It was a challenging course that Frank Rothenberger had made for the Championat von Nörten-Hardenberg. It was especially the triple combination and the double combination that caused problems. When nine riders had tried their luck, five of them had retired. Then the tenth rider came in and showed everyone how it should be done; the Mexican Alberto Michan with Rosalia La Silla. Alberto is one of the riders on the La Silla team, and he is currently in Europe – staying with Stall Bengtsson-Kristoffersen for a couple of months.
Two of the best rides in the class became victims to last fence which was an airy gate with a pole. First it was David McPherson with Chamberlain Z – his companion from WEG in Kentucky. The public went crazy when he was clear after the double combination, which was the second last fence, and that led to some distractions for Chamberlain so he stopped at the last fence. The other rider was Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Quintero la Silla – that jumped excellent. With no big screens (the ones that caused the couple such a big trouble in Valencia), Quintero had made an easy clear until the last fence which he really didn´t want to jump – so they jumped through the gate instead.
Twelve riders from forty-five made it to the jump-off. Alberto Michan from Mexico with Rosalia La Silla was first to go, and got one pole down in the earlier triple combination that was now rebuild to a double combination. Next to go was Jörg Kreutzmann with Sauternes ter Vlucht. They did a fast and clear round on the time 36.26. Next was another German rider who gave it all. It was Thomas Voss with Carinjo, and the pair managed to beat Jörg’s time with almost a second.
Netherland was next with Vincent Voorn on the beautiful Audi´s Alpapillon-Armanie, and he rode a safe clear round in 37.40 seconds. Fresh Direct Kalico Bay with the Englishman Tim Stockdale in the saddle really went for it, and made it – 35.19. The first girl in the jump off was Janne-Friederike Meyer with the really big jumping and amazing Holiday by Solitour, and as always Janne was really fast with the time 34.43 – but she had to see the last pole fall to the ground.
Christian Ahlmann on Codex One was next to go and he for sure tried the new stallion out with short turns and fast canter. Christian is just doing his third show with the stallion that he has only had for a month. Codex One was earlier ridden by Karl Brocks – and Emma, Christian’s groom, tells WoSJ that Christian is already really fond of Codex One. The horse and rider crossed the finish-line with the fantastic time 32.92 and was clear. No wonder Christian really likes that horse! Sweden’s only rider in the jump-off was Angelica Augustsson on her difficult ride Mic Mac du Tillard who was little to fresh today, and a pole in the beginning of the course fell. Gert-Jan Bruggink on the chestnut mare Andrea made a ride that didn´t look that fast but it was – 33.53 seconds and a second place.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Kismet got trouble in the combination, and after a bit of struggle they got through it – but both poles fell. Holger Wulschner from Germany on the only eight year old Cavity was going for a safe clear round, and he managed exactly that. Last to go was Galippo with his rider Lars Nieberg and unfortunately Galippo jumped a bit too low over the last vertical.
So Christian Ahlmann on his new ride Codex One made it, and could take the win home!
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