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German domination in Leipzig!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Katrin Eckermann, Christian Ahlmann and Marcus Ehning were on top in Leipzig. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Three German riders were on top in the FEI Rolex World Cup in Leipzig; Christian Ahlmann with Taloubet Z (Galoubet x Polydor), Katrin Eckermann with Carlson (Casco x Sable Rose) and Marcus Ehning with Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) dominated on home soil.

It was a tough course and several horses got tired at the end of it, but thirteen riders went clear and on to the jump-off. Henrik von Eckermann and Allerdings (Arpeggio x Diamantino) were first to go after getting allowed to start the World Cup qualifier at the very last minute. Henrik hadn´t qualified for the class, and walked the course totally relaxed without any riding gear on. As one rider withdrew after the course walk Henrik got the message that he could ride a minute before tha class started, and that he would be number 15 out. Henrik was still in his jeans and Allerdings was standing in the box. But everything worked out well and Henrik made it to the jump-off and was clear there as well.

Second out was Florian Meyer zu Hartum with Heidegirl Wichtenstein CH (Quick Star x Zeus) but he never found the rhythm and three fences fell. Katrin Eckermann with Carlson then entered the arena and really went for it. The talented young rider took over the lead. Mario Stevens with DÁvignon (Dunhill x Apart) followe and got eight faults.

Katrin Eckermann is a name to remember. We will for sure see a lot of her in the future! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Christian Ahlmann was the only one that managed to do something about Katrin Eckermann's time,  and Taloubet Z showed that he for sure is back in form after his injury. On the other hand a misunderstanding between Angelica Augustsson and Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) stopped them from a top placement and they finished the course with nine faults.

Marcus Ehning, who had to change his plans about what horse to ride this morning started with Sabrina instead of Noltes Küchengirl. Marcus did his best and took over the third place on the Sandro Boy-daughter. Sergio Alvarez Moya with Wisconsin (Darco x Coriolan) had the first element of the combination down and Pius Schwizer with Ulysse (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme) had two fences down at the end of the track.

Billy Twomey wanted to win, but he and Tinka´s Serenade (Tinka´s Boy x African Drum) couldn´t do anything about the top three German riders and ended up in fourth position. Cornet Obolensky surprisingly had the first and the second fence down and didn´t start to jump as he usually does before the third fence.

Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf) who had some trouble turning in the first round, got one down in the jump-off . Ludger Beerbaum with Gotha FRH (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot) was last to go in the jump-off and they suffered the same faith as Gotha FRH landed on the back rail of the triple bar.

It could have been three Swedish riders in the jump-off as Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Ninja La Silla (Guidam x Lys de Darmen) did a fantastic round except for that single time fault! Rolf is still on top in the Western European league though; click here for the full standing.

Click here for full results from the class.

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