Luxembourg has a new dressage hero in the lead-up to the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The 25-year old Nicolas Wagner made a spectacular international Grand Prix debut on the 9-year old Quater Back Junior at the 2018 CDI-W Mariakalnok in Hungary on 3 - 6 May 2018.
Wagner and Quater Back Junior (by Quaterback x Bonheur) scored a winning 73.652% in the Grand Prix and went on to post any other victorious score on the board, 73.596%, in the Grand Prix Special. He twice kept German Christina Boos on Lobenswert far behind him as he was the sole rider to break the 70% marker in the Grand Prix Special tour. Wagner has competed at Under 25 Grand Prix level before, but this was his senior Grand Prix CDI debut.
Wagner's country mate Sascha Schulz reigned in the Grand Prix Kur tour aboard the licensed Lusitano stallion Dragao. The pair won the Grand Prix with 71.652% and the kur to music with 74.025%. German Uwe Schwanz and Hermes twice ranked behind the pair.
Schwanz was on winning form in the small tour. After placing second in the Prix St Georges behind Swiss Charlotte Lenherr on Sir Stanley, Schwanz and the young 7-year old Danish warmblood bred Rockson (by Rockefeller x Sorento) won the Intermediaire I (71.853%) and Inter I Kur to Music (71.895%).
Check out a photo report from the CDI-W Mariakalnok by Lukasz Kowalski
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