The Moroccan rider easily beat his opponents in the tiebreaker to close the Saut Hermès CSI 5* in Paris. Jack Towell of United States tenth and Daniel Bluman and Carlos Lopez of Colombia in positions 23 and 24. (Photo © Frédéric Chéhu / Hermès)
With a full house at the Grand Palais in Paris at the end of the week CSI 5* Saut Hermès, Morocco Abdelkebir Ouaddar victory in the Grand Prix Hermès that distributed 400,000 Euros at a height of 1.60m, beating the World No. 2 Scott Brash.
Starting the competition with 39 pairs, the jump-off was decided among 16 qualifiers where the first 6 finished with double clear in memorable day for the Moroccan, who was presented with the 12-year-old stallion Quickly Kreisler (Diamant de Semilly x Laudanum XX) owned by Sm Le Roi Mohammed VI marking a time of 36.40 seconds. Being its more than two seconds advantage, Ouaddar was escorted by world No. 2 Scott Brash of Great Britain and Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor), a 10-year-old gelding owned by Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham, stopping the clock at 38.78 seconds to complete a tiebreaker with many emotions to the audience.
The third place went to the German Christian Ahlmann and his 12-year-old stallion Epleaser van’t Heike (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve) owned by Marion & Isabell Jauss with time of 39.47 seconds, to thereby close the Top 5 his compatriot Marcus Ehning in fourth place with Pret a Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy) recording 39.90 seconds and the fifth with the Swiss Martin Fuschs and Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) away from winning in 42.31 seconds.
For the PanAm Ranking the highlight was the US Jack Towell in tenth place with Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) a 10-year-old gelding owned by Jennifer Gates Llc, participating in the tiebreaker, but a takedown rail left him with not chance totaling 4 fouls in 40.92 seconds. The delegation of the Latin Ranking was by Colombian Daniel Bluman and Carlos Lopez would enter followed since taking the boxes 23 and 24 with Conconcreto Apardi (Corland x Kannan) for Bluman in time of 63.09 seconds and 5 fouls, while Lopez on Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) with 5 fouls too marked a time of 63.13 seconds.