13 Nov Klimke clinches spectacular victory in Stuttgart
In a battle of the German giants, Ingrid Klimke pinned Isabell Werth into second place while Benjamin Werndl was next in line at the third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League on home ground in Stuttgart (GER) this evening.
Partnering the 14-year-old stallion Franziskus FRH the multi-talented 54-year-old Klimke, who is a five-time Olympian in the sport of Eventing, produced a fabulous Freestyle test for the winning score of 83.440 while Werth, the most medalled athlete in equestrian sport, posted 82.030 with the 12-year-old stallion DSP Quantaz for runner-up spot.
Benjamin Werndl, who scored 81.885 with Daily Mirror, finished ahead of fellow-Germans Frederic Wandres (Bluetooth OLD) in fourth and Dorothee Schneider (Faustus) in fifth. The first of the visitors to get into the limelight was sixth-placed Dinja van Liere (Hartsuijker) from The Netherlands who slotted into sixth place.
Werndl continues to head the Western European League table going into the next round of the 11-leg series which moves to Madrid (ESP) in two weeks’ time.
Source: FEI Press
Photo: Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus FRH, winners of tonight’s third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League series in Stuttgart, Germany. ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster