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Two-in-a-row: Simone Blum and DSP Alice win the Mercedes German Masters

Saturday, 18 November 2017
CSI5*-W Stuttgart German Masters 2017

Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.
Simone Blum and DSP Alice won again in Stuttgart. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

The 115,000 Euro Mercedes German Masters, a 1.55m class with a jump-off, was Friday night’s highlight in Stuttgart. Only the twelve best horse-and-rider combinations from previous classes had qualified and seven pairs cleared the first round, joining the jump-off.

Using a spectator judging tool, the audience got to share their say on how many riders they thought would join the jump-off, which fence would cause most trouble and who would win. When it came to the winner, the fully packed Porsche Arena was totally right – 34 percent voted for Simone Blum (GER), and she did not dissapoint. Riding the 10-year-old mare DSP Alice (Askari x Landrebell), Blum clocked the winning time of 33,64 seconds in the jump-off securing the pair's second victory in just as many days. 

Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) on the 15-year-old gelding Cantinero (Cento x Cash) had to settle for the runner-up position with a time of 35,24 seconds, while Marcus Ehning (GER) on the 11-year-old mare Cristy (Canturo x Landlord) took the third spot with a time of 35,48 seconds. Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) on the 9-year-old stallion Urano de Cartigny (Diamant de Semilly x Double Espoir) placed fourth and Jur Vrieling (NED) on the 8-year-old gelding Quality FZ (Quintender x Eurocommerce Berlin) took the fifth spot.

Earlier in the day the Prize of Easy-Ticket-Service, a 1.50m Longines Ranking class, went to Jur Vrieling (NED) on Zypern III (Casall x Coriano) with a time of 58,98 seconds. Michael Jung (GER) on fischerSolution (Carthino Z) placed second with a time of 59,22 and Robert Whitaker (GBR) on Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) took the third spot with a time of 59,24. Maurice Tebbel (GER) on Chacco’s Son (Chacco Blue x Lander III) placed fourth and the fifth spot went to Marcus Ehning (GER) on Pret A Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy).

The first five-star class of the day, the 1.45m Prize of Raumpflege AG went to Pedro Veniss (BRA). Riding Anaya Ste Hermelle (Andiamo x Paladin Des Ifs), Veniss clocked the winning time of 59,34 seconds. Michael Jung (GER) on fischerChelsea (Check In x Argent) took the second place with a time of 59,40 seconds, while Peder Fredricson (SWE) on Clarence (Clinton x Lancer III) placed third and Bertram Allen (IRL) on It’s Me (Cicero Z x Poor Boy) fourth. The fifth spot went to Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) on Savita (Stakkato Gold x Centesimo I). 

Text and picture © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen 

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