Canada’s Ryan Torkkeli & Sternenwanderer Win Stadl-Paura CDI4* Grand Prix Special Following Personal Best Score in Grand Prix

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Ryan Torkkeli and Sternenwander. File photo. © Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

STADL-PAURA, Austria, April 17, 2022–Canada’s Ryan Torkkeli rode Sternenwanderer to victory in the CDI4* Grand Prix Sunday with scores from this competition that put the pair at the top of the rankings for selection to his nation’s team for the world championships in four months.

Ryan and the 16-year-old Rhinelander gelding scored 71.426% in the first international competition in seven months for the partnership that is based in Germany and is coached by Dieter Laugks. The duo posted a personal best score of 70.826% for fourth place in the Grand Prix Saturday.

Austria’s Renate Voglsang on Fürst Ferdinand zur Fasanenhöhe was second on 70.575% with Delia Eggenberger of Switzerland on Fairtrade third on 70.064%.

The 40-year-old Ryan has been competing Sternenwanderer in international competition for the past year with a win at Deauville, France last July.

Canada’s world championship selection criteria calls for a team average of 70% in competitions from Jan. 1 through mid-June, with both Grand Prix and Special scores factored in.

Canadian riders Naïma Moreira Laliberté and Evi Strasser are in Europe following the Wellington winter circuit and are scheduled to compete later this week at the Horses & Dreams tournament in Hagen, Germany.

CORRECTION: Ryan works with Germany’s Dieter Laugks.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Freddy Leyman Ulrike Nivelle Carlos Lopes Claudia Thaler Thomas Keßler
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.426 CAN Ryan Torkkeli Sternenwanderer 69.255 71.915 71.383 72.766 71.809
2. 70.575 AUT Renate Voglsang Fürst Ferdinand zur Fasanenhöhe 71.809 70.319 69.681 71.596 69.468
3. 70.064 SUI Delia Eggenberger Fairtrade 69.043 69.681 70 71.702 69.894
4. 69.574 GER Franziska Stieglmaier Samurai 504 69.149 69.468 70.638 70.532 68.085
5. 69.553 AUT Astrid Neumayer Zap Zap 69.362 70.532 70.532 70.532 66.809
6. 67.702 GER Geertje Hesse-Wadenspanner Doctor Davidson 67.553 68.191 69.149 65.638 67.979
7. 66.766 GER Andrea Timpe Friesen Ball 67.553 66.383 66.809 66.17 66.915