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Aachen Grand Prix to Janne-Friedrike Meyer

Sunday, 17 July 2011

A very happy Janne-Friedrike Meyer won the Aachen Grand Prix today. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.Yesterday she became Best of Champions, today she was the only rider to produce a double clear; Janne-Friedrike Meyer won the Aachen Grand Prix on Cellagon Lambrasco. Kevin Staut was second with four faults on Silvana de Hus, and Andreas Kreuzer third on Chacco-Blue. "For me this is unbelieveable, Aachen is a super show and the audience is really supportive," Meyer said of her win. "This is the biggest success I have had so far in my career, and I never expected it - it's the best day of my life," Janne-Friederike continued, pulling a joke on course builder Frank Rothenberger that it was the best course he had ever build.

The first round of the Grand Prix saw ten of the forty riders go clear and on to the second round. They were later joined by the eight fastest four faulters from round one. The young and talented Andreas Kreuzer on the stallion Chacco-Blue (Chambertin x Contender) produced the first clear of the day, causing the crowd to go off the hooks. A few riders later, Philipp Weishaupt joined in after a lovely rhythmical round on Catoki (Camebridge x Silvester).

Surprisingly Christian Ahlmann was eliminated on Taloubet Z after they got in trouble at the combination at 7a and b – consisting of two oxers with water trays underneath, the first element measuring a 1.90 meters width. A bit of drama followed a few riders later when the vertical at fence ten blew down during David Will’s round, but the crew managed to get it up again before Will approached it – the German rider was nevertheless left with two fences down. Penelope Leprevost had to pull up Mylord Carthago (Carthago x Jalisco B) in front of the last triple combination when she lost her balance after the penultimate oxer – bringing more drama into the class.

Kevin and Silvana find their form in Aachen and were runner-ups.Luciana Diniz produced the next clear on her lovely stallion Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) with enthusiastic support from the VIP section, and Billy Twomey/Tinka’s Serenade (Tinka’s Boy), Hans-Diether Dreher/Magnus Romeo (Royal Feu x Hans Anders Z) and Olivier Guillon/Lord de Theize (Donald Rouge II x Tolbiac Des Halles) all followed up with clears – Dreher’s round being seriously impressive on Magnus Romeo which obviously isn’t the easiest horse in the world.

Janne-Friedrike Meyer’s Cellagon Lambrasco (Libero x Coriolan) has a huge jump and really wants to jump clear, and that was exactly what the thirteen old year gelding did. Two Dutch riders followed with clears; Gerco Schröder on Eurocommerce New Orleans (Colbert x Carthago) and Jeroen Dubbeldam on BMC Van Grunsven Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox). Ninja La Silla had in the meantime uncharacteristically slammed on the breaks into the last triple combination when horse and rider couldn’t agree which stride to take, leaving Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on a disappointing six penalties.

After the challenging round, where faults usually showed up at the combination where Ahlmann got in trouble, or on the line from the water at nine followed by a line on either six or seven strides to a vertical at ten – and also on the last line from the oxer at eleven to the triple combination at 12a, b and c – it was time for round two. Another difficult track followed, with twelve fences and fifteen jumps – and a quite intimidating line from the triple combination at 4a, b and c to a huge water jump with a vertical on top.

Ludger Beerbaum on Gotha (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot) carried four faults from round one, but was the first rider to go clear in the second round – leaving him at four penalties overall. Three riders later, Kevin Staut went clear on Silvana de Hus (Corland x Widor) – with Kevin working hard to clear the challenging water fence. Sergio Alvares Moya rode a stylish clear on his impressive stallion Action –Breaker (Heartbreaker x Lys de Darmen), and was like Ludger and Kevin left with a total of four faults. Carsten-Otto Nagel on Corradina (Corrado I x Sandro) followed in these riders footsteps, while neither Gerco, Philipp, Billy, Andreas, Hans-Dieter, Olivier, Jeroen nor Pius – all clear in the first round – could leave the fences intact. It was worst for Twomey though, who pulled up Tinka’s Serenade before fence eight and retired her – only to jump off and lead the mare out of the ring by foot.

Janne-Friedrike Meyer on the other hand kept all her nerves – if she has any – under control, to produce a super clear round on the impressive Cellagon Lambrasco. Crossing the finish line with both her arms in the air to the crazy roars from the German crowd proved how big a double clear in the Aachen Grand Prix is for the riders.

The result was an impressive third for the young and talented Andreas Kreuzer and Chacco-Blue. The only one who could threaten Meyer was Luciana Diniz and Winningmood. It looked as it was set for a jump-off when Diniz approached the last fence with a zero score, but as often happens in showjumping things change fast and the front pole was hit and fell to the ground – leaving Diniz on four faults. Meyer could go home with the top prize of 110 000 Euros, while Diniz had to settle for fourth place.

Kevin Staut was very happy about his second place, considering that the last few months have not been the best for Silvana and him. The 20 year old Andreas Kreuzer was of course over the moon with being third, and said; "It's an unbelieveable feeling to be third in the Aachen Grand Prix, on the first day here when I walked the course I just thought 'what the ¤%&##¤¤ am I doing here, I want to go home',"he laughed.

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