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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.

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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!"

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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.

Broken collarbone for Katrin Eckermann after terrible fall in the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen

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katrin-firthWe wish this pair a speedy recovery! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katrin Eckermann broke her collarbone after a terrible fall in the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen. The accident happened on the open water jump placed as fence six, and both horse and rider went over hitting the ground hard – just as they did in Thursday´s Nations Cup. This time it did not end so well though, and both Katrin and Firth of Lorne had to be transported out of the ring to get medical treatment – Katrin to the hospital. Firth of Lorne has been examined and as it currently looks there are no serious injuries.

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 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. 

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.

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.

The flying Fibonacci

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_K7X5460This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

  

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.

Quotes after the Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia; "I will ride Firth of Lorne in the Grand Prix"

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katrin-carlsonKatrin Eckermann came back strong in Aachen on Friday. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a terrible fall for Katrin Eckermann in Thursday's Nations Cup, she came back strong to win Friday's Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia on Carlson 46 - and this is what she had to say: "I forgot about yesterday this morning, and today I was the first rider in the jump-off and gave it my all and in the end I was first. I lunged Firth of Lorne this morning and he looked really good, so I don't think about yesterday. I will jump him in the Grand Prix. I am sure that when I ride him on Sunday he will jump the water clear," Katrin explained.

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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The flying Fibonacci

The flying Fibonacci

This is the horse that is on everybody's lips at the moment; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum's Fibonacci 17 - a nine year old gelding by For Feeling x Corland - jumps incredible with the German rider, and to sit on this horse must be like flying! Here is a little photo series from Friday's 1.55 class to illustrate. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.   

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