After the successful performances of Stefan Lehfelner and Christian Schumach on Saturday, Florian Bacher has moved to the Stutteri Ask Arena in Herning as the third player for the Austrian national team. Styrian had his wonderful horse, the 13-year-old Fidertraum OLD, under his saddle. The pair have been a proven pillar of the Red, White and Red team for years, and the World Championships is their fourth appearance in the tournament. It didn’t go quite as well for them as it did here. From start to finish, the duo delivered an incredibly consistent ride, hitting countless eights and heading 73 percent almost consistently. One had no feeling that the two of them couldn’t succeed at something today. Tab, Step, Canter Lessons – The couple scored all over with a quiet, yet totally safe and accurate ride. In the end, Bacher, who had been training with star jockey and coach Karl Hester for years, scored 73.447%. Best New World Cup Personality – What a statement!
“He was really very good at preparing so I drove here with a really good feeling. Also in the last few days in training with Karl Hester and during the warm-up he gave me a great feeling. And we were finally able to take that with us for the exam. He’s been with me all along. The ride – except for the snoring at the one changes, I had to help out a little to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes. But overall, the day was really a great ride feeling from start to finish,” says Florian Bacher, who remains audibly cheerful after hours. From his journey, in an interview with Pferderevue.
Despite their best personal assessment, the couple has yet to reach the end of their performance limit. “At the last leg of the last streak we definitely still had room for improvement, we didn’t do a good job, there was a little misunderstanding that cost us points. The second turn might be nicer and smaller, although I felt it was really good.”
In the Grand Prix Spécial, for which Basher qualified 20th in the final standings, Styrian wants one thing above all: “I just want to ride a nice lap myself, like we did today, and then we’ll see what the bottom line is. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to that.”
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