The Gothenburg Trophy presented by Carpe Diem saw three veterans on top with Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) taking their second Grand Prix win in two weeks. Ludger was followed by Marcus Ehning riding Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot) and a very popular Rolf-Göran Bengtsson who made the crowds go crazy as he was double clear with Casall La SIlla (Caretino x Lavall I).
Out of 39 riders seven went clear around the 13 fence track with fence 12a and b towards the end of the course causing the most problems. The jump-off became a hard challenge as Ludger, Marcus and Rolf got company from Christian Ahlmann and Rich Fellers, all known for their short turns and brilliant riding. In addition to these five experienced riders Nayel Nassar and the young American talent Lucy Davis. also joined in.
Nayel rode a good clear round at 34.82 seconds, but was pushed down to a current second place as Marcus and birthday boy Plot Blue wanted some revenge from the bad first round in the world cup on Thursday. Marcus shaved off 2.8 seconds on Nayel’s time, but with Ludger as the next to go Marcus did not keep the lead for long either.
Ludger and Chaman showed brilliant riding as they won the Hermes Grand Prix two weeks ago, and kept up their great performances with short turns in Gothenburg today. As they crossed the finish line they had shaved off 1,05 seconds on Marcus’ time and it was obvious that their time would be hard to beat.
Rolf did his best to try and give the home crowd a win though, but he could not match Ludger’s turns, and he also added an extra stride in front of the combinations as well as towards the last fence. With the time 32.12 Rolf went into third place.
Christian and Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) are dangerous in every jump-off they attend, but today his turn out of the combination was cut too tight and the entire fence fell. Rich Fellers and Flexible (Cruising x Safari) rode a fast clear round, but ended just a tiny fraction behind Rolf at 32.13 placing them fourth.
Lucy Davis was last to go. The 20 year old rider once again showed nice riding aboard Barron (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve). The clock stopped at 32.53, but one fence fell on her way leaving her as number seven as she could not take Christian’s time.
In the press conference after the class it was a very pleased Ludger Beerbaum who met the press. “I’m really, really pleased of course. When you get to the jump-off with Chaman, it’s not really difficult to compete with him and turn. He is really focused. To beat them [Marcus and Rolf] is quite a good feeling,” Ludger said.
Rolf was happy with his horse, but a bit annoyed about his extra strides. ”I’m pleased with Casall La Silla, and he jumped a really good first round today. In the jump-off I had one stride too much to the combination and was not really going for it towards the last, so I lost it there,” Rolf says.
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