Lipica, 29. 5. 2017

For the fourth time, the great winner of the Lipica tournament is Marcela Krinke Susmelj, a Swiss national with a Slovene surname

The International dressage competition for the World Cup - FEI CDI3*–W at Lipica Stud Farm ended on high spirits. During the four successful and sunny days of the competition at Lipica, we saw the performances of competitors from 16 countries, including two riders who competed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Yesterday, Marcela Krinke Susmelj, a Swiss national with a Slovene surname, and her horse Smeyers Molberg became the great winners of the International dressage competition for the World Cup - FEI CDI3*–W at Lipica Stud Farm. During the hardest task, the free programme with music, which is at the Grand Prix level and brings World Cup points, she convinced the judges with excellent execution of the most difficult dressage figures and won first place with 75.878 points.

After 2012, 2015, and 2016, this year Marcela Krinke Susmelj celebrated her fourth victory in Lipica. She won her first, second, and last gold with Smeyers Molberg, with whom she also competed in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and recently placed 12th in the 2016/2017 World Cup finale. With her second horse, Smeyers Sopran, she won the Grand Prix Special task.

“I love coming back to Lipica, as I often place first or second and gain the first points in the new World Cup season. I am very happy, Molberg was very good,” said Marcela Krinke Susmelj after the results were announced.

Part of her happiness and good feelings also comes from the family ties she has with Lipica: her husband, Ivan Šušmelj (now Susmelj), is a former rider of Lipica Stud Farm, who moved to Switzerland in 1968, where he started a family and continued to work with horses.

Second place in the grand final went to the Austrian rider Belinda Weinbauer with the horse Söhnlein Brilliant (75.075 points) and the third place to the renowned Italian rider Vlentina Truppa with her horse Ranieri (72.425 points), who also competed in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and in London.

In the Intermediate free programme with music, victory went to Austrian Amanda Hartung with horse Fuerst Flipper, and in the young riders category to Hungarian rider Reka Zengo and her horse Ronaldinho. In the junior category, the victor was her fellow countrywoman Beril Szoke Toth with her horse Donna Roma and among the youngest riders with ponies first place went to the young Austrian rider Daria Hohenwarter with her pony Candyman.

In the four days, 66 competitors with 86 horses from sixteen countries performed in this international tournament.

 

Startinglists and results.

Foto: Sibil Slejko