Swedish Henrik von Eckermann kept his winning pace by taking over Dubai and winning the €92,100 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier. (Photo © Emirates Equestrian Center)
Swedish rider and world number 8 Henrik von Eckermann added a new victory taking over Dubai, dominating the €92,100 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier.
Achieving excellent results at the beginning of 2018 FEI season, Henrik von Eckermann maintained his winning pace now in a speed class with the 11-year-old stallion Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan) owned by Darier Bertrand, to add 100 World Ranking Points.
The course designed by Robert Ellis of Great Britain had a series of interesting questions in such a fast course, where 52 pairs met and without a doubt the best seeding and great favorite did not disappoint to the crowd of the CSI5* FEI World Cup Jumping – Arab League – Emirates Equestrian Club Dubai, in what was the excellent demonstration of Henrik von Eckermann.
Keeping an acceptable advantage for this type of class by Henrik von Eckermann, the second place was Irish rider Shane Breen with the 11-year-old stallion Laith (Lord Z x Weinberg) in 61.18 seconds and third place Abdulrahman Bader Alrajhi of Saudi Arabia finished in 62.70 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Qognac des Hayettes Z (Quartz Adelheid Z x Pilot).
For the fourth place Jordanian rider Kamal Hani Bisharat got a time of 64.16 seconds with the 16-year-old mare Chesterfield and closed the Top 5 Abdullah Al Sharbatly of Saudi Arabia in 65.12 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Crazy Quick (Chacco-Blue x Quick Star).
Turning to the Latin Ranking Brazilian rider Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho was close to adding World Ranking points, but finished in 4 fouls and 64.02 seconds occupying the 18th place with the 12-year-old stallion Chacito (Chacco-Blue x Daimler).
Also participated the American rider Emily Short in representation of the Pan American Ranking, being more distant in 31st place with the same 4 fouls in 74.10 seconds next to the 11-year-old stallion Trianon du Rozel (Ok du Rozel).