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Oppermann on top in Hannover

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The winning couple - Jörg Oppermann and Che Guevara. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The 26 year old German rider Jörg Oppermann and the fantastic stallion Che Guevara (Concept x Rebel Z) took home the win in the Solartechnik Stiens Grand Prix in Hannover. It was a difficult task that course designer Frank Rothenberger gave the riders, and it was the two combinations (10 a, b and c as well as the last fence – a oxer oxer combination) that caused most trouble.

Thirteen riders had entered the course before the first clear came with rider number fourteen, Nisse Lüneburg and Calle Cool (Concerto x Landgraf). After him only three more clears followed in the first round – Katharina Offel with Cathleen (Cordobes x Ramiro´s Son), Jörg Oppermann with Che Guevara and Douglas Lindelöw with Talina (Matterhorn x Heidelberg).

The best ten riders went on to the second round where everyone started with a zero score. It was four clear rounds, two with one time fault and the rest had four faults in the first round. First to go was Marcus Ehning with the fantastic mare Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel). The two suffered the same destiny as in the first round with one down. Florian Meyer zu Hartum and Heidegirl Wichenstein (Virtual Village Quick Star x Zeus) were next to go. With a clear round and the time 37,89 they put some pressure on the riders left to go.

Gert-Jan Bruggink and Primeval Wings (Lexicon x Columbus) were next, but had to see two fences down. Swiss rider Simone Wettstein and Clip My Horse Cash and Go (Cash and Carry x Concerto) got four faults, while Angelica Augustsson's former ride Quick Diamond (Quick Lauro Z x Catango) jumped a really good clear round with Björn Nagel. The clock stopped at 38.62 seconds which placed them after zu Hartum.

The runner-up; Katharina Offel and Cathleen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Janne-Friederike Meyer and Holiday by Solitour (Contendro x Cascavell) were also clear and just slightly behind Nagel with the time 38.63. The next rider Nisse Lüneburg and Calle Cool had one down and after him two clears followed; the winner Jörg Oppermann at the time 36.28 and runner up Katharina Offel crossed the finish line at 36.52. Last to go was the Swedish rider that won the big class yesterday, Douglas Lindelöw. Unfortunately he and Talina had a misunderstanding as the horse jumped through one fence and also thad the last one dow. 

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