Lipica, 28. 5. 2016

Four Charming Ladies Compete for First Place and World Cup Points Tomorrow

Lipica Stud Farm is ready for tomorrow’s Grand Finale of the FEI CDIW / CDI3* International Dressage World Cup Tournament. At 2:30 p.m., 15 riders will compete for World Cup Points in the most demanding Grand Prix category, the Freestyle to Music Programme.

The competitors who qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Finale in Friday’s Grand Prix Competition, will perform the choreography of the most complex dressage figures accompanied by music; the elegance and harmony of the best dressage horses being fully expressed.

Amongst the favourites to win are four ladies who have already competed at Lipica on several occasions: Russian competitor Tatiana Miloserdova and her horse Awakening (winner of Friday’s Grand Prix Competition); Swiss-rider-with-Slovene surname Marcela Krinke-Susmelj and her horse Smeyers Sopran; Russian competitor Elena Sidneva and her horse Romeo Star; and Italian rider Valentina Truppa and her horse Fixdesign Ranieri.

The atmosphere at Lipica Hippodrome will, therefore, be tense until the last moment. After two years, the Grand Finale will also include a Slovenian competitor: Polona Kalan with her horse Elton.

Tomorrow’s competitions starts at 08.00 a.m. with a freestyle programme for competitors with ponies, followed by two Freestyle to Music Programmes for juniors and young riders, as well as the Grand Prix Special Competition. Later in the afternoon, a freestyle programme competition with music at Intermediate I level takes place.

Today’s most demanding Intermediate I Competition was won by Irish rider Anna Merveldt and her horse Idamentes. Hungarian competitor Berill Szoke Toth and her horse Donnington Park took first place in the young rider category, whilst first place in the junior category went to Italian competitor Valentina Remold and her horse Broadway for the second time.

The children’s category was, once again, won by Austrian rider Theresa Staudinger and her horse Sunlight 4, whilst first place in the competition with ponies went to young Italian rider Nina Teresa Zennaro and her pony Deusmann.

The 75 riders and 101 horses from 15 different countries who participated in the competition will be welcomed at today’s pre-finale reception by Acting Director of Lipica Stud Farm Lorela Dobrinja.