It was Jos Lansink that took home the 1.45 Grand Prix at the Longines Beijing Masters today. All the international riders present are competing on borrowed horses, which made the class quite entertaining to watch. Seven riders went on to the jump-off, three of them from China.
Four European riders made it to the jump-off; Edwina Tops-Alexander on Urema – a horse that suited her quite well, Marco Kutscher on Balou’s Boy, Jos Lansink on the grey Cheval de Blanc – at horse that definitely looked to enjoy having the Belgian rider on his back and Christian Ahlmann on Cinetto 2.
Home rider Ba Gen on Comeback Bally set the first clear in the jump-off for China, and eventually ended third. Edwina on the other hand had two down, as did Marco. Jos Lansink did another fantastic round on Cheval de Blanc, and shaved off seconds on Ba Gen’s time to take the lead. Xiaokelati Abayi was also clear for China on Ukendy, and was very happy when he crossed the finish line to eventually finish as runner-up. Ahlmann – who was last to go – had the a-element in the combination to end up fourth.
We were even lucky enough to get some more photos from the Swedish A-team - Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Angelica Augustsson!
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