Nicolas Wettstein wins Indoor Derby in Stuttgart

Ecudorian event rider Nicolas Wettstein claimed a narrow victory over Olympic Champion Michael Jung during the indoor eventing class at the 32nd International Stuttgart German Masters. 

nicolas-wettsteinRiding Onzieme Framoni, the Swiss-born rider beat Jung and fischerRocana FST by 34 hundredths of a second. As a result, the 34-year old once again missed out on winning his eighth indoor eventing class on the first day of the 32nd International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. 

Riding in the sold-out Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Wettstein was the third of the 24 riders to go and attacked the course right from the start before crossing the line in a highly impressive 87.79 seconds. Crowd favourite “Michi” Jung got his 11-year old mare fischerRocana FST to give everything she had but it was not quite enough. His time of 88.13 seconds bettered all his rivals bar one.

Third was Ingrid Klimke). The team Olympic silver medal winner in Rio saddled her Trakehner gelding Parmenides and stopped the clock in 89.01 seconds. A little more than a second down was last year’s winner Sidney Dufresne (France) and the already 17-year old grey gelding Looping de Buissy (90.15) followed by the team Olympic champion Karim Laghouag with the 13-year old mare Pegase du Tuc (91.49). A highly impressive sixth place was the reward for the merely 15-year old German Calvin Böckmann in the saddle on Camissa Nera. The pony European Championships bronze medal winner and the mare of the same age completed the course in 94.39 seconds. 

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