German rider Christian Ahlmann took the win at the Longines FEI World Cup in Leipzig, which represented the retirement of 18-year-old stallion Taloubet Z. (Photo © longines.com)
German rider Christian Ahlmann took the victory of the Longines FEI World Cup in Leipzig presented by Sparkasse, marking the retirement of Taloubet Z.
In what was undoubtedly a perfect ending, as was most of the career of the 18-year-old stallion Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) owned by Leon Melchior, the former World Ranking Leader and world number 17 Christian Ahlmann wore to his horse direct to victory, completing his jump-off round in 43.19 seconds.
Showing at home his class Christian Ahlmann securing 130 World Ranking Points with his victory, disputing the 10th leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League, climbing the German rider to fourth place in the general classification, which is led by Frenchman Kevin Staut.
With a completely full crowd stage at CSI5* Parten Pferd Leipzig, cheered until the last minute to Christian Ahlmann and especially to Taloubet Z, who was making the final round of his very fruitful career, finishing with 24 FEI victories with the German Olympic medalist.
For second place and being the highlight of the Latin Ranking was Carlos Lopez of Colombia, winner this week in Leipzig, but today he fell short by stopping the clock 20 hundredths of a second above the winner in 43.39 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) owned by SAS Haras Des Grillons, with which the South American took 110 FEI Ranking Points.
For its part, the best seed and world number 2 Harrie Smolders of Holland, finished in third place accompanied by the 14-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) in 44.28 seconds and 1 hundredth time-up was German rider Marcus Ehning in fourth place next to 13-year-old stallion Comme Il Faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) in 44.29 seconds.
The double clear rounds extended to seventh place, but it was in fifth box that culminated the Wester European League leader with accumulated of 65 points, the world number 4 Kevin Staut next to the 17-year-old gelding Rever de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes) in 44.39 seconds.
After 10 legs disputes Kevin Staut remains first, Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden second with 57 points, Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander third with 50 points, fourth Christian Ahlmann and fifth with the same amount of 48 points and also German rider Daniel Duesser.
The next leg will be in Zurich next weekend, with two dates to complete the calendar in February in Bordeaux and Gothenburg.