Before the pairs at the European championships begin today, I would like to translate this Austrian article from July 25, 2017.
During a dismount from the horse in training Lukas Wacha broke his fifth metatarsal bone. After a few hours he woke up in the hospital after a general anesthetic. In his foot are now three metal pins. He said “Our whole world collapsed.”.
Jasmin Lindner was also very disappointed: “Something more bitter couldn’t happen to us.”.
It was the continuation of very bad luck. It started with the elbow dislocation of Jasmin Lindner in December 2016. When she was fit to train in March again, their horse Dr. Doolittle was injured. The pas de deux tested a Swiss horse but it didn’t go well. Only in the middle of June 2017 they found a horse from Ingelsberg to compete with.
They had a very tight schedule back then: Next to university and work, they commuted between their home, Munich in Germany and Salzburg in Austria. They trained in Munich with the horse. If he wasn’t available, they trained in Zurich, Switzerland with another horse. In Salzburg, they were working with the grandma on their outfits. “We invested all our energy and every free minute” said Lindner.
A straddle which they probably won’t do in the future. To finish their career they would like to show their freestyle of this year someday but it is not sure when this could be. After his recovery Lukas Wacha will start a new life without elite sports.