The show in Wiesbaden this weekend was held for the 75th time, and the biggest star there was the dressage horse Totilas. There has probably never been such big crowds around the dressage arena before!
But let's go to the showjumping! Several of the riders that came to start in the grass arena between the big trees were coming directly from the GCT show in Cannes. They flew out Sunday morning, and were already at start yesterday.
The ten best riders from the first round were allowed to ride the second round of the Grand Prix, and as it was less than ten clear rounds some of the riders with four faults went through. All riders started over with zero faults in the second round. First to go was the winner from Cannes – Edwina Alexander – who flew over from Cannes in a private jet yesterday. Today she rode Ciske van Overis (Celano x Darco) and the couple, who had four faults in the first round - but got a much better flow in the second round and crossed the finish line without faults.
Lars Nieberg on the eighteen year old mare Lucie (Landadel x Gralsritter) was next to go in this round, but they sadly had two down in the beginning of the course and another one at the end. Luciana Diniz on the lovely stallion Winningmood (Darco x Cassini) had a great first round even though one pole fell to the ground. The second round was even better, and the stallion jumped beautiful and was very fast. The time of 48,45 seconds would put some pressure on the rest of the riders.
Angelica Augustsson and her not so easy ride Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) was next to go and they took over the lead with 47,52. The pair is really in good form at the moment. David Will on Don CeSar (Drossan x Frühlingsball) got two down, and then it was time for Hans-Dieter Dreher with Magnus Romeo (Royal Feu x Hans Anders) - they had to hear a pole fall down. Another German rider Andreas Knippling was at start and he rode Neolist van het Mierenhof (Landwind x Feinschnitt). Andreas did some short turns and went for it, but he didn´t have a chance against Angelica's time, and then the last pole fell to the ground.
The first out of the three last riders was Daniel Deusser, who is born in Wiesbaden, but now works for Jan Tops in Holland. He rode the ten year old gelding Cabreado S.E. (Canabis x Gold Sky) and he was the next one to try to get Angelica. He did not succeed as a pole fell after a short turn. Andre Schröder was second last with AD Quira (Quilot x Ramiro), and he rode for a safe clear round. Well done for the young boy from Holstein in Germany.
Ludger Beerbaum, who has won the Grand Prix in Wiesbaden three times, was last to go. Ludger wanted to win and gave it it his all on Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You). The stallion has previously had some issues with waterfences, and in particular with overbuild water. Today Chaman jumped both the four meter long open water and the second last yellow fence with water under it without any doubt. With the time of 46,38 seconds Ludger won the Grand Prix in Wiesbaden for the fourth time! The Grand Prix counts as one of the legs in the DKB Riders Tour, and gave valueable points to the top-placed riders.
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