Piaff Forderpreis for Sonja Bolz

Piaff Forderpreis for Sonja Bolz

Sonja Bolz (Kerpen, Germany) was in a class of her own early Friday morning when winning by a margin of over 100 points: Sonja scored 1,655 points (69,122%) from the judges for her performance in the “Liselott Schindling Stiftung” competition – the final of the “Piaff Förderpreis” at the 21st International Stuttgart German Masters Horse Show. She therefore comfortably dominated the Grand Prix competition – the climax of the series for German riders under 25 – on the 14-year-old Holstein gelding Cockney, who has already been ridden by World Champion Nadine Capellmann.

The «Piaff-Förderpreis» is designed to further the careers of young women and men riders so that they can move up to Grand Prix competition,” said show director Gotthilf Riexinger when afterwards praising the performance of Sonja Bolz and Cockney. After her success in her first ever final, the smiling winner – who is also a successful showjumping rider – recognised: «I’ve always heard that Stuttgart is one of the best loved shows for riders. Therefore I was very proud even to be able to take part here. I naturally hoped to win. Especially, as I went into the competition as the leading rider after qualifying. But when it does actually happen, then it’s naturally something special.»

Bolz was full of praise for her gelding. «I’ve had him in for over a year in the stables, but I’ve only been really able to build up a real relationship with him over the last few months. He’s a wonderful animal and always tries very hard.»

Anna Katharina Luttgen on Duvalier finished second scoring 1.549 points (67,463%) followed by Johanna von Fircks on Royal Flash 1.529 points (64,244%).

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