Great end of the year for the German Christian Ahlmann who gets his third victory in the Longines FEI World Cup by winning the CSI5* Mechelen to overcome the Belgian trio composed Niels Bruynseels, Jerome Guery and Jos Verlooy who escorted him in the second, third and fourth place. (Photo © T. Van Halle)
To mark his third victory in the season Longines FEI World Cup 2015, the German Christian Ahlmann was simply unbeatable with the horse Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) a 15-years old stallion to leading a group of 40 participants in the regular round, then define the 10 jump-off classified with the first time double clear in 39.22 seconds with a total of 5 to ending Grand Prix presented by Land Rover.
Not easy was the struggle for first place with a total of 170,000 Euros in dispute, which surpassed Ahlmann the house representative Niels Bruynseels and 9-years old mare Cas Liberte (Cracky Chellano Z x Z) followed with 15 hundredths of second above recorded by the winner. Not far in the third Jerome Guery that ultimately failed to capitalize on a presentation that will leave in the first, when yesterday has two second places and now in 40.57 seconds with the horse Papillon Z (Perhaps x Cassini I) a 13-years old failed to reduce the brokered by the number 9 in the world.
One of the protagonists of this week the Belgium Jos Verlooy stood at fourth place with his horse Sunshine (Diamant De Semilly x Hardi), to place with the result of clear round in 42.09 seconds the second, third and fourth place home riders, alone surpassed by the German winner, while fifth place belonged to the British rider Laura Renwick on the 9-years old gelding Bintang II (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Orlando) with the last double clear of the night in time of 42.47 seconds.
The best rider of the competition in the World Ranking was the French world No. 3 Penelope Leprevost with 11-years old mare Nice Stephanie (Cardento x Ralme Z) leaving no chance down a pole in the regular round that would ultimately ranked at 17th in court of 4 fouls with time at 68.81 seconds.