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Golden performance for Germany as Ahlmann wins Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome Sunday showdown

Sunday, 04 September 2022
CSI5* LGCT Rome 2022

Photo © Longines Global Champions Tour. Christian Ahlmann and the stunning stallion Solid Gold Z (Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z) blasted away the competition in a sizzling final CSI5* 1.50m class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome. Photo © Longines Global Champions Tour.

 

Edited press release from Longines Global Champions Tour

 


 

It’s never over until Christian Ahlmann takes to the arena, as he proved once again in the final class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome. Ahlmann and the stunning stallion Solid Gold Z (Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z) blasted away the competition in a sizzling final CSI5* 1.50m class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome.

With a thrilling finish to an incredible three days of showjumping in the iconic venue of the Circus Maximus in the heart of Italy’s capital, Rome, spectators were treated to a masterclass of a jump-off from current Longines Global Champions Tour Championship leader Christian Ahlmann.

With 2022 clearly being his year, Ahlmann was one of only six clear rounds in the final 5* showdown in one of the most iconic locations on the tour. Taking the win by 0.91 seconds from crowd favourite Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden with Harley Davidson (Hip Hop x Calypso III), who beat flying Frenchman, Kevin Staut aboard Emir de Moens Harcour (Urlevent du Bary x Papillon Rouge) by only 0.19s.

Photo © Longines Global Champions Tour. "He is an unbelievable horse, an unbelievable fighter and I'm so pleased everyone can see how special he is," Christian Ahlmann said about Solid Gold Z. Photo © Longines Global Champions Tour.

Speaking on today’s epic performance Ahlmann smiled: "He is an unbelievable horse, an unbelievable fighter and I'm so pleased everyone can see how special he is. I lost my stirrup so I had to do one or two extra strides than I planned."

Giving GCTV an insight into the Championship race he added: "For sure I will be in Riyadh, we have our home show the same weekend as New York which is a bit sad. I am still in a good position but it is very very close so I have to do everything I can do and have some luck in the last stage so I am working on that."

With free entry for passers-by, stands were full of intrigued locals and travelling fans alike, keen to catch the last glimpse of the best horse and riders in the world take to the arena for one last dance.

Winners of yesterday’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rome, Christian Kukuk thrilled the crowd with what everyone thought would be the winning round. As last to go he was over a second faster than Ahlmann and within touch of back to back wins until the final jump fell, leaving Kukuk and his mount Nice Van’t Zorgvliet (Emerald x Heartbreaker) into 5th, with a time of 33.98 seconds.

Expertly navigating Uliano Vezzani’s final challenge for the weekend was Nina Mallevaey of France aboard her impressive 10-year-old stallion, Cartier SR (Canturenter x San Patrignano Cassini), resulting in a fourth place finish for the young duo.

Rounding out the jump-off pairings and sliding into sixth place was Irishman Mark McAuley aboard his GRS Lady Amaro (Amaretto Darco x unknown), who collected four faults at the roll back. With a time of 36.35 seconds, leaving the one pole standing would have had the duo in fourth place.

The Longines Global Champions Tour now looks to its penultimate stage New York (USA) onto the impressive Governor's Island from 23 - 25 September for the 14th leg of the 2022 race, where it's a battle between Ben Maher and Christian Ahlman on who will be crowned the 2022 Champion of Champions as the race reaches fever pitch.



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