The Dutch rider won the speed class to take the first FEI Ranking points and a car as a prize in the IDEE Kaffee-Preis. Participation of the Brazilian Yuri Mansur. (Photo © new.org)
The first appointment with FEI Ranking points of the week CSI 5* in Leipzig, Germany, had a Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, number 12 in the world and the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan) owned by Eurohorse BVBA-Axel Verlooy, as its main protagonists.
In dispute of the IDEE Kaffee-Preis with a prize to distribute of 50,640 Euros including a car to the first place, Smolders marked a time of 58.69 seconds in the speed class to surpassed in a closed fight to the representative of house Andreas Kreuzer and the 11-year-old gelding Quick Jumper (Quidam’s Rubin x Shield I) owned by BG Quick Jumper, who completed their round in 56.86 seconds, being the difference of only 17 hundredths of a second.
Not too distant in the third place, another German rider and protagonist of the last two weeks in Abu Dhabi for David Will. Managing to stop the clock in 59.23 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Velvet Brown (For Pleasure x Concerto II) owned by Kröning GmbH u. Co.KG, believing the top three places and until the 15th, the first World Ranking points of the week.
The number 1 and 2 of the world, Daniel Deusser and Christian Ahlmann who also participated in the class, did not try their horses to exceed the agreed time for the competition and finish in the 17th and 20th places respectively.
For the Latin and Pan Am Ranking the Brazilian Yuri Mansur managing a time of 61.49 seconds with the 10-year-old stallion Sire One (Silverstone x Ahorn) owned by Cristina Devincenzi, time that would have allowed him to finish in the 5th position, but a knockdown rail sent straight to 24th position.