John and Peppermill delivered a spotless performance in Munich today to take home the Grosser Preis der Deutschen Kreditbank AG. The final leg of the DKB-Riders Tour gave the riders plenty of challenges, and after the first round only two riders left the ring on a clean sheet. The first clear came from John and his wonderful Burggraaf-stallion, who made light work of the big course. Peppermill has scope to burn and that came in handy today over Frank Rothenberger’s wide oxers."It is'nt always easy to stay in the saddle when he is jumping, but when he is jumping like this he makes my life really easy," John said afterwards.
Katrin Eckermann delivered the second clear on the well jumping Carlson 46 (Casco x Sable Rose) and released her happiness when crossing the finish line to wild cheers from the home crowds. It looked good for Katrin who with a top three placing could hunt down Ludger Beerbaum’s overall lead in the Tour when he opened the ball with two down on Gotha FRH 18 (Goldfever x Prestige Piolot). Just like twelve of the other riders Ludger had the b-element in the imposing triple combination down; which consisted of an oxer-oxer-gate. The last oxer also gave many a headache; it was wide and with a water tray – thirteen of the riders had the fence down.
John and Katrin were joined in the second round by eight of the other best riders. Vladimir Tuganov on a single time fault and seven others on four went on to compete for the top prize. Marcus Ehning on Sabrina was first to go, and put up a high tempo right from the start. The Sandro Boy-mare jumped amazing, but unfortunately she had a pole down on the narrow oxer at fence six – the time was the fastest of the day though. Dominique Hendrickx was the first to deliver a clear on Cor van der Wateringhoeve (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Lys de Darmen), but his time was soon bettered by Thomas Voss on Carinjo (Cascavelle x Alcatraz).
Johannes Ehning had a clever solution on how to take the lead, and turned inside a fence from the penultimate vertical to the last oxer – giving him and Salvador V (Sable Rose X Optiebeurs Volt) the lead on 39.81 seconds. After a slower clear from Vladimir, John was next to go. With Peppermill’s huge canter John cruised around the eight fence course making it look like a walk in the park; they crossed the finish line on 38.71 seconds – a true display of power from the British legend.
Katrin Eckermann really had her chance to become the Rider of the Year and steal the title from Ludger. Eckermann’s chances disappeared when she hit the first fence – a plank vertical and the 21 year old talented rider had to settle for seventh.
Ludger Beerbaum could celebrate the Rider of the Year title yet again and took home the overall win in the DKB-Riders Tour. On his somewhat below par results this weekend Ludger said; "It's not so easy in this small arena. Last weekend I had a really fast jump-off on Gotha and I suspected that I would get a hard time this weekend due to that, and I was right."
Top Five in the class:
1. John Whitaker/Peppermill 0/38.71
2. Johannes Ehning/Salvador V 0/39.81
3. Thomas Voss/Carinjo 0/41.25
4. Dominique Hendrickx/Cor van der Wateringhoeve 0/43.13
5. Vladimir Tuganov/Amarok 0/45.02
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