The World No. 1 Germany representative was comfortably ahead of Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Irishman Cian O’Connor in an Olympics medal final. Carlos Lopez of Colombia finished in ninth place. (Photo © longinestiming.com)
The Stuttgart German Masters could not finish otherwise in the main event of the week and the victory of its main exponent of the equestrian show jumping, as is the world number 1 Christian Ahlmann.
Being the most important event of the week, the CSI 5* Sttuttgart German Masters and the Grand Prix valid for Longines FEI World Cup Jumping which was presented by Mercedes-Benz, WALTER solar and BW-Bank; were distributed €160,000 with the participation of 40 pairs in the regular round and 19 of them classified in the tiebreaker.
Starting a second class thanks to the high-profile of comebacks riders (50%), the greatest reference of the world show jumping Christian Ahlmann, was felt at home to dominate with a fast and effective tiebreaker in 42.85 seconds with 16-year-old stallion Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor). With a difference of 2 seconds the first three places were decided by three Olympic medalists, being the best part for the German who was escorted by the Swiss Steve Guerdat and the 10-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet vs. Cardento) recording in blackboard 44.95 seconds, while the third was taken by the Irishman Cian O’Connor and the 10-year-old stallion Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II) with a time of 45.03 seconds.
The Top 5 was completed by Swiss Martin Fuchs in 45.10 seconds with Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) and the German rider Janne Friederike Meyer with the 10-year-old gelding Goja (Wandor van de Mispelaere X Palestro v. Begijnakker) in 45.34 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking, the Colombian Carlos Lopez had a great performance in ninth place when he qualified for the jump-off and marking two perfect courses in 47.82 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano). Failing the same fate the Brazilian Pedro Veniss knocked down two rails in his regular round to total 8 faults with 12-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre) finished in 32th.