In English – WC2023: What a wonderful ending to the World Championships!

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Sys Pilegaard with turbo tölter Abel fra Tyrevoldsdal. Photo: Photohestur/Sabina Svenningsson.

The concluding event of the World Championships, the tölt final, unquestionably lived up to its expectations, featuring a truly remarkable assembly of equestrian talent. Among the participants were two Swedish riders who made their presence felt. Stjáni Magnússon, the victor from the B-final, showcased exceptional synergy with his mount Óskar from Lindeberg. Likewise, Jamila Berg Dibi with her steed Toppur frá Audholtshjáleigu participated, though an unfortunate incident led them having to leave the competition. It was a regrettable turn of events, especially considering her impressive journey to the WC final.

Stjáni Magnússon demonstrated exceptional prowess and composure in the final, securing the fifth position with a notable score of 7.94. Meanwhile, from Denmark, Sys Pilegaard, riding Abel fra Tyrevoldsdal, delivered an elevated tölt performance that merited a perfect score of 10. This outstanding display earned them the silver medal, with a final score of 8.72.

Bárdur frá Melabergi, the horse taken straight out of a fairy tale and Jóhanna Margrét Snorradóttir. Photo: Photohestur/Sabina Svenningsson.

As anticipated, the triumphant narrative of “come, see, and conquer” was elegantly embodied by Jóhanna Margrét Snorradóttir from Iceland, astride the enchanting Bárdur frá Melabergi. This team radiated an undeniable star quality that translated beautifully onto the track. Their performance was met with consistent acclaim, as they garnered high marks of 9 and 9.5 in the slow tölt category. The crowd’s enthusiasm reached a crescendo as they elegantly traversed the longer sides of the arena.

With an overall score of 8.94, Jóhanna Margrét secured the coveted title of world champion in both T1 and the four-gait combination. Bárdur’s mesmerizing excellence captivated all who beheld him, and despite his impending departure due to a sale, the fortunate new owner is bound to cherish the legacy of this extraordinary equine partner.

As the curtains draw to a close on this edition of the World Championships, Ishestnews extends its heartfelt gratitude for the shared experience and bids farewell for now.

Excerpt from Icetest

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