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Beerbaum takes top honors on exciting second day of CHI Al Shaqab

Saturday, 09 March 2019
CSI5* Doha 2019

Photo (c) CHI AL SHAQAB. Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara. Photo (c) CHI AL SHAQAB.


Press release from CHI AL SHAQAB 2019 


An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a thrilling second day of action at CHI AL SHAQAB 2019, the signature event of Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation.

It was a day of triumph for Ludger Beerbaum of Germany who emerged victorious in the CSI5* 1.60m event class with a jump-off. Beerbaum cleared the jump-off in 43.74 seconds earning 48.345 € for his first place. 

Commenting on his win at Al Shaqab’s state-of-the-art equestrian venue, an exuberant Beerbaum said: “My horse, Chiara 222, has been doing this for 16 years and has a lot of experience here at Al Shaqab itself. She loves it here and I think that counted in my favor. I'm very happy with the result. I’d like to enjoy this moment, but I’m also looking forward to the Grand Prix.”

Dutch rider Jur Vrieling and VDL Glasgow vh Merelsnest N.O.P. (Nabab de Reve x Darco) finished the jump-off in 44.72 seconds to take the runner-up spot, while Germany's Daniel Deusser and Calisto Blue (Chacco Blue x Con Air) ended third with a time of 45.83 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland won the 1.50m class against the clock aboard Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) — earning his victory with a time of 67.26 seconds.

Guerdat said: “It was nice to win. It was a nice class. I was quite lucky that a lot of riders were faster than me but had one down. So, I did not have to take too many risks. I managed to save a little bit of my horse’s energy for the Grand Prix. It was good for me. I’ve been to Al Shaqab many times before. The facilities are great. It’s very good for the horses, and the ground is good. The organization is perfect.” 

Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann and Que Bueno de Hus Z (Que Guapo x Canto) finished second with a time of 67.63, while Norway's Geir Gulliksen came in third with VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Bois Margot x Caletto I) in 70.82.

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