Mikala Münter Returns to a Special Winner’s Circle on Salsa Hit
Friday, November 18, 2022
Rounding out the day’s international victories was Mikala Münter on Salsa Hit, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Samba Hit III x Riverman-ISF. They won the Grand Prix for Special CDI3* at The WEC November Dressage CDI3* with a score of 70.152% over Lehua Custer (USA) and F.J. Ramzes owned by Wendy Sasser, who placed second with 69%.
Photo - Showing poise in their return to the CDI show ring, Mikala Münter and Salsa Hit take the Grand Prix for Special CDI3* victory. (Q2 Photography)
It was a triumphant return to the winner’s circle for Münter and Salsa Hit, who won in their first grand prix attempt together in January 2021. With solid placings throughout 2021 but some reconsideration after the 2022 winter show season, Münter was giving the talented gelding time off. However, in July of 2022, Münter was felled by a broken leg in a riding accident.
“I have a really good freestyle, but I went a little overboard and did it one too many times,” she said. “I did the five star [in Wellington], and he got super hot. I didn’t want to fry this horse. He’s been so good and so honest. I said I would take the summer and just do national shows. Then I broke my leg in late July. I didn’t ride for three months and just got back a month ago. He had a little break, but I had really good help and super riders help me while I was on the ground.”
While Münter admitted she’s not back to full strength yet, Salsa Hit made up for the “weakness in my left leg” by performing commendable two-tempi changes in the test.
Münter was extremely pleased by the maturity and poise that Salsa Hit showed in the test.
“A lot of times I’ve just been along, hanging behind him, and he’s been flying around the arena,” she recalled. “I wasn’t really in control. This was probably the best test I’ve had, control-wise. He was through, he was waiting for me; I was allowed to drive and push the buttons a little bit. I’m not used to that feeling. Hopefully, if this is his new self, then that would be wonderful, and I could push a little bit more. He loves this so much. He’s the one who is telling me how it goes.”
The World Equestrian Center November Dressage CDI3* continues on Friday, November 18, with the Prix St. Georges CDI1* at 9 a.m., followed by the Intermediate I CDI3* at 10:30 a.m, as well as the Grand Prix Special CDI3* at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3* at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.wec.net.