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Aachen images | The Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup team presentation

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_K7X3645Eight teams competed in Thursday's Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup in Aachen, and as always it was an entertaining team presentation. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.


Todd Minikus claims one-two victory at HITS Saugerties

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MinikusHITSTodd Minikus and Arino Du Rouet jump to their second HITS Saugerties win this year in the $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix. Photo ©ESI Photography.Todd Minikus knows when the likes of McLain Ward, Ronan McGuigan and Laura Chapot follow him in a jump-off, winning will be no easy feat. He proved twice-over, however, that while a fight against some of the greats is a challenge, he is up to the task. Minikus bested a star-studded order on Sunday to collect first with Arino Du Rouet, as well as second and sixth in the $50,000 Horze Equestrian Grand Prix presented by Zoetis at HITS Saugerties. With 13 jumping efforts, Florencio Hernandez's (Mexico City, Mexico) built a course that served dual purposes – welcoming a field of both green and experienced horses. "For that mix, it was the perfect course," said Minikus.

The CSI4* Grand Prix in Dinard to El Zoghby, & the CSI3* Grand Prix in Megève to Fabre Delbos

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Frederique-Fabre-Delbos-NirFrederique Fabre Delbos won the three star Grand Prix in Megève riding Nirvana Basters. Here seen in Odense earlier this year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Egypt's Karim El Zoghby made it yet another Grand Prix win with Amelia (Cantos) yesterday, winning the four star 1.60 Grand Prix de la Ville de Dinard. El Zoghby has showed great form lately, and also won the Grand Prix in Franconville in June. With one of only two double clear rounds, El Zoghby's jump-off was the fastest at 49 seconds. Over four seconds behind came home rider Nicolas Delmotte on Number One D'Iso Un Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Si Tu Viens). Third place went to another home rider; Roger Yves Bost on Nippon d'Elle (Scherif d'Elle x Narcos), who had the fastest jump-off time but on the expense of a rail down.

The Halla Challenge Trophy to Voyeur

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kent-extraKent Farrington receives the Halla Challenge Trophy in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Voyeur (Tolano Van´t Riethof x Goodwill) won the Halla Challenge Trophy in Aachen. The award goes to the owner of the most successful horse in the classical jumping competitions and was presented by Mr. Hans Günter Winkler. Voyeur is owned by Amalaya Investments, and has had a very good weekend in Aachen with his rider Kent Farrington – winning Wednesday's big class and ending second in the Rolex Grand Prix.

Daniel Deusser best rider in Aachen

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daniel-cornet-extraDaniel Deusser was awarded as the best rider in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Germany's own Daniel Deusser ended as the best rider in Aachen, taking home the Prize of the Federal Minister of the Interior. It was also the Federal Minister of the Interior, Mr.Hans-Peter Friedric, who presented Daniel with the trophy. The German rider picked up a total of 37 points, while USA's Kent Farrington picked up 35 points and Germany's Marcus Ehning 34 points.

Quotes and thoughts after the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen

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christian-citatChristian Ahlmann was very happy with the win and the fact that Codex One is back in super form. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. The winner - Christian Ahlmann - was asked about his tactics as the first to go in the jump-off: Go as fast possible or to play it more safe? “Something in between... I wanted to put the pressure on my colleagues. They are all fast so I tried to put the pressure on but still be clear."


Christian on his partner Codex One that was out with an injury during the winter; "The last show was in Lausanne. We gave him a lot of time to recover before we started slowly with the Z-Tour in Lanaken with some small classes. He jumped the big class in Hamburg and then in Rotterdam. Step by step he came back to his old shape. From the first moment here this week he did a really good job - like last year. He does well in this ring and he was fresh enough today to do three clear rounds. Now he is back in shape!"

The Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen to Christian Ahlmann and Codex One

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christian-rolexCodex One takes a close look at his trophy after winning the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen, also securing Christian Ahlmann the blazer that all the winners of the famous Grand Prix get the honor of wearing. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.As the only pair with three clear rounds, Christian Ahlmann and Codex One (Contendro I x Glueckspilz) won the 1.000.000 Euro Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen. A German win, three German riders in a five-horse-jump-off, thrills and spills – including a terrible fall in the first round and some dramatic exits in the second round – filled the most prestigious Grand Prix in the world with every thinkable ingredient needed to make a real thriller of a competition where the crowds covered their eyes, held their breath and erupted in wild applause for excellent performances from the world's best riders.

The top five in the speed derby in Aachen

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1Olivier Philippaerts and Carlito C (Kannan x Romeo) won the speed derby in Aachen on Saturday night, jumping clear over the track that was a mix between normal and natural fences stopping the clock on 76.60 seconds. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson. 

Shane Breen speeds to a win in the SAP-Preis in Aachen

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shane-breen-calido-boyShane Breen and Calido Boy. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ireland's Shane Breen took an early lead in the 1.45 speed class SAP-Preis in Aachen on Sunday morning, and nobody that followed could catch up with him. Riding Calido Boy (Calido Ass x Alcatraz) to a time of 65.65 seconds, Breen was unbeatable in the class that counted a little over thirty riders. Yesterday's winning pair of Emanuele Gaudiano and Caesario 6 (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) ended as runners-up in a time of 66.34, and then another second behind came Canada's Ben Aselin who ended third on Makavoy (Hors La Loi Ii x Ahorn).

The RWE-Preis in Aachen to Emanuele Gaudiano

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emanuel-ceasarioEmanuele Gaudiano and Caesario 6. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Saturday's late night class in Aachen went to Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano. Riding Caesario 6 (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) the notoriously fast rider took home the accumulator class with a full score and a time of 53.48 seconds. Runner-up was home rider Tim Hoster on Quality (Quidam´s Rubin x Grannus) far behind on 56.12 seconds, and in third came Ireland's Cameron Hanley on Amira (Air Jordan Z x Chellano Z) with the time 57.15 seconds.

The boys are the Best of Champions in Aachen

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marcus-comme-il-fautMarcus Ehning and Comme il faut were part of the winning team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After outclassing the girls in the first round of the Best of Champions in Aachen, there was no question who was going to win the two round competition. With a clean sheet in round one, there was a sea of time difference between the two teams ahead of the relay in round two. The men were strong in force with Steve Guerdat on Qui Vive de la Tour (Helios De La Cour Ii x Rif Du Crocq), Kent Farrington on Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant) , Marcus Ehning on Comme il faut 5 (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro), Ludger Beerbaum on Carinou (Carinue x Balou Du Rouet), Ben Maher on Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz) and Scott Brash on Hello Sunshine (Diamant de Semilly x Hardi) all delivering first clear rounds.

Frank Schuttert scores a surprise win in Preis AachenMünchener

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frank-schuttert-epleaserFrank Schuttert and Epleaser van´t Heike - a son of Jos Lansink´s former top horse Valentina van´t Heike - won Saturday´s biggest class in Aachen. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.With fierce competition from some of the biggest names in the sport, it was quite a surprise when the only 20-year-old Dutch rider Frank Schuttert snatched the win as first to go in the twelve horse winning round in the Preis AachenMünchener. Riding the scopey Epleasure van´t Heike (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve), Schuttert took the lead as pathfinder in the second round – and putting stallion in top gear on the opening stretch and then taking out a stride on the next line, Frank had a good start over the shortened 1.55 eight-fence track that included a combination as the penultimate challenge. Crossing the finish line the clock stopped on 48.39 seconds.

McLain Ward takes a chance on $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

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McLainAshleyESIMcLain Ward and HH Ashley were the top pair in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Photo ©ESI Photography.McLain Ward was wearing his poker face Friday at HITS Saugerties and gambled his way to win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix presented by Zoetis on new mount, HH Ashley. Second to go in a five-horse jump-off, Ward chased down speedster Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida, who posted an immediate Great American Time to Beat at 37.15 seconds aboard Two Swans Farm's Arino Du Rouet.

Darragh Kenny and Chin Quidam VDL best in the Sparkassen Youngster Cup Final

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darragh-kenny-chin-quidam-fDarragh Kenny with Chin Quidam VDL. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Thursday's Youngster Cup winners Darragh Kenny and Chin Quidam VDL (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) were yet again the best in Saturday's Sparkassen Youngster Cup Final in Aachen. The couple were one of thirty pairs moving on to the final, after two qualifications earlier this week. In the end almost half of the class moved on to the second round, the majority being eight year old horses – and it was also one of them that ended up on top as Kenny's eight year old stallion was the fastest one at 45.29 seconds.

Katrin Eckermann come back to win the Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen

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katrin-eckermann-gothaKatrin Eckermann and Carlson 46 flying towards their Aachen-victory. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Katrin Eckermann took a very popular home win in Aachen on Friday afternoon winning the Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen aboard Carlson 46 (Casco x Calvados). The tough German rider made a great comeback after her bad fall in the Nations Cup yesterday, and the crowd volume in the arena increased with every fence she jumped in the heating Aachen-sun.

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