Austrian Belinda Weinbauer and Luxembourg Sascha Schulz dominated the big tour classes at the 2019 CDI-W Mariakalnok in Hungary on 9 - 12 May 2019.
With a big field of competitors making the event action packed across the levels from ponies to Grand Prix, the CDI-W Mariakalnok was once again a big success.
The Grand Prix was split up into two tours: a special and the World cup qualifier via the freestyle.
Austrian Belinda Weinbauer made her international Grand Prix debut on Pernille Heuser-Hladik's 14-year old Oldenburg mare Fustanella (by Don Romantic x Rubinstein) after no less than a four year break from international competition. The pair last competed at a CDI in October 2015 in Kaposvar at small tour level. Four years later they made their come back at Grand Prix at the CDI Ebreichsdorf last April. In Mariakalnok they won the Grand Prix with 71.022% and the Special with 72.064%.
In the World Cup tour, Sascha Schulz and Dressage Grand Ducal's 11-year old Lusitano stallion Dragao (by Unico x Xaquiro) proved consistency and won the Grand Prix with 72.283% and the Kur to Music on 75.440%.
At small tour level Hungarian Csaba Szokola and the 11-year old Hungarian sport horse bred Enying (by Balou de Rouet x Acorn) won the Prix St Georges with 70.049%. The grey was first competed internationally by Gabor Szavay but last year Szokola took over the ride. The Intermediaire I and Inter I kur to Music became a double victory for French Rachel Bastady aboard Agathe Stempflin's 9-year old Oldenburg mare Donnerdiora (by Krack C x Donnerschlag). They scored 71.088% and 75.025%
Photos © Lukasz Kowalski