German rider Gerrit Nieberg finished perfect in the Grand Prix von Hessen presented by Destechen Vermögensberatung AG. (Photo © Stefan Lafrentz)
German rider Gerrit Nieberg got a new victory for his country at CSI3* Frankfurt by dominating the €70,000 Grand Prix von Hessen.
Completing the only double clear round of the class on part of Gerrit Nieberg, the German rider commanded the one-two for his country, after stopped the clock in 44.94 seconds for a very conservative round, which would ultimately yield the necessary fruits to stay with the first place next to the 13-year-old gelding Contagio (Colman x Lordanos).
Being only 5 riders classified to the jump-off on course designed by German Frank Rothenberger to closing the Internationales Festhallen Reitturnier week in Frankfurt, the winner Gerrit Nieberg took 80 World Ranking Points and a Mercedes-Benz auto as part of his prize, while he was escorted by his countryman Felix Hassman, previous class winner and completing his jump-off with a fasted time of 35.22 seconds plus 4 fouls accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Cayenne WZ (Claudio x Ramirado).
The third place was in the hands of Gert Jan Bruggink of Holland, accumulating the same 4 fouls in 36.87 seconds with the 14-year-old stallion Vampire (Marome NW x Voltaire), fourth place was for Martin Dinesen Neergaard of Denmark at 38.00 seconds plus 4 fouls along with the 9-year-old stallion Cannary (Caretino x Lavall I) and the top five finishers closing the tie-breaker round with Holger Hetzel from Germany totaling 8 fouls in 40.40 seconds with the 13-year-old stallion Legions 2 (Limbus x Calido I).
The Pan American Ranking was attended by Annabel Joost of the United States and her ccountryman Andrew Kocher, but both were out of the points on complicated rounds, where Annabel Joost with the 12-year-old stallion Stakkato Rouge (Stakkato x Vert et Rouge) took 29th place and Andrew Kocher with the 13-year-old gelding Quarto Mail (Cardento x Alligator Fontaine) did it in 34th place, both riders with accumulated 8 faults.