Sunday, the day of the youth and the “special teams”

By 20 November 2019 No Comments

The curtain falls on 2019 Elementa Masters Premiere: Sunday morning saw the entry in the Elementa arena of the two Youth classes as well as the Global Team Cup event that comprised three members (an Open, Non Pro and Para reining rider).  Team Minerva triumphed in the latter competition with a score of 644.  The members of the winning team were Cira Baeck (Open), Evald Rifeser (Non Pro) and Vittoria Marzorati (Para Reining).

With a score of 210, 18-year-old Italian rider Lisa Werdaner secured victory in the Youth 14 – 18  on the 6-year-old mare Shine N Roll Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller). Lisa acquired “Spook” in 2015, but this is not the first horse on which the young rider from Alto-Adige has competed. “I got my first horse when I was 12. I actually saw him here yesterday at the fair in Verona for the first time after many years, and it was really moving.” Lisa is currently trained by Gennaro Lendi who generally encourages her to go into the show pen and “go for it” as Lisa is a self-confessed perfectionist. However, this time she was really pleased with the result: “We completed the manoeuvres better than ever before, so I was really happy with this run.”

Topping the rankings of Youth 13 & Under was the only non-Italian entry in this class: Anna-Marie Zehetbauer, who travelled down from Austria to ride her dad’s Big Leo Gun, paradoxically nicknamed “Little”, to score 215 on the six-year old, home-bred gelding. “I have been riding since I was 3 years old. I started to ride with a really nice gelding called Smart Starlight, also bred by our barn. Currently, I don‘t have a trainer but I ride alone. I was not nervous before the competition; I was just there to give my best. After the competition I was really happy about my horse and about this run”, says Anna-Marie. The neo-Champion added that Little (Mr Gun Dee x Mis Swos Gunsmoke) “is also really nice at home, I like to ride around and just have fun on him.”

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