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Marc Houtzager makes it a win in the Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg

Thursday, 09 May 2013

The winners: Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Uppity. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a speedy jump-off Marc Houtzager took home the Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg with Sterrehof's Uppity (Guidam x Epilot). It was a 1,55 m class and course designer Frank Rothenberger really gave the horses and riders a challenge. The triple combination as number three caused plenty of mistakes as several horses had problems with the plank on top of the a-element. But also the line from fence eight to the combination at nine a and b gave the riders a headache, with six or seven strides to the combination and then two really short strides between a triple bar and an oxer.

Second place to Christian Ahlmann with Lorena. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Only five riders cleared the first round and were welcomed back to the jump-off. The shortened track consisted of seven fences and eight jumps. The first to elements of the triple combination were still in the course, but this time with a colored pole on top of the a-element. Pius Schwizer on Verdi III (Hors la Loi x Cantus) was first to go and he ended with four faults in a time of 46,17 seconds. Christian Ahlmann and the very quick Lorena (Larenco x Romeo) then cleared the jump-off with a great time of 44,58 seconds. The pair really looked like the winners.

Thomas Voss was very pleased with his Carena (Corrado I x Alcatraz) after the first round, and could once again leave the ring as a happy man after the jump-off. Voss rode a clear round and went in on second place. Thomas was then followed by two Dutch riders - Marc Houtzager and Jur Vrieling. Being slightly faster than Christian, Marc took over the lead on Sterrehof's Uppity that really fought his way through both rounds. Jur Vrieling and VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) really showed that they wanted to win as well though, and went for it. Jur was the fastest one when he crossed the finish line, but the second last fence fell.

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