After four days of competitive driving, Germany’s Dieter Lauterbach won the individual gold medal at the FEI World Single Driving Championships, ahead of Weronika Kwiatek from Poland and Dutch driver Saskia Siebers. The German team also proved successful winning the Nations competition, with Poland taking home silver and Switzerland claiming bronze.
In the ninth edition of the FEI World Single Driving Championships at the Lipizzaner Stud Farm in Piber-Köflach, Austria, 75 horses from 23 nations came forward for the dressage after the first horse inspection.
After driving her dressage test in great weather USA’s Suzy Stafford took the provisional lead after the first day with her horse Peace of Mind. However, she was beaten on the second day by 2014 bronze medallist Marlen Fallak from Germany with her horse Tessa FST.
On Saturday morning after the heavy rain it was decided that one obstacle should be removed from the competition. Weronika Kwiatek won the marathon with her 12-year old gelding Bartnik, ahead of her brother Bartlomiej, with World Championship debutant Stefan Ulrich from Switzerland driving his Pamino U to third place.
The cones course, designed by World Championship course designer Gábor Fintha, was challenging but achievable, demonstrated by the nine clear rounds. World Championship debutant Saskia Siebers drove a good clear round to take bronze. “This was my first World Championship as a competitor and I did not know what to expect. I had hoped for a top-ten placing, but this is fantastic!” said Saskia Siebers.
After time penalties in the obstacle stage, Weronika Kwiatek still took the silver medal. Dieter Lauterbach won gold, with only a little over one penalty point for exceeding the time allowed. “I have won already several medals, but to win individual gold is yet again something special,” says Dieter Lauterbach.
Individual results FEI World Single Driving Championship Piber 2016:
1Dieter Lauterbach (GER) 137,50
2Weronika Kwiatek (POL) 139,68
3Saskia Siebers (NED) 141,36
Team results FEI World Single Driving Championship Piber 2016: