Easy vaulting win for Linder/Wacha

Stuttgart – Sunday morning’s vaulting final for the Prize of MASTERHORSE ended in a win for the Austrians Jasmin Linder and Klaus Wacha. They lived up to their status as favourites after being given, as they were yesterday, the day’s highest score (9.091 points) for their performance on the 15-year-old Czech gelding Elliot which was guided by longeur Klaus Haidacher. Their total score of 8.852 points handed them a comfortable win.

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The day’s second best performance (7.764) was enough to move up the reigning World and Austrian national champions Eva Nagiller and Katharina Wegscheider up to second after lying third on Saturday (total score: 7.508). They also took advantage of the enormous experience of Elliot and Klaus Haidacher to leapfrog Erica Di Forti and Lorenzo Lupacchini. The Italian duo on the 14-year-old gelding Regent (longeur Andrea Blatz) was second after the first round but only managed 7.469 points on Sunday – the final score of 7.460 left them in third.

Despite a big improvement over the previous day and 7.662 points in the second round, the young Germans Lisa Blankenhorn and Jule Roth on Luigi, an 11-year-old gelding bred in Rhineland, and Andrea Blatz on the lunge only managed to finish fourth (7.398).