Next week the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final will get underway in Dortmund.
So far this season we have been treated to loads of exceptional moments, so let’s take a look at the Top 6:
1. The celebration says it all.
Reigning champion Daniel Kaiser rocked the freestyle in Leipzig. Taking the title at the final qualifier in front of his home crowd, the emotion was clear to see. It was a hard fought battle as he came back from 2nd in the first round to beat fellow German, Jannik Heiland.
Daniel put on a masterful display of his Houdini routine drawing on all his competitive experience to wow the crowds and judges alike.
If he’s able to recreate the near perfection of Leipzig, he could take home the title for a second consecutive year.
2. No risk, no reward
When the boundaries are pushed and pressure is applied, there’s often a thin line between perfection and a loss of balance from the horse – it can come down to a matter of inches and whether luck is on your side that day.
In Paris, the Pas de Deux got its FEI World Cup™ 2016/2017 season off to a dramatic start. We saw Simon and Lucie Chevrel take the title despite falling both days as they executed their breathtaking, signature stand-on-stand move, while Syra Schmid & Zoe Maruccio also suffered falls from their horse.