Swiss Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat secured the victory of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping of Wester European League and went on to command the classification. (Photo © Stuttgart German Masters)
Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat went on to command the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League, winning in Stuttgart.
Representing the fifth sleeve of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League and forming part of the CSI5* Stuttgart German Masters, Steve Guerdat led the jump-off with the 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof) owned by Jose Pablo Salgado, finishing in 48.19 seconds.
Being undoubtedly one of the most exciting World Cup Qualifiers, Steve Guerdat showed his class and experience to move on to command the general classification of the League, plus 100 World Ranking Points account during the €180,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2017/2018 Grand Prix of Stuttgart presented by Mercedes-Benz, Walter Solar and BW-Bank..
Counting on strong crowd support the German riders, after passing 40 pairs on course designed by Christa Jung and subsequent decision in the jump-off round with 16 classified riders, with protagonist fell from second to fourth place on home riders, being second place Philipp Weishaupt with the 10-year-old mare Asathir (Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge) in time of 48.76 seconds, third place former World Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann with the 13-year-old stallion Epleaser van’t Heike (For Pleasure x Reve Nabab) in 49.13 seconds and fourth place for two times winner this week Simone Blum with her 10-year-old mare DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell) in 50.14 seconds.
For fifth place in what represented the top five classified, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar of Spain finished in 50.22 seconds his jump-off, accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Mar (l’Arc de Triomphe x Apache d’Adriers).
By Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur from Brazil excelled in an excellent performance, finishing in sixth place with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) in a time of 50.86 seconds and achieving 50 World Ranking Points.
Of the 16 classified riders, 13 completed the two clear rounds including the best seed of the class, world number 3 Kevin Staut of France finishing seventh with the 11-year-old stallion Silver Deux de Virton HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Heartbreaker).
With respect to Pan American Ranking the American rider Chloe Reid with 10-year-old stallion Codarco (Darco x Orame), occupying the 23rd place in 4 fouls and 68.03 seconds, while the Latino Ranking Leader and also signing part of Pan American Ranking Pedro Veniss from Brazil, was a bit slower with the 4 faults in 68.87 seconds to finish 26th next to the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre).