Hamburg based Portuguese team rider Boaventura Freire brought a smile to the international indoor competition in Zakrzow, Poland, on 5 - 7 April 2019 after he twice moved into the winner's circle with two big tour victories in the pocket.
For Freire and his 12-year old Hanoverian Sai Baba (by Sir Donnerhall) it was a pleasant revisit to Zakrzow after a 6-month competition break. Their last show was in October 2018 in Zakrzow as well, where they were fourth and third. This time they won the Grand Prix with 70.522%, which is a personal best score, and the Kur with 74.550%.
The Grand Prix featured a field of 17 combinations from 10 different countries. Polish Zaneta Skowronska-Kozubik was second twice on her 10-year old German Sport Horse mare Romantic P. This was the mare's second CDI ever and this time the liver chestnut earned 67.957% in the Grand Prix and 72.400% in the Kur.
The Grand Prix Special was won by Polish Katarzyna Milczarek on her Oldenburg gelding Dzeko (by Dimaggio). After an eight place in the Grand prix with 64.848%, they upped the ante in the Special and won the class on 70.447%.
The small tour division with 17 combinations at the starting line became a duel between the Danish based Norwegian Ellen Birgitte Farbrot and the Lithuanian Sandro Sysojeva. Aboard her 11-year old Westfalian Furst (by Florenciano x Furst Piccolo), Sysojeva won the Prix St Georges on 69.765%, but was second in the Inter I and Kur. Farbrot and the Norwegian owned Red Rebel grabbed the Inter I with 72.853% and the Kur on 75.600%.
The youth divisions were action packed with Polish Tatiana Bierieznow winning all three pony classes aboard her 7-year old palomino Gluckspilz, while Polish Natalia Plata scored a hattrick in the children's division at her first ever international competition aboard the 12-year old Hanoverian Dolcetto. In the junior classes it was a toss up between Norwegian Carmen Gronvold Johannessen and Russian Margarita Anashkina. Gronvold won the team test, but Anashkina dominated the individual and kur. At young riders' level there were three different winners in the three rounds: Polish Anna Wojtkowska and Danes Sandra Kristoffersen and Olivia Nistrup Lamm.
Photos © Lukasz Kowalski - full photo gallery of the 2019 CDI Zakrzow here.
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