The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg in images - part two
Saturday, 07 June 2014
Marcus Ehning's 17 year old Plot Blue looks to be in the form of his life! It was only the very last fence in the second round that stopped the pair from the jump-off - instead they ended 12th. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Gert-Jan Bruggink and the 11 year old Vampire cleared the first round, but in the second round they had to see a pole fall - ending 9th. Gerco Schröder competed the Holsteiner Cognac Champblanc and did a really nice round. But as they ended the first round on five faults they were not among the 18 best that qualified for the second round. Henrik von Eckermann didn't have the best start to the weekend with Cantinero, but they pulled themself together for the Grand Prix. After having the very last fence down in the first round they qualified for the second round where the c-element of the combination fell. In the end they were 17th. Another rider that had the very last fence down was Laura Kraut riding Wotsamillion. Laura was one of the four faulters that was not fast enough to qualify for the second round, but what a great round they delivered!Fit For Fun - ridden by Luciana Diniz - made it all the way to the jump-off where unfortunately a pole fell. Luciana and the tiny chestnut ended fifth. Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman are always a couple to look out for and this time was no different. Entering the arena three times and being clear all through resulted in a fourth place. Big Star is really a big star! It was so nice seeing Nick Skelton with the 11 year old Quick Star-son fighting their way around the course. This time the very last fence fell in the first round and even though they were qualified for the second round Nick decided not to start. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with the 9 year old For Pleasure-daughter Atlanta. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson's Casall Ask jumped even better in the second round than in the first, but after having four faults in both rounds they ended in 15th position. The Longines Ranking leader Scott Brash collected some more ranking points ending the class third riding Hello Sanctos. This very last fence stopped several riders from ending the course on a clean sheat.