2019 SVAG FEI World Championships for Young Riders - As Team Germany flies to the Gold medal, it takes a tiebreaker to determine the Team Silver for France and the Bronze for USA

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An amazingly high level of competition, incredibly talented young riders guiding athletic reining horses kept everybody glued to their seats; literally from the beginning until the end of the World Reining Championships for Young Riders.

Givrins, July 12 — Provided by Simona Diale — Team USA posted a total composite score of 646 thanks to a great performance offered by Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Dolled Up, first to go for the United States. The duo nailed each and every maneuver required by pattern #5 closing their run with a great 220.5 score. “I knew riding in the warm up pen, and as soon as I walked in the show arena, that my mare was going to be good,” said Taylor. “She likes the big circles, has a lot of place to run in this big arena and I am on cloud nine, especially being here running for my team. Adding to Zimmerman’s great score was past FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist Cade McCutcheon’s 218 riding Smart Little Dunnit and Dani Latimer’s 207.5 score atop Could You Be Loved, a horse she loaned from Italian Letizia Tosetti.
When the picture seemed to depict Team USA on the highest step of the podium, Axel Pesek and Uncle Sparky, the 2017 SVAG FEI World Championship Junior Individual gold medalists, came back with yet another outstanding performance paid back by the judges with a 220 which brought the composite score to a…646, thus tying with the American team. Before Pesek, team mate Margaux Legrand and Wound Up Whiz had closed their run with a 214.5 and third team member, Estelle Sole guiding RS Bloody Mary Spat had performed to a 211.5. “My horse was absolutely fantastic,” said Axel who also represented his country with his mount at the past FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon. But it wasn’t over yet and little did we know that the tie-breaker would have to be used for reserve and third place honors!
In the last set of riders, Team Germany had anchor rider Michelle Maibaum and her Star Sailor Whiz ready to turn the cards on the table. The pair entered the show arena determined to give their best, and so they did. “Nobody told what score I had to post to beat the leading composite score and, although the pressure was on big time, I concentrated on my run,” she said at the end of her go. “On top of it all, since I’ve only had my horse for three months, I don’t know him very well, but he was really good for me and I am super happy that I made my team win the gold.” The total score for Germany, after Michelle and her mount scored a 217.5, went up to a 646.5 and the Gold was all theirs thanks to the performances of Germany’s Johannes Heil and Whizper Lil Gump BB (218), Franziska Engel riding her KD Whizoffthefuture (211). Unfortunately Merrit Neben and Tin Whizin posted a zero. “Once again I can only say that I am extremely proud of my young riders,” said Team Coach Nico Hoermann who collected yet another medal in the prestigious SVAG FEI World and European Reining Championships held in Givrins.
The top 20 scores plus ties will automatically advance to the SVAG FEI World Reining Championship for Young Riders Individual Final.
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By Simona Diale