Former world champion Christian Ahlmann was raised home to claim victory at the LGCT’s 11th Grand Prix beating compatriot Simone Blum. Kent Farrington seventh. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
The German rider, former world leader and current world number 7 Christian Ahlmann took his first Longines Global Champions Tour’s victory to dominate the Grand Prix in Berlin.
Being the 11th Grand Prix of the season, it hardly meant the first victory of Christian Ahlmann, who managed to qualify for the jump-off with the 15-year-old stallion Codex One (Contendro I x Glueckspilz) owned by Marion Jauss.
The course designed by Frank Rothenberger, only had three classified at the decisive stage, two of which were German, giving them an extra for the crowd, who enjoyed the victory, who has become the main reference of German show jumping the last few years, as is Christian Ahlmann.
In a very close final, winner Christian Ahlmann completed his field in 40.56 seconds to secure 150 World Ranking Points, while 28-year-old rider Simone Blum with the 10-year-old mare DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell) marked a time of 41.01 seconds with the last double clear round, to represent the best result in her career and certainly the great surprise of the Grand Prix.
For the third place Leopold van Asten of the Netherlands, he demolished two poles to total 8 faults in 44.55 seconds with the 11-year-old mare VDL Groep Beauty (For Pleasure x Contender) and completed the five best classified, German rider Ludger Beerbaum being outside of the jump-off by 28 hundredths of a second alongside 11-year-old gelding Chacon (Chacco-Blue x Aventyno) in fourth place and fifth Frenchman Simon Delestre accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon D’Anzex) in a field of 4 fouls and 63.47 seconds.
The best seed, world No. 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States of America, finished in seventh place with the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) totaling 4 faults in 66.44 seconds. His fellowman Jack Towell was also in ninth place with 4 fouls in 67.61 seconds and four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze was not on his best day, accumulating 16 fouls in 21st place.