The Briton Michael Eilberg celebrated his second victory in the Small Tour with his 9-year-old future hope Woodlander Farouche. They won the Intermediaire I with 73.684 percent ahead of Wibke Bruns (GER) with San Francisco OLD (72.316) and Jennifer Hoffmann (USA) with Florentinus V (71.184). “I told my father that one has to especially focus on the arena here at Schindlhof because it is very tempting to raise one’s head to admire the wonderful mountain panorama,“ laughed Michael Eilberg alluding to today’s slightly lower scores compared to yesterday’s Prix St. Georges. In this event the British team vice world champion and his former world champion of young dressage horses received 76.579 percent and were ahead of the rest of the field by more than 4 percent. This time there were some deductions for the canter and in the end a winning margin amounted to a little more than one percentage point to the runner-up Wibke Bruns with San Francisco OLD, the 8-year-old Oldenburg owned by Austria’s Olympic dressage champion Elisabeth Max-Theurer. Katharina Mayer and her 10-year-old Hanoverian Choucou were happy about ninth place; as the best Austrian duo they took a top-10 position. Yesterday the athlete from Lower Austria finished on eleventh place.
Foto: Karl-Heinz Frieler