Luxembourg’s Nicolas Wagner & Quater Back Junior Win Mariakalnok CDI3* Grand Prix

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Nicolas Wagner of Luxembourg and Quater Back Junior. File photo © Digishots

MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, June 26, 2020–Luxembourg’s Nicolas Wagner and Quater Back Junior FRH won the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, the first international dressage competition since mid-March.

Nicolas and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 73.413% for the win in the first competition for the pair in seven months, half of that time resulting from a suspension of international competitions because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Australia’s Simone Pearce and Destano placed second on 71.239% in only the second international appearance of the partnership. The only other CDI for Simone, based in Germany, and the 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion was at Dortmund, one of the last shows before the coronavirus-triggered shutdown.

Destano, previously ridden by Michelle Hagman Hassink of Sweden, has been Simone’s prospect for a place on Australia’s team at the Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year to the summer of 2021.

German team rider Helen Langehanenberg and Hollywood, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Lousie Leatherdale of Long Lake, Minnesota and Susanne Meyer, placed third on 69.891%.

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CDI3* Grand Prix