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Elena Kompatscher put a big exclamation mark. © Bonaga Communication

An Eggental woman is causing a stir in western riding

Great success for western rider Elena Kompatscher: The 28-year-old from Nova Levante won the prestigious Derby tournament in Cremona, one of the most important reining events in Italy, for the second time. South Tyrol was represented in the final three more times.

Reining is considered the supreme discipline of western riding. It's about completing specified maneuvers with the highest precision. The smallest inaccuracies are punished by the competition judges with minus points. This requires maximum concentration and blind trust from horse and rider. By the way: women and men ride in a joint competition.

A particularly prestigious reining competition takes place every year in Cremona. With total prize money of around 300.000 euros, the derby tournament once again attracted riders from all over Europe this year. In the end, a South Tyrolean was the best: Elena Kompatscher prevailed in the “Non Pro” class, i.e. the amateur class, against around 150 riders and was able to celebrate her second Derby victory. In 2022, Elena Kompatscher won on the horse “Tony Strip”, and now she managed to repeat the victory on “Monster Made”.

Elena Kompatscher during her triumph at the derby in Cremona. © Bonaga Communication

Already in the go round, i.e. in the qualification, the 28-year-old from Welschnofen had moved into the closest circle of favorites with 220 points. In the final she showed strong nerves and even increased her score to 221,5 points.

A look at the history of the competition shows how important the two-time derby victory is. The last South Tyrolean to win in Cremona was Martin Gamper in 2006.

More South Tyrolean successes

Two of Elena Kompatscher’s stablemates were in the final of the “Non Pro” class. The 13-year-old Jan Gasser from Eppan came seventh in category 211,5 on “Hug a Spark” with 2 points, while 15-year-old Alina Pfeifer from Deutschnofen came tenth in category 208,5 on “Chico Lena Gun” with 1 points. Both train in the riding stables of Elena Kompatscher's father Luis in Deutschnofen.

Verena Rigott made it to the final. © Bonaga Communication

With Maria Niedermayr and Verena Rigott from Eppan, two other South Tyroleans made it to the “Non Pro” final: Niedermayr on “Chic Shelby AV” took fourth place in Category 1, Rigott with her horse “Great Gotta Whiz” came sixth. Elena Kompatscher's brother Elia won with “Spookly Spark” in the under-18 category.

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