Luciana wins Leipzig qualifier.

Luciana Diniz, the Brazilian born rider who starts for Portugal, hugged and kissed her 14 year old Oldenburger gelding Lennox with a beaming smile. (Photo ©


“Lennox is a fighter and, even though he is quite big, he is still very fast,” said the rider who lives in Wachtberg (GER) and is now a three time winner of this competition at the PARTNER PFERD. “Luciana was in her own league today,” commented the best German rider in the competition, third placed Ludger Beerbaum, with great respect. Beerbaum followed with, “I am very happy with my third place”. The French rider Kevin Staut, who won this qualification in 2014, managed to push his way between Diniz and Beerbaum. Staut was leading the rankings for quite a while with Reveur de Hurtebise HDC and then came Luciana Diniz. “We bought Reveur two-and-a-half years ago, but he has had a rest due to an injury,” said Staut about the 14 year old gelding who was brought into the sport by his previous rider Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden.

The qualifier was lucky for nine riders who were able to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup presented by Sparkasse, Sparkasse Cup – Grand Prix of Leipzig. A total of three German riders were able to make it into the remaining nine start places. Patrick Stuehlmeyer who finished in 15th place, Mario Stevens in 19th and Toni Hassmann in 20th. Christina Liebherr (SUI), Thomas Ryan (IRL), Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), Zuzana Zelinkova (CZE), Jaroslav Skrzyczynski (POL) and Jessica Mendoza (GBR) will also be competing in Sunday’s World Cup competition that offers 160,000 Euros in prize money.

Vive la France in J.J.Darboven Prize
France was the frontrunner in the J.J.Darboven Prize and sponsor Albert Darboven’s first congratulations were “Vive la France”. The businessman and horseman from Hamburg offered his respect for the French rider Kevin Staut. The Team silver medal winner from the World Equestrian Games 2014 won the classic competition with Quismy des Vaux HDC. The speedy rider Wout-Jan van der Schans of The Netherlands followed Staut in second place and Pieter Devos of Belgium finished in third place. “Leipzig is great for us – such enthusiastic spectators,” said Staut, who was able to win the qualifier for the World Cup in 2014 in Leipzig. The traditional company J.J.Darboven from Hamburg has been a partner of the Leipzig World Cup event since 2014.

Luciana Diniz acknowledged the Lady’s Trophy, initiated by Albert Darboven and Manager Frank Hilgenberg, with a big smile. “It is a super idea,” said Diniz, who is one of the world’s best ladies in the sport. The Lady’s Trophy from J.J.Darboven is calculated from three competitions at the PARTNER PFERD: the Welcome Competition, the J.J.Darboven Prize and the Leipzig Championat on Saturday. The six-time German Champion, Eva Bitter from Bad Essen, has the lead in front of Diniz, but nothing is “settled” till Saturday…

The PARTNER PFERD Event Manager Volker Wulff was happy to report there were even more spectators as usual on Friday. There were approximately 7,000 spectators at the Leipzig Exhibition Hall during the day and there were approximately 8,500 spectators for the Sparkasse Sport Gala in the evening.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier 1.50 m

1. Luciana Diniz (POR), Lennox, 0 faults/54.87 sec;
2. Kevin Staut (FRA), Reveur de Hurtebise HDC, 0/56.49;
3. Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Chaman, 0/57.19;
4. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P., 0/57.90;
5. Simon Delestre (FRA), Ryan des Hayettes, 0/57.93;
6. William Whitaker (GBR), Fandango, 0/58.16