Christian Ahlmann and Carabis Z led the Grand Prix Longines Athania Onassis Horse Show, representing the second FEI victory of 2017. Laura Kraut the best for Pan American Ranking and performances by Enrique González and Carlos López for Latinos. (Photo © LonginesAOHS)
The German rider Christian Ahlmann became the winner of the Longines Grand Prix of the CSI5* Athina Onassis Horse Show, demonstrating on the course why he is one of the greats of the world show jumping.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani had the participation of 38 pairs, then left all the emotions in the tiebreaker with 6 classified, Christian Ahlmann being the winner to secure 150 World Ranking points in a class that distributed €300,000 among the 12 best results.
Presenting with the 10-year-old stallion Carabis Z (Caritano x Canabis Z) owned by Stoeterij Zangersheide, the German rider completed his run in 36.43 seconds representing his second FEI victory of the year, both in a Grand Prix, such as Shanghai and wow here at St. Tropez. Fully clinging to his strategy, Ahlmann was able to overcome Belgian Jerome Guery, another one who is going through a great sporting moment, completing his pitch in 37.36 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Garfield de Tiji Des Templiers (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring de Lauzelle), while the third place was of the Italian rider Alberto Zorzi with the 12-year-old stallion Rackham’Jo (Quasimodo Z x Goldspring de Lauzelle) in 37.77 seconds.
The last double clear round of the class was for the Swedish Peder Fredrickson accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados) and completed the jump-off the Frenchman Kevin Staut in fifth place with 4 fouls and Italian rider Piergiorgio Bucci in sixth place with 8 fouls.
For the Pan American Ranking and Latino Ranking they were able to score FEI Ranking points Laura Kraut of United States in seventh place with 1 foul in 80.51 seconds next to 10-year-old gelding Confu (Namelus R x Calvados) and her fellowman World No. 1 Kent Farrington in 12th place with 11-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) in course of 4 fouls and 73.77 seconds. For the Latinos the best placed was Enrique Gonzalez of Mexico in 23rd place, completing his run in 4 faults and 78.43 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Chacna (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX) and Colombian rider Carlos Lopez totaled 8 Fouls in 28th position next to the 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall).