Marcela Krinke Susmelj In Sopran Big Tour Debut Wins Lipica World Cup, Ulla Salzgeber & Sir Simon Take CDI3* Special

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Marcela Krinke Susmelj riding Smeyers  Sopran in the horse's Big Tour  debut. © 2016 Sibil Slejko/Kobilarna Lipica - Lipica Stud Farm
Marcela Krinke Susmelj riding Smeyers Sopran in the horse’s Big Tour debut. © 2016 Sibil Slejko/Kobilarna Lipica – Lipica Stud Farm

LIPICA, Slovenia, May 29, 2016–Marcela Krinke Susmelj rode Smeyers Sopran in their Big Tour debut to win the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday. German Olympian Ulla Salzgeber on Sir Simon won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special.

Switzerland’s top rider and the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 72.500 per cent for the victory in the second event on the World Cup Central European League circuit. The win on Sopran that competed at Small Tour until last summer earned Marcela the maximum of 20 points that she takes back to her home Western European League.

Sascha Schulz of Luxembourg on Atomic that was in only the 11-year-old KWPN gelding’s second show and first Freestyle at Big Tour placed second on 71.675 per cent. Italy’s Micol Rustignolie on Fixdesign Corallo Nero was third on 71.500 per cent.

The Central European League has scheduled 14 World Cup qualifiers leading to the Final in Omaha, Nebraska at the end of March next March.Russia’s Inessa Merkulova is atop the CEL standings after winning the 2016-17 opening competition to earn 20 points.

Ulla Salzgeber, the German Olympic rider,  and Sir Simon won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special with 70.083 per cent.

This was only the third show for Ulla and the eight-year-old Westfalen gelding since moving up to CDI Big Tour less than three months ago.

Isabelle Steidle, also of Germany, and Long Drink were second on 69.479 per cent and Luxembourg’s Sascha Schulz on Wito Corleone third on 67.375 per cent

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Lipica CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Correction: Ulla Salzgeber won the CDI3* Grand Prix Prix Special. An earlier version incorrectly reported the CDI3* Freestyle.