Lipica, 29. 5. 2016

Marcela Krinke Susmelj, Swiss Rider with Slovene Surname Wins Lipica Grand Prix Freestyle for Third Time

Marcela Krinke Susmelj, the Swiss-rider-with-Slovene surname, and her horse Smeyers Sopran won the Grand Prix Freestyle to music in the FEI CDIW / CDI3* International World Cup Dressage Competition. In the most difficult of tests, which counts towards the World Cup, Krinke Susmelj impressed judges gaining 72.5% and securing first place. 

Further to 2012 and 2015’s victories, this is the Swiss rider’s third win at Lipica. Winning the first two competitions with Smeyers Molberg, she appeared with younger horse Smeyers Sopran this year. “I will definitely come back next year. Lipica is my favourite of all the competitions held outdoors in the open air,” said Krinke Susmelj after the formal announcement of results.

Contributing to her love of this venue are, undoubtedly, the family ties that bind her to Lipica, as she is married to Ivan Šušmelj, a former Lipica Stud Farm rider, who moved to Switzerland in 1968, started a family and continued his work with horses.

Luxembourger Sascha Schulz took second place in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music riding Atomic scoring 71.675%, whilst Italian Micol Rustignoli riding Fixdesign Corallo Nero was placed third scoring 71.5%.

The top ranking athletes received awards from Jožef Klavdij Novak, President of the Equestrian Federation of Slovenia, and Alojz Posedel, Lipica Stud Farm Council Member.

Winning the Grand Prix Special test was top German rider Ulla Salzgeber with Sir Simon, Italian Claudia Montanari and Titus Fan De Maaren secured the Intermediate I Freestyle to Music test, whilst Hungarian Berill Szoke Toth riding Donnington Park scored highest in the Young Riders Freestyle to Music. Italian Valentina Remold riding Broadway was winner of the final Juniors Competition, whilst her compatriot Nina Teresa Zennaro and her pony Deusmann won the Pony Riders Freestyle to Music.

Held over four days in Lipica, this international competition played host to 75 competitors and 101 horses from 15 countries.