After an amazing jump-off, Albert Zoer was awarded with the win in the Grand Prix in Dortmund. The 1.55 class was also the final of the Masters League, and counted 41 riders. Only four of these remained clear around the demanding first round track that consisted of thirteen fences – including a triple combination at 12abc which claimed many victims. The first clear came from Australia’s Jamie Kermod who rode a beautiful clear in Quite Cassini 11 (Cassini I x Quidam de Revel). Then sixteen riders later Germany’s Toni Hassman rode a lovely round on PKZ Contact van de Heffinck (Concept x Corrado I), before Albert Zoer on the super cute Abra Kadabra (Vancouver x Calvados) and Marcus Ehning on the stunning Comme il faut (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro) joined in for the jump-off.
Kermond opened the jump-off, but unfortunately had an early vertical down. Then followed Toni who rode yet another good round on the 13 year old stallion to go clear in the time of 44.06 seconds. This was a time Albert Zoer cut off no less than over three seconds on after a tremendous round – not once pulling back around the shortened track, also racing down to the final oxer to then take the lead. Marcus did his best to chase Albert, and although Comme il faut jumped incredible he was a little under a second behind when he crossed the finish line and had to settle for second.
In Braunschweig home rider Philipp Weishaupt won the four star Grand Prix on Tabea (Contendro I x Fernando). In this 1.55 class, twelve riders reached the jump-off – but only five of them managed to repeat their first clear rounds. Phillip was the best of these, bringing the time down to 35.66 seconds – beating runner-up Denis Lynch aboard Abbervail van het Dingeshof (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme) with over a second. In third followed a Dutch rider; Jeroen Dubbeldam – who keeps on impressing on Zenith SFN (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet) – before Germany filled up the two next spots with Tim Hoster and Max Kühnher in fourth and fifth.
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