Swiss young star wins

75.15 percent for the young Swiss Estelle Wettstein and her 10-year-old mare West Side Story resulted in a superior Freestyle victory on Saturday at the international four-star dressage show in Achleiten.

Estelle Wettstein with West Side Story.

Best Austrians: Amanda Hartung und Dresscode Black.

Fotos (c) Michael Rzepa

21-year-old Estelle Wettstein, who was once also successful in show jumping in the Swiss Junior Team (team gold at the European Championships 2013, 4th at the Junior European Championships 2014) dominated the Freestyle Tour in the castle dressage arena. “I am simply happy,“ the athlete from Zurich said in the ORF interview.

As on Friday in the Grand Prix, the best Austrian was Amanda Hartung from Tyrol with Dresscode Black. To self-edited rock music by Queen and Meat Loaf, the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding and the rider took fourth place with 70.925 percent.

“The spoiled one-tempi flying changes and a piaffe were my mistake. I am very happy about his performance in the Freestyle, the music just suits him so well,“ the 38-year-old  Tyrolean champion, now looking forward to the Freestyle Tour at Schindlhof in three weeks, said.

Timna Zach and her 11-year-old Dutch gelding Chico scored over 70 percent and finished in 7th place. “Things are going in the right direction,“ the 26-year-old Styrian, who has a new coach, the German national team coach Jonny Hilberath, analyzed. “It would be nice if I could show many flawless laps at the next shows at Schindlhof and in Cappeln.“

In the Medium Tour, Austria’s record state champion Victoria Max-Theurer and her young talent Benaglio took the victory, just as the reigning state champion, Belinda Weinbauer, did with Ferrero Küsschen MJ in the Small Tour despite the onset of downpour.

N°03 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle
1. Estelle Wettstein (SUI), West Side Story 75.150 percent
2. Ursula Wagner (GER), Dilenzio OLD 72.475
3. Valentina Truppa (ITA), Ranieri 71.2
4. Amanda Hartung (AUT), Dresscode Black 70.925
7. Timna Zach (AUT), Chico 32 70.375
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