The only combination to post three clear rounds in the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen; Christian Ahlmann and Codex One. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Andre Thieme and Contanga 3 impressed their home crowd with a clear first round. Ben Maher and Cella had to see one pole down in the first round and were not qualifed for the second round. Constant van Paesschen attacking the water in Aachen. Unfortunaltey the on form rider ended with 12 faults after the first round.Another on-form rider - Daniel Deusser and his amazing ride Cornet d' Amour - once again delivered. Finally ending as number four with four faults in the jump-off. Eric Lamaze and Zigali P had one time fault in the first round. After getting the take-off to the fourth oxer totally wrong in the second round, Eric decided to retire. Frank Schuttert had his hands full guiding Winchester through the course in Aachen. As they crossed the finish-line the result was one pole down and one time penalty. Gerco Shcröder and Glocks London had four faults and was the first combination not to qualify for the second round. We are impressed of what this rider achieves with one horse after the other. After two clear rounds in the Nations Cup on thursday Gregory Wathelet rode a clear first round in the Grand Prix with Conrad de Hus. Twelve faults in the second round finally placed them as number thirteen. Henrik von Eckermann and Gotha had a total score of four faults after two rounds, ending seventh. Janika Sprunger is one tough girl! Not full score in the Grand Prix with Aris Cms, but we are just waiting for the Swiss rider to secure her next big win. Julien Epaillard and Qarat de la Loge had some difficulties with the water jump. We love this rider - Jeroen Dubbeldam rode to super nice rounds aboard Zenith Sfn. Four faults in the second round placed them as number nine. Kevin Staut and Estoy Aqui de Muze had four faults in the first round. We have seen Lauren Hough and Ohlala win many classes over the last two years. But their two clear rounds and the four-fault jump-off in the Aachen Grand Prix impressed us more than any win. The little mare really jumped her heart out securing a super fifth place in the biggest Grand Prix there is at 5* level. Luciana Diniz and Fit for Fun ended as number ten after a clear first round and four faults in the second round.