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The 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final in images | Part two

Sunday, 27 March 2016
2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final

The second round of the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final was one of the most exciting competitions we have witnessed in a very long time. In the end, Germany's Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z - 2011 World Cup Champions - supremely won the class. The victory gave Ahlmann, who had a disappointing start to the final, a huge boost on the overall standings and he now sits 10th with eight World Cup penalties. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Callan Solem and VDL Wizzard. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
USA's Callan Solem and VDL Wizzard delivered another good round, and were unlucky to have the middle element of the triple combination down. Solem now sits 6th overall with five penalties.

Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amor. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Another pair who was unlucky in the triple combination was 2014 World Cup Champions Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amor. The two had the a-element down to finish on four faults, and now sit third overall on three penalties.

Chris Chugg and Cristalline. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The Wizzard of the Aussies: Chris Chugg delivered yet another incredible round on the only 8-year-old mare Cristalline, with just a single pole falling on the oxer at thirteen which proved to be one of the jokers of the class.

Denis Lynch and All Star 5. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Denis Lynch and All Star 5 did two clear rounds, and ended second. The Irish rider now sits 10th overall heading towards Monday with a score of eight penalties.

The sole home rider in the final is Henrik von Eckermann on Giljandro van den Bosrand. Henrik also had a pole on the oxer at thirteen down, and finds himself 13th on the overall ranking.

Harrie Smolders and Emerald N.O.P. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Emerald N.O.P. jumped incredible, so much infact that he almost unseated his rider Harrie Smolders at one point. But the two kept it together with some fantastic riding from Smolders, and finished off third in the class. The Dutch rider is now in third position, only three penalties behind the leader Steve Guerdat.

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
It was not Katie Dinan's day. Nougat du Vallet just went too high, and after a bit of trouble and two stops the American pair was eliminated.

For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC and Kevin Staut. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Kevin Staut's For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC made a weird mistake, just like the day before, and put his legs into the middle of an oxer to kick out the front pole and then also had a pole on the oxer at thirteen - like many of the others.

Chaccorina and Marco Kutscher. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
The 10-year-old Chacco Blue-daughter Chaccorina showed off her talent to go clear in the first round with Germany's Marco Kutscher in the saddle. In the jump-off they had two down, to end 6th. Kutscher sits 9th overall with a score of six penalties.

Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW produced a beautiful first clear round, but the German rider also had to see two poles fall in the jump-off ending 5th. Nevertheless, Ehning is only two penalty points behind leader Steve Guerdat as he sits second overall. Can he become historical on Monday and claim the title for a fourth time?

Steve Guerdat and Corbinian. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Wowsers! What a round reigning World Cup Champion Steve Guerdat delivered on Corbinian! The two went clear in the first round, and were maximum unlucky to have the first fence down in the jump-off. “I am not that good in calculating, I was not that good in math in school – so I thought that if I did not mess it up completely I would take the overall lead if I did the jump-off – but I was not exactly sure. But at this point we are here for the sport and not for the mathematics," the Swiss rider laughed after.

Max Kühner and Chardonnay 79. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Austria's Max Kühner made a great comeback after a disappointing first round, and ended with a four fault score on the only 9-year-old Chardonnay 79 and finds himself 23rd overall.

Flexible and Rich Fellers. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
What a horse! The 20-year-old Flexible, 2012 World Cup Champion, jumped his socks off to only have one down (the back pole on the oxer at 11) with Rich Fellers in the saddle.

Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
US rider Peter Lutz did a fantastic job to go clear in the first round on Robin de Ponthual, finishing 7th after then having two down in the jump-off. The performance lifted Lutz to a 10th position overall.

Penelope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
That must have been hard to swallow... The winner from round one, Penelope Leprevost, made the decision to add an extra stride on the line to the final upright only to see that fall. And also fell on the overall standings; from the leading position to 6th overall with a penalty score of five faults.

Lacrimoso HDC and Patrice Delaveau. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Lacrimoso HDC did not seem too co-operative yesterday. First he took the planks down, and then he decided to run out at the side from the oxer at thirteen - giving his rider Patrice Delaveau a really hard time.

Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Forever D'Arco Ter Linden. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
It’s still looking good for Belgium’s Nicola Phillipaerts who sits in 5th position overall with just a pole in between him and the leader Steve Guerdat. Yesterday, Nicola and H&M Forever D’Arco Ter Linden had one rail down.

Niklas Krieg and Carella. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Niklas Krieg is one of the youngest riders in the final. Yesterday the difficult line with fence twelve and thirteen destroyed the hopes of a second clear round, and the German rider ended up on eight faults. Still, he is ready for tomorrow’s last part of the final.

Caretina de Joter and Edwina Tops-Alexander. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Caretina de Joter has jumped great with Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, and the two have just been very unlucky to have a fence down in each round. The now lay in 23rd position overall.

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