Coming into the second round, Switzerland’s Nadja Büttiker held a comfortable 0.3 lead ahead of her closest rivals Germany’s Kristina Boe and Denmark’s Sheena Bendixen – both of whom unusually were tied on the same score after round 1 (8.100).
Nadja, who had previously secured maximum qualifying points after wins in both Paris and Salzburg, performed her ‘Time’ routine with an abundance of confidence and ease. With Keep Cool III and lunger Monika Winkler-Bischofberger (8.688), her team looked in complete harmony.
Nadja will have her sights firmly on taking top honours at the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final in Saumur after finishing second at the final last year.
After occupying joint second, the race was on to see whether it would be defending FEI Vaulting World Cup™ champion Kristina Boe or Sheena Bendixen who would prevail to challenge Nadja for the top spot.
On board 9-year-old French Kiss with lunger Lasse Kristensen, Sheena, armed with her dynamic style, attacked her routine set to ‘River’ by Bishop Briggs (8.271).
However, it wasn’t enough to fend off a ‘practically perfect’ Mary Poppins routine by Boe, who posted the highest second round freestyle score (8.970).
Kristina, who is set to retire at the conclusion of the 2019 FEI Vaulting World Cup™ final, has been thrilling crowds throughout the series by bringing back some of her old favourites.
In Leipzig we saw the reincarnation of both ‘Rey’ from Star Wars, as well as her ‘Zombie’ theme, and Offenburg proved no different. Alongside Highlander and lunger Winnie Schlüter she converted her 2016/2017 ‘Mary Poppins’ technical test into a freestyle - much to the delight of the Offenburg crowd (8.535).
After a day of outstanding performances Boe finished narrowly behind Büttiker in second, with Bendixen third and Leipzig winner Janika Derks fourth (8.190).