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Home win for Solid Gold Z at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 7-year-old horses

Sunday, 16 September 2018
FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2018

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Solid Gold Z and Christian Ahlmann won the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 7-year-old horses. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle.

After taking the win in Friday's FEI Sires of the World, Christian Ahlmann (GER) brought yet another victory home to the hosts at Zangersheide when claiming gold in Sunday's FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for 7-year-old horses aboard the aptly named Solid Gold Z (Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z) that is bred by Gestüt Sprehe. 

A total of 39 horses had qualified in for Sunday's final set at 1.45m, which also counted for the Longines Ranking. Eleven moved on to the jump-off, where only three riders managed to repeat their clean sheets. Fastest of these three was Ahlmann and the Oldenburger stallion, who stopped the clock at 38.34 seconds. A little over a second behind followed Willem Greve (NED) and the KWPN stallion Grandorado TN (Eldorado vd Zeshoek x Carolus II) bred by M. Rietberg and D.J. Verhoeven, taking the silver medal. The bronze went to Gudrun Patteet (BEL) on Sea Coast Crystal de L'eau (Clapton x Capitol I), a Luxembourg-bred mare coming from Hof Ter Leeuwe's breeding. 

Ahlmann of course lives at the Zangersheide Stud venue in Lanaken so was enjoying himself: ”It is already special to win in front of your own family and friends, but doing that at home with your own stallion makes it something else, especially when you look at how tough this class is…I would definitely compare it to a CSI2* Grand Prix!” he said. 

“If you look at how many horses have been on stage here and afterwards confirmed in the big sport, then I think this World Championship is a very good indicator of a horse’s quality. It is true that Solid Gold Z has already had a very good season, but it still has to happen here at the right moment and at the right time..."

"On the first day there were 203 horses that participated in the 7-year-olds so it’s already quite an achievement to make it to the final. Before the jump-off I felt that Solid Gold Z was getting a bit tired, but his exceptional attitude and willpower ensures he never disappoints!" Christian Ahlmann said.


Text © World of Showjumping / Quotes press release from FEI

Photo © Tiffany Van Halle

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