As last to go in the seventeen horse jump-off, it was Johannes Ehning on Salvador V (Sable Rose x Optiebeurs Volt) who snatched the victory in the Championat der Deutschen Kreditbank. After 54 riders had been through the thirteen fences course, seventeen had remained clear and proceeded to the jump-off. With three girls in the lead when he entered the ring, the winner was asked if it wasn’t a bit un-gentlemanish to go for the win; “It was a little hard to consider that, but if it had been my girlfriend I might have taken it into consideration! Salvador was out after Kiel after an injury, but is now back again,” Ehning smiled.
Ludger Beerbaum – overall leader of the tour ahead of the final tomorrow – must have been one of the favorites to take the win home, but had an uncharacteristically three down on Gotha FRH 18 (Goldfever x Prestige Pilot). Ludger will nevertheless ride the final round of the Tour tomorrow as he is in the lead, and according to the qualifiying rules allowed to ride.
After the four first riders had fences down Simone Wettstein was the first to go clear in the jump-off on Clipmyhorse Cash and Go (Cash and carry x Concerto II), but her time did not look unbeatable. Eight riders followed, and all saw poles fall to the ground – it was especially sad for David Will who rode a great round on Don CeSar (Drossan x Fruhlingsball).
Then came Julia Kayser on the lovely grey nine year old Sterrehof’s Valdato (Emilion x Caretino I). Kayser managed to shave off 0.75 seconds on Wettstein’s time and went into a lead after a beautiful round. Alexandra Fricker followed and slotted in right behind Kayser.
Johannes Ehning was last to go and as the last German to save the honors the crowds cheered him on over every fence. The encouragement must have had a good effect; Ehning raced around the course with the precision that comes with his surname and stopped the clock on 37.70 – a time that was 1.38 seconds faster than Kayser’s. Of her runner-up position Kayser said; “Valdato is in super form, and showed that again today!”
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