David Will and the always quick Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) went in as the last pair in the winning round of Saturday's 1.55 class in Aachen and showed everyone how it is supposed to be done. Eleven clear pairs went on to the winning round where one rider was faster than the other.
Home rider Jana Wargers was first to go with Caspar (Cornet Obolensky x Acord II) and was all smiles when she ended clear in 50,16 seconds. USA's Kent Farrington with Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant) had to settle for four faults after having the a-element of the combination down, while the third rider in the ring - Chantal Müller from Switzerland - pulled of a great round taking over the lead with U Tabasca (Cassini I x Coriolan).
Germany's Christian Ahlmann with Epleaser van't Heike (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve) didn't quite match Chantal's time and went into a temporary second place. Denis Nielsen on the other hand went all in and pushed Chantal down to second riding Cashmoaker (Calido I x Lafitte). Roger Yves Bost's Pegase du Murier (Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly) had a little rodeo-show before he started the jump-off, but then cleared the course and eventually ended seventh.
Both Patrice Delaveau with Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf I) and Marco Kutscher with Van Gogh (Numero Uno x Bernstein) got the same vertical down - after a longer stretch of canter - and had to settle for tenth and eleventh place.
Denis Lynch took over the lead with All Star (Argentinus x Alme) after going flat out to the last fence and finished in 46,75 seconds. Henrik von Eckermann did his best with Calmando 3 (Calido I x Carpaccio) but couldn't do anything with the riders on the top and had to settle for fifth place in the end.
Last to go was David Will with the unbelievable speedy chestnut mare Mic Mac du Tillard, now 15 years old. The German rider started off seemingly quiet, but it went faster and faster for every fence and in the end the pair shaved off more than a second on Lynch's time taking a very popular home win!
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