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Germany Steals the Present | Horses within the South – An Equine Information Writer

Kathrin Meyer (GER) with San Classico S – FEI/Richard Juilliart.

Because the curtains opened on the Burlington Capital FEI Vaulting World Cup Remaining™, the athletes took to the competitors circle for the primary time in Omaha. With pleasure ranges excessive, the German athletes saved their cool and took the highest spot in all three occasions.

The house nation’s hopes have been on Kimberly Palmer as she entered with Christoph Lensing and Romeo. Her new technical routine didn’t fairly hit the mark with the judges, leaving her in 4th place within the in a single day standings, 7.489. Hungarian Blanka Nemeth had a wonderful begin. She opened the present with Lunar Eclipse and Kimberly Wellman and confirmed her price sitting in third, 7.554.

The younger Swiss star Danielle Bürgi packed her Technical Check full of inauspicious sequences and inventive transitions, which, mixed with a high rating from Greatest Brew and Andrea Selch, has her comfortably in second place (8.092). Nonetheless, Kathrin Meyer saved the perfect till final within the Feminine competitors. Coming into the sector with San Classico S and her Mum Sonja Meyer, she floated by way of her check with class, grace, and sweetness, incomes an 8.299 from the judges.

“It’s wonderful; the lights create a distinct environment than on regular competitors, and in addition the viewers is nice and I’m actually completely happy to be right here,” mentioned Meyer.

Averill Saunders struggled to make a few of her sequences circulate on high of Max, lunged by Sarah Krauss (6.388), and was left disenchanted together with her debut World Cup spherical. There will probably be a lot extra to return from the younger Canadian sooner or later.

Within the Males’s competitors, all eyes have been glued to the circle as Sam dos Santos entered. At solely sixteen, there’s a shiny future for the Dutch star. He earned second place (7.952) and captivated the viewers aboard Max with Sarah Krauss. Andrin Müller (SUI) proved he too had made a profitable partnership with Max and Sarah, however sits a way behind in third on 7.176.

Nobody got here near Germany’s Jannik Heiland, who took the lead and may sleep effectively with a 0.484-point lead over his closest competitors. He made the choice, after arriving in Omaha, to compete on San Classico S with Sonja Meyer, and had solely sat on the horse a number of occasions earlier than. He proved he’s worthy of the title of Champion, however we should wait to see if he can win it.

The backward stand proved tough for most of the particular person opponents, however none a lot as Daniel Janes. He was 90 per cent by way of a well-executed Technical Check when he prematurely dismounted, costing him closely (6.081).

The environment and anticipation grew within the CHI Well being Heart as we moved to the Pas de Deux competitors. Austrian pair Romana Hintner and Eva Nagiller set the rating to beat (7.657). Their horse Killian and lunger Mary McCormick have up to now proved a strong mixture. The Danish pair got here subsequent, Freja Linde and Maria Thinggaard Sorensen, together with Lunar Eclipse and Kimberly Wellman. They carried out a clear routine for the judges, however have been solely rewarded with 7.267 factors.

Because the competitors heated up, the primary of the German mixtures entered. Presenting a brand new idea, Diana Harwardt and Peter Künne danced their approach by way of their Freestyle till DSP Sir LauLau observed Diana had misplaced her arm quantity and determined to cease, because it was in his approach. The pair have been unable to counteract the motion and Diana took a tumble from fairly a top. Thankfully, they have been all OK and the rating took the worst affect, leaving them in fourth place on 7.236. After a dramatic finish to the earlier check, there was some rigidity as the ultimate German pair entered.

Justin van Gerven and Chiara Congia had made the choice earlier within the day to alter from their deliberate horse, Spotlight FRH, to Max, after Spotlight didn’t appear 100% within the morning. They’re World Champions for a motive.

With Alexandra Knauf on the lunge, the duo surprised the viewers as they caught each single transfer. They rightfully stole the lead and are heading for the title on Saturday scoring 8.370.

After the spherical, van Gerven mentioned, “It was powerful; we needed to work on the horse, however I feel all of us did a very good job; the horse and the lunger and we’re completely happy.”


by Joanne Eccles


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