Efter et spændende opgør der næsten fik fyldt alle sæderne i Schleyer Halle i Stutgartt, vandt hollandske Ijsbrand Chardon over sin nærmeste rival Boyd Exell fra Østrig i sæsonens første World Cup i kørsel. Georg von Stein fra Tyskland deltog på et wild card og sluttede på tredjepladsen.
Chardon set the time to beat in the second round, in which the top three drivers started from scratch. Last starter Boyd Exell knocked down two cones and was unable to beat Chardon’s time, which resulted in Chardon wining Stuttgart again, for the first time since 2007.
Boyd Exell used a new left leader horse in his team as well. The 18-year-old gelding Costa contributed to Boyd’s very fast team of horses. Being the last man in, Boyd was so focused in the first marathon obstacle, he completed with an extra circle. Whilst trying to make up for this mistake, the four-times World Champion went even faster, but knocked down two balls and finished in second place…