There were surprise wins in dressage and show jumping at the end of the German Masters at the Schleierhalle in Stuttgart.
The Stuttgart Grand Prix is a classic in global show jumping. Since the premiere of the German Masters tournament in the fall of 1985, major stars in the saddle have entered the list of winners; Meredith Michaels-Birbaum three times with the legendary Shutterfly, John Whitaker with the equally famous Gray Milton, and Ludger Beerbaum only five times. even with horses like Ratina Z, Gladys and Gotha, Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet and Codex One. Maxim comes from the last. “If you want to be one of the greats, you must have won the World Championship held in Stuttgart.”
39 athletes from 17 countries are lined up to join the winner’s shortlist on Sunday, including three professionals who have already won the Grand Prix once: Markus Anning, Hans-Dieter Dreher and France’s Kevin Stout. As expected, there was a tough fight for the total prize money of 170 thousand euros. Top 13 Jumping Horses Richard Vogel of Mannheim had his best finish on the ten-year-old Westphalian mare United Touch; €56,000 in prize money and 20 plus points to reach the World Cup finals in April 2023. in Omaha / USA. Stuttgart was the fifth of 14 stops along the way. The 25-year-old was overwhelmed. “What a week for me and my horses. I still can’t believe it. Thursday I won the indoor championship for us from Baden-Württemberg and today I won the world cup.”
He is the second rider from Baden-Württemberg to win this World Cup event, after Hans-Dieter Dreher from Sudbaden, who won the Embassy in 2013. A pupil of Ludger Beerbaum, Vogel is one of the best young German cyclists. National coach Otto Becker says. “My favorite music is our national anthem. when it sounds, I know one of my riders has won. Richard has improved tremendously over the past few months.” Second place was shared by Ireland’s Dennis Lynch on Brooklyn Heights and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat on Dynamix de Belheme, who tied for the same time. “He did an unbelievable job,” Guerdat said of Vogel, the London 2012 Olympic champion. “This is totally worth it.”
The starting position in the international dressage arena seemed clear. As Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, the Olympic champion in Tokyo, saddled her second horse, Ferdinand, Isabelle Werth had a great chance to win four more times in the Schleierhalle. But nothing came of the tenth freestyle victory in Stuttgart. during his tour several mishaps occurred with the twelve-year-old Qantas; in the end, the “queen of dressage” had to accept defeat to Ingrid Klimke from Munster in her 14th year. old stallion Franziskus. Vert’s brief justification. “Ingrid drove without mistakes today, unfortunately I didn’t. That’s why he won, not me.”
In the Classic Tour German Masters, which Isabelle Wert had already won 15 times, it got worse for her. he had to cancel the start immediately, he could not qualify for the final on Sunday. “It was really bad luck. But it’s not a serious injury.”
This paved the way for Kronberg’s Matthias Alexander Rath, who attracted mixed attention between 2010 and 2015 with the wonder stallion Totilas. The 38-year-old deservedly won the Destacado, his biggest success in a long time. His comment. “It’s been 15 years since I participated in Stuttgart, and today I had this great success. My horse is on his way to good sport. And Stuttgart is a great tournament.”