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Lopez Lizarazo with Friday's biggest win in Leipzig

Friday, 19 January 2018
CSI5*-W Leipzig 2018

Photo (c) Sportfotos Stefan Lafrentz / Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo and Admara 2 en route to victory in Leipzig. Photo (c) Sportfotos Stefan Lafrentz /

Friday's main class at the CSI5*-W event in Leipzig, Germany, and the first qualifier for Sunday's Longines FEI World Cup Jumping, was a 1.50m against the clock. With a total of 84,350 Euros in prize money on offer, and 47 of the very best horse-and-rider combinations in the world lining up for the challenge, the class offered some true entertainment until the very end. 

Doing the seemingly impossible, it was Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo (COL) on the 13-year-old gelding Admara 2 (Padinus x Murano) that took home the win – after clocking an unbelievable time of 60,64 seconds and pushing the man of the moment, Harrie Smolders (NED) on the 14-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan), into second place. With Smolders recording a time of 61,95 seconds and third placed Simon Delestre (FRA) on the 13-year-old stallion Chadino (Chacco Blue x Narew XX) crossing the finish line in 61,98 seconds, the evening was all about small margins. Christian Ahlmann (GER) on the 13-year-old mare Ailina (Chico's Boy x Cowondo Z) took the fourth place with a time of 62,40 seconds and the young talent Stephanie Holmén (SWE) on the 12-year-old mare Flip's Little Sparrow (Cardento x Robin Z) took an impressive fifth spot in very good company, with a time of 62,98. 

Earlier during the day, the 52,181 Euro IDEE Kaffee-Preis, a 1.45m competition against the clock, went to Francois Mathy Jr. (BEL) on the 13-year-old stallion Falco van de Clehoeve (Quickfeuer van Koekshof x Fellini), after the pair stopped the clocks at 52,82 seconds.

Martin Fuchs (SUI) on the 9-year-old mare Dubai du Bois Pinchet (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo) took the runner-up position with a time of 54,25 seconds and the third spot went to Felix Hassmann (GER) on the 13-year-old gelding SL Brazonado (SI Baluarte x Silvestre) with a time of 54,59. Daniel Deusser (GER) on the 11-year-old gelding SX Hidalgo V (Quadrillo x Andiamo) took the fourth place with a time of 54,61, and the fifth spot went to Reed Kessler (USA) on the 13-year-old mare KS Stakki (Stakkato Gold x Silvio I), after the pair clocked a time of 54,72. 

Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Sportfotos Stefan Lafrentz /

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