Jeroen Dubbeldam and Utascha SFN (Lux Z x Indoctro) returned to their winning ways today in Wiesbaden, taking home the 1.50 class Sunday afternoon. The class was a qualifier for the DKB Riders Tour, and had 51 riders in it. Ten of these went clear over the first round thirteen fence track which included an early triple combination with a vertical-vertical-oxer and a combination at 10a and b. It was the white and burgundy triple combination that caught out most riders, and plenty got faults here.
The first clear came from America's Saer Coulter on the lovely Don VHP (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire), before Maurice Tebbel followed with a clear for Germany. Laura Renwick and John Whitaker both produced clears for Britain, while Katharina Offel rode a super round on B-Once Z (Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto).
Almost 15 riders left the ring with faults before another clear came – this time from Tiffany Foster and Southwind VDL (Baloubet du Rouet x Ahorn). Kamal Bahamdan and Jeroen also crossed the finish line on a clean sheet; Utasha jumping fantastic. The two last clears belonged to Cameron Hanley on Dundee vd Dwerse Hagen (Caesar van de Helle x Brownboy) and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on the impressive Unbelievable (Manhattan x Democrat).
Saer opened the jump-off with a rhythmical and safe clear, stopping the clock on 46.66. Next into the huge grass ring in Wiesbaden was Maurice Tebbel who hit the back pole on the oxer midway hard to end on four faults. Laura Renwick and Kavanagh IV (Kannan x Carousel) were super fast at 43.21, but at the expense of one down – while John and the big Maximillian (Carnute x Sioux de Baugy) were clear on a time of 45.72.
Then it was time for Kathi Offel and B-Once Z. Yet again Kathi rode a super clear – getting a great turn to the oxer at two before setting her mare in top gear down to the vertical at fence three. A gallop to the last secured a great time at 42.99 seconds and the Ukrainian rider took the lead. Tiffany Foster rode a steady clear, while Kamal used Cezanne's (Calido I x Corofino I) huge gallop to his advantage and ended on 43.77 seconds – slotting in behind Kathi. Jeroen was next in on Utascha and with a great rhythm and perfect turns everywhere the Dutch rider shaved off 0.88 seconds on Kathi's time and took over the lead. Cameron Hanley went in a last to go as Meredith chose not to ride. The Irish rider had one down – leaving the win to Jeroen.
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