The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Wiesbaden went to Laura Kraut and Cedric (Chambertin x Carolus I). The pair produced one of four triple clear rounds, shaving off 0.23 seconds on runner-up Edwina Tops-Alexander’s time – the Australian riding her faithful Cevo Itot du Chateau (Le Tot de Semilly x Galoubet A). Third was home rider Hans-Dieter Dreher on Magnus Romeo (Royal Feu x Hans Anders Z).
After the first round no less than seventeen riders had been clear in the beautiful grass ring in Wiesbaden. The surroundings were breathtaking – the ring is in front of a castle and is surrounded by a beautiful park, and with packed stands the atmosphere was super in the evening sun. The seventeen clears were joined by one rider with faults – Cameron Hanley on one single time penalty aboard Antello Z (Animo II Z x Continue Z).
The second round consisted of a demanding course of eleven fences, including a triple combination at 6 abc and then a combination at 10ab – and there were a lot of big oxers spread around the track build by Frank Rothenberger. This time around six riders went clear. Camron Hanley impressed with one down and two time penalties, while Rolf-Göran Bengtsson’s Quintero Ask (Quantum x Chambertin) had the b-element of the combination down. Both Hassam Mohammed Bassem and Daniel Deusser had faults. Meredtih Michaels-Beerbaum’s Bella Donna (Baldini II x Calido I) jumped incredible again, but finished with a single time penalty. Lauren Hough did not come to start, but Ludger Beerbaum did and the legend rode a perfect clear on Chiara (Contender x Coronado).
Gregory Wathelet also had a good clear round on Citizenguard Cadjanine Z (Canabis Z x Feinschnitt I Z), while Denis Lynch shared Meredith’s faith and had a time penalty. Jane Richard Philipps, Philipp Weishaupt and Luciana Diniz all had faults – while Edwina Tops Alexander had yet another clear on the super Itot. David Will and Juvina had to see the last element of the triple combination fall, and the world’s number one Christian Ahlmann had the last down on Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor). Then came the three last clears with Hansi, Laura and Doda.
The jump-off track was reduced to seven fences and included a combination half way. Ludger opened with a great clear at 47.47 seconds after getting a super turn and angel to the vertical which was placed as the fifth fence. Gregory Wathelet had one down at the fifth vertical, while Edwina and Itot rode super quick getting a very good turn to the fifth fence – stopping the clock on 45.35 seconds. Hans-Dieter Dreher rode a fabulous round on the not so easy stallion Magnus Romeo – and was a little behind Edwina on 46.76 seconds. Laura Kraut rode a fantastic clear on her long-time partner Cedric – crossing the finish line on 45.12 second after flying in to the last vertical, and ended as the winner. Last rider Alvaro De Miranda could do nothing as he had one down on AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno ending 6th.
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