.

Lukas Heppler (SUI) and Ramazotti 155 (Tomas Holcbecher/FEI)

Competing on his third horse of the tournament, Ramazotti 155, Heppler continued to show his calibre as a world class vaulter, adapting to a range of horses and still performing outstanding routines. With lunger Melanie Neubauer, he won on a score of 8.541.

The 2015 FEI European Champion Jannis Drewell’s Sherlock Holmes routine was not enough to challenge, and with a more reserved performance than usual he took second place (8,260) on Lago Maggiore 25 with his mother and lunger Simone Drewell.

Balazs Bence (HUN) once again entertained the World Cup crowd pulling up from sixth in the first round to finish third on 8,079, pushing Daniel Kaiser (GER), last year’s FEI World Cup™ Vaulting winner, into fourth place after he suffered a fall from the horse at the end of his freestyle.

Golden day for Italy – when two become one… or four become one!

Italy’s Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini in their first season together proved that their individual skills fit perfectly in pas-de-deux. On top of this, they performed for the first competitive time on Rosenstolz, who had previously only worked with individual vaulters in international competition.

“Today our performance was much better than yesterday, and I feel relaxed in this arena. I love competing under the lights here in Salzburg,” said Silvia Stopazzini. “Lorenzo is one of my best friends and I really enjoy performing with him; he is secure and I trust him completely.”

The 2011 FEI European pas-de-deux champions Torben Jacobs and Theresa Sophie Bresch (GER) made their World Cup début together finishing second on a score of 7.761. Torben, who won the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting pas-de-deux last year with Pia Engelberty, is now back with Bresch following Engelberty’s retirement from the sport.

Syra Schmid and Zoe Macuccio (SUI) rounded off the podium taking third place on 7,247, with a much improved performance of their 007 routine.

Next stop Mechelen

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting kicks back into action in Mechelen (BEL) on the 27-29 December (full programme: http://www.jumping-mechelen.com/en/program).

Current world vaulting number one Kristina Boe (GER) will commence her FEI World Cup™ Vaulting campaign in Mechelen, hoping to go one better after finishing runner-up in the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting2015/2016.

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Taillez, Derks and the Chevrels Prevail in Paris

Clément Taillez with Dyronn and lunger Cedric Cotton. (Erin Cowgill/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 26 November 2016 – The FEI World Cup™ Vaulting second qualifier at the Salon du Cheval in Paris (FRA) saw top individual honours go to Germany’s Janika Derks and France’s Clément Taillez, with the French brother and sister Lucie and Simon Chevrel winning the pas-de-deux.

The annual Paris qualifier got off to a dramatic start with several vaulters taking unexpected tumbles from their horses in the first competition, making the second vital for securing World Cup points, and this led to a fascinating two days.

Derks dominates

The favourite coming into Paris, Janika Derks faced an extra challenge of competing on a borrowed horse, but this did not deter her. With the 12-year-old Quartz d’Obliche and lunger Fabrice Holzberger she secured the top spot on a final score of 8.164 with her creative clown routine.

Derks, who finished fourth individually at this year’s FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors in Le Mans (FRA), vaults with the well-known club Neuss Grimlinghausen. Currently ranked world number two, she is now aiming to win her first FEI World Cup™ Vaulting title.

Switzerland’s Pascale Wagner pulled up considerably with her second round performance. Oozing confidence she took second place (7.579), and overtook wildcard Manon Noel (FRA) whose apt ‘Ice’ themed freestyle routine scored 7,522 in front of her home crowd in wintery Paris. Isabel Fiala (AUT) unluckily replicated her Madid qualifier, suffering a tumble from her horse in the first round to finish fifth (6.573).

Knowing each other 100%

Clément Taillez (FRA) gave two outstanding performances to take the title with Dyronn and lunger Cedric Cotton on 8.547 points. His artistic ‘dance’ freestyle received plaudits from three of the four judges who marked his technical elements in excess of 9.

“This is the first time I’ve scored a 9.4 for artistic, which is very cool,” said Taillez. “My horse was really good as usual – we know each other 100%, so it’s always a pleasure.”

Straight off the back of his win in Madrid (ESP) last Friday, Lukas Heppler (SUI) continued his convincing start to his World Cup campaign and with Edmonton, lunged by Koen Akkerman, he rounded off a successful weekend finishing second on 7.662.

Showman Balázs Bence (HUN) recovered from having to improvise to the wrong music, which ultimately impacted his artistic score, putting in a crowd pleasing performance in the second round to place third (7.579). Vincent Haennel, silver medallist at the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors in Le Mans, finished fourth on 7.461 with his Napoleon-themed freestyle, with Theo Dennis placing fifth on 7.220.

Unplanned exits

The FEI World Cup™ Vaulting pas-de-deux category got its 2016/2017 series off to an unpredictable start. Lucie and Simon Chevrel, bronze medalists at the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors, made an abrupt exit off their horse on both days of competition during their breathtaking performance on the slightly unsettled Sweetie de la Fosse.

But even with two premature finishes, their Adam and Eve routine proved enough to take the title on a score of 6.707.

Likewise, Zoe Maruccio and Syra Schmid (SUI) suffered an arduous first round, falling multiple times, but showed great resilience to put on a much improved second day performance to score 5.654.

Next stop Salzburg (8-9 December)

After an action packed four days, FEI World Cup™ Vaulting now has a short break before heading to the fairytale city of Salzburg (AUT) for the third qualifier on 8 December (Competition 1) and 9 December (Competition 2).

Spectators will see Germany’s Jannis Drewell and Daniel Kaiser go head to head in World Cup battle for the first time since the two fought it out for the male individual title at the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in Dortmund (GER) in March, where Daniel Kaiser was victorious.

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See full athlete line-up for Salzburg and series here.

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Paris Results:

Female Individual: 1. Janika Derks (GER) 8.164; 2. Pascale Wagner (SUI) 7.579; 3. Manon Noel (FRA) 7.522; 4. Carola Sneekes (NED) 7.469; 5. Isabel Fiala (AUT) 6.573; Coralie Chataigner (FRA) 6,385.

Male Individual: 1. Clément Taillez (FRA) 8.547; 2. Lukas Heppler (SUI) 7.662; 3. Balázs Bence (HUN) 7.579; 4. Vincent Haennel (FRA) 7.461; Theo Dennis (FRA) 7.220.

Pas de Deux: 1. Lucie & Simon Chevrel (FRA) 6.707; 2. Zoe Marcuccio & Syra Schmid (SUI) 5.654.

By Hannah Eccles

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