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Schumach follows up with Freestyle victory

Day two at the international four-star dressage tournament in Achleiten and national champion Christian Schumach followed up his Grand Prix victory on Friday with a victory in the Freestyle on Saturday.

The Carinthian danced to Italian pop tunes with his 15-year-old mare Donna Karacho and reached 73.840 percentage points, which meant the narrow victory ahead of the German Stefanie Schatz-Weihermüller and C'est la vie (73.535 %).

The victory could have been clearer had Donna Karacho not gone out of stride on the final line in the piaffe. "A little misunderstanding, but that´s on me," said the Olympic competitor.

Overall, the first Freestyle victory for Christian Schumach and his satisfied final balance remains: "Donna is becoming more and more relaxed, there is more and more routine coming in. Today I also got into the riding a lot more. I am especially pleased with the always honest feedback from my riding colleague and friend Peter Gmoser, who said our canter pirouette today was very successful."

N°3 FEI Grand Prix Kür

1. Christian Schumach (AUT), Donna Karacho 73.840 Prozent

2. Stefanie Schatz-Weihermüller, C’est la vie 73.535


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