Perfect starts for Isabell Werth and Felix Haßmann. Astrid Neumayer made it onto the podium. </p><div> <p>Even if the empty spectator stands in the Salzburgarena hurt, the international equestrian elite started the Amadeus Horse Indoors on Thursday in a great mood. "You can already see from the strong field of participants that the dressage riders are very happy to finally be able to ride again. We are very grateful to the organizers that they made this event possible with great commitment," said German dressage legend Isabell Werth. She is happy to accept the many requirements that she has to comply with in Salzburg due to the corona pandemic. "<a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p> The security measures here are just perfect for us, we all feel very comfortable," emphasizes Werth.</p>
During her first two appearances, she showed how comfortable the 51-year-old feels in Salzburg. Werth won the CDI3 * Grand Prix on Thursday and the Grand Prix Special on Thursday in front of her German compatriot Lena Waldmann. A victory that Victoria Max-
The urer was also happy about, as the 13-time Austrian national champion is half co-owner of Werth’s horse DSP Quantaz. After finishing fourth behind Danish Nanna Skodberg Merrald in the first competition, Astrid Neumayer from Upper Austria made it onto the podium on Friday. Timna Zach from Styria rode in seventh and sixth place.
The first of a total of six CSI4 * competitions at the Amadeus Horse Indoors also ended with a German double victory on Thursday. In order to get used to the conditions in the hall and to give the horses a positive feeling at the start of the tournament, many riders took to the opening competition calmly and accepted time errors. Felix Haßmann found the best middle ground on Balance, who won 44 hundredths of a second ahead of his compatriot Hans Dieter Dreher on Vestmalle des Cotis. Third place went to Kim Emmen from the Netherlands, who finished second at the CSI2 * Grand Prix at the same location last weekend.
The Tyrolean Christoph Obernauer was almost ten seconds slower than the winner Haßmann and rode with Kleons Cocario in 15th place. Bianca Babanitz from Burgenland landed three places behind, one second behind.
The German again completed the course without mistakes and fastest. Emmen from the Netherlands improved to second place. Bad luck for Obernauer, who had to admit defeat to Pole Przemyslaw Konopacki by two tenths of a second in the battle for third place. Jürgen Krackow from SRC Lamprechtshausen missed the final of the top twelve by just one place.