Italienske Anna Cavallaro og Lukas Heppler fra Schweiz fik den bedst mulige start på deres World Cup sæson i voltigering ved at årets første afdeling i Madrid, Spanien. Fire heste og otte atleter tog turen til Spanien hovedstad, hvilket betød at kun en voltigør havde sin egen hest. Derfor var hurtig tilvænning nødvendigt for resten, der også skulle vise deres program på bedste vis.
Throughout the competition, the favourite Cavallaro proved untouchable, finishing on a final score of 8.423. In her first season with 10-year-old Monaco Franze 4, she showed that together they could be formidable lunged by Nelson Vidoni, who consistently gained horse scores in excess of 8.
Performing to Anastasia’s ‘Once upon a December’ under the lights of Madrid Horse Week, Cavallaro was able to show off her great strength and precision, evident in her effortlessly perfect split jumps. Her dynamic freestyle showed her continuing growth in confidence with Monaco Franze 4, as she laid down the gauntlet for the female athletes going into the series.
Competing on borrowed horses, and with a short training day before the start of competition, four female athletes battled to the end. Switzerland’s Nadja Büttiker and Marina Mohar, who both borrowed 22-year-old Simbal, finished second (7.708) and third (7.593), with Isabel Fiala (AUT) placing fourth (6.810) after a tumble on day one from Royal Georg Alexander which impacted her final score.
“In Madrid the competition is wonderful, the organisation is fantastic and the arena is beautiful,” said Cavallaro after her win. “I really want to come back and compete at this competition next year.”…