in Saumur

21 April 2019

Germany’s Janika Derks, Colombia’s Juan Martin Clavijo and Theresa-Sophie Bresch & Torben Jacobs (GER) were crowned FEI Vaulting World Cup™ champions after a thrilling and historic night of action in Saumur...

Janika Derks (GER) dominated throughout the duration of the competition to take the title by an impressive margin.  


Debuting a new ‘Million Dollar Baby’ theme in the final, her freestyle packed a powerful punch and was a ‘knock-out’ with the judges (8.753).


Defying Germany the consecutive clean sweep, the Colombian flag was raised in the individual male category as Juan Martin Clavijo (8.976) fought off tough competition from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ silver and bronze medallists, Jannik Heiland and Thomas Brusewitz respectively, to take the title.


It was an emotional evening, as Theresa-Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs concluded their international pas de deux career by defending the title they won so emphatically last year in Dortmund.


Despite their horse Danny Boy enjoying the occasion in the final freestyle, they were untouchable, concluding their pas de deux story in fairy-tale fashion (8.576).

Derks won
by an impressive

For the first time since the inception of the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ in 2011, Saumur hosted the final in conjunction with its highly popular annual CVI...

With 276 athletes in attendance from 16 nations, the beautifully lit Ecole nationale d'équitation provided the perfect backdrop for three days of FEI Vaulting.


Kristina Boe, Jannis Drewell and Theresa-Sophie Bresch & Torben Jacobs returned to defend titles, aiming to replicate the German clean sweep of successes from the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final in Dortmund last year.



In the female category, three German and three Swiss competitors lined-up against one another, hungry for FEI World Cup™ glory.


Prior to the competition, defending champion Kristina Boe announced that at the conclusion of the final, she would be retiring from competition.


Throughout her ‘farewell tour’ this World Cup season, Boe has been delighting fans by bringing back some of her old favourite routines.  


It was only fitting that she would conclude her career with her freestyle interpretation of Jane Goodall which won her the double gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™.  


In the final freestyle her horse Highlander came to an early halt at the end of Kristina’s otherwise flawless routine, unfortunately costing her a spot on the podium (8.122). It does nothing to detract from her unparalleled FEI Vaulting career and the long list of accolades to her name.


The night belonged to her compatriot Janika Derks (GER), who convincingly led the competition from beginning to end and won by an astonishing 0.4 margin (8.753). Armed with her new ‘Million Dollar Baby’ freestyle, alongside her horse Carousso Hit and lunger Jessica Lichtenberg, she was untouchable by the rest of the field.


A hair’s breadth separated second-placed Marina Mohar (8.390) and third-placed Nadja Buttiker - both hailing from Switzerland.


Overnight a mere 0.04 separated the young, expressive Colombian vaulter Juan Martin Clavijo and top FEI Vaulting World Cup™ qualifier Jannik Heiland.  


After round one the two had pulled away from the rest of the highly decorated field and a tense head-to-head battle ensued.


The night belonged to Clavijo (8.976) as his astonishing expression, flexibility and the sheer complexity of his freestyle scored him a second-round total in excess of nine to maintain his lead ahead of Heiland who finished 2nd (8.770).


Finishing third, Thomas Brusewitz debuted his new Alexander Hamilton routine.  


Complete with his signature back-facing backflip, he added another FEI World Cup podium finish to his impressive list of accolades after finishing 2nd in both the 2013 &2015 finals (8.690).

Bresch & Jacobs
their title

Last year’s winner, Jannis Drewell (GER), under the new ‘Eddie the Eagle’ alias, finished sixth...

The competition marked a new era for Drewell and new growth, teaming up with Qualimero who made his international debut with Drewell in Saumur one year ago.


In the Pas de Deux category, Saumur signalled the end of an era with legends Theresa-Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs concluding their international career in dominant fashion.  


Overnight they led the field by a whopping 0.7 points after an impressive rendition of their matador routine.

In the final round, Danny Boy was enjoying the electric atmosphere, thus the pair opted to leave out their last big lift combination but thanks to their dominant round one performance, defence of the title was never in doubt (8.576).

Theresa and Torben have brought so much to the Pas De Deux category over the years, inspiring legions of fans around the world. They will leave a lasting impact on the sport.


The young, exciting pairing of Haley Smith and Daniel Janes for the US finished second (8.238) with Syra Schmid & Zoe Maruccio rounding off the podium in third (7.216).


Another remarkable FEI Vaulting World Cup™ has come to an end, one that will live long in the memories of vaulting fans around the world. Keep up to date with all things FEI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


Text by Hannah Eccles

Images by Thomas Reiner


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