Blunt end by the German delegation in Qatar to achieve the first three places in the Grand Prix with prize of 500,000 Euros led by Ludger Beerbaum and escorted by Daniel Deusser and Christian Ahlmann. (Photo © CHI Al Shaqad)
To close the week CSI5* Al Shaqab in Qatar with the Grand Prix that distributed 500,000 Euros in class with two rounds and need a tiebreaker to know the winner, the German superstar Ludger Beerbaum managed to score his second win of the event, then that 2014 and 2016 with 13-year-old mare Chiara (Contender x Coronado) owned by Günter Schüder and Madeleine Winter-Schulze, to take the victory.
Being two the opportunities was Beerbaum take the prestigious Grand Prix, managed to score 150 FEI World Ranking Points and 165,000 Euros for its first position by stopping the clock at 48.81 seconds for the path leading tiebreaker one-two-three for Germany. There
were only two perfect course in the final round, the difference was 21 hundredths of a second between the winner and Daniel Deusser second in the order recording a time of 49.02 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding First Class van Eeckelghem (Balou du Rouet x Feinschnitt I Vd Richter) owned by Stephex Stables, Daniel Deusser and Stal Lansink.
The German trio closed in third place with Christian Ahlmann and 14-year-old stallion Codex One (Contendro I x Glueckspilz) owned by Marion & Isabell Jauss making the fastest round in 47.84 seconds for the jump-off, but ultimately toppling a rod for a total of 4 fouls. The top five completed with Luciana Diniz of Portugal in fourth place and 12-year-old mare Fit For Fun 13 (For Pleasure x Fabriano) with 4 faults in 50.05 seconds, while the fifth was the Belgian Nicola Philippaerts and Zilverstar T (Berlin x Cavalier) a 12-year-old stallion owned by Stoeterij Dorperheide L Philippaerts Corcovado with two rails down for a total of 8 faults in 54.24 seconds, also closing the five jump-off finishers.
The Grand Prix included the participation of 43 pairs and 5 of them in the jump-off, did not have the new world No. 1 Simon Delestre of France would end in 36th place and now number 2 Britain Scott Brash, nor entered even within the points when occupying 18th place.