The fifth vaulting World Cup of the season took place in Leipzig ©FEI

Jannis Drewell earned a hat-trick of International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup Vaulting victories as the German produced a fine display in front of his home crowd in Leipzig.

The European champion, who had earned victories at Salzburg and Mechelen last month, displayed the standard of performance which had taken him to the top of the world rankings, as he dominated the event.

Riding on Diabolus, Drewell had been the only rider to achieve a score over nine in the opening round of competition, with the artistic, horse and technical marks averaging out to give him a total of 9,052.

With his compatriot Erik Oese occupying second position on 8,552, Drewell had a commanding lead heading into the second round and sealed his third consecutive win by achieving 8,885.

It saw the German end the event with an overall total of 8,969.

Oese ended as the runner-up on 8,585, while German domination was confirmed with Daniel Kaiser and Viktor Brüsewitz finishing third and fourth, respectively, having achieved scores of 8,386 and 8,369.

"Diabolus has been with us for eleven years now and he is part of the family - I have worked with him since the very beginning,” said Drewell.

“And my trainer is my mother and so the three of us know each other very well which surely is part of our success.

“In Leipzig I had two very good rounds, I absolutely enjoyed myself and now I am very much looking forward to the World Cup final."

European champion Jannis Drewell has now earned three straight wins
European champion Jannis Drewell has now earned three straight wins ©Getty Images

A maximum artistic score of 10 from one of the judges helped set Switzerland’s Simone Jäiser up for her second consecutive victory in the women’s competition.

It saw her end the first round on a total of 9,023, which was over 700 points clear of Germany’s Kristina Boe who occupied second place.

The margin proved insurmountable as Jäiser’s score of 8,947, following the completion of both rounds, saw her end well clear of Germany’s Boe and Corinna Knauf, who finished on 8,263 and 7,975 respectively.

Meanwhile, there was a dominant win for home favourites Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs in the Pas-de-Deux event as the duo ended on 8.868.

Italy’s Erika Di Forti and Lorenzo Lupacchini ended as the runners-up on 7.863, with Germany’s Joline Essenberg-Engels and Timo Gerdesb taking bronze with a score of 7.658.