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AHLMANN MAKES IT A DOUBLE AT HELSINKI
Germany's Christian Ahlmann and the stallion Taloubet Z made it two-in-a-row when storming to victory in the second leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series at Helsinki, Finland this afternoon. "I'm very lucky to have such a quick horse" said the 35 year old rider who, having already taken the main honours in the opening leg at Oslo, Norway a week ago, has now accumulated 40 points and is well on the road to the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final on his home turf in Leipzig, Germany next April.
From a starting field of 39 there were 11 into the jump-off today, and Ahlmann set the pace at the halfway stage and simply could not be caught. Further reinforcing the strength of the German challenge, it was fellow-countryman Philipp Weishaupt who slotted into runner-up spot with Catoki while Holland's Leon Thijssen and Tyson finished third. The Dutch duo look set to make a big impression on this indoor jumping season as the 10 year old stallion, who finished fifth a week ago, was again one of the real eye-catchers of the competition.
1, Taloubet Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER 0/0 34.56 ; 2, Catoki (Philipp Weishaupt) GER 0/0 35.13; 3, Tyson (Leon Thijssen) NED 0/0 35.40; 4, Mister Davier (Julien Epaillard) FRA 0/4 34.79; 5, H&M Tornesch (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) SWE 0/4 35.32; 6, Eurocommerce Seoul (Wout-Jan Van der Schans) NED 0/4 35.83; 7, Talent (Nina Fagerstrom) FIN 0/4 35.87; 8, Nobless M (Pius Schwizer) SUI 0/4 36.46; 9, Banda de Hus (Kevin Staut) FRA 0/4 36.51; 10, Levito (Lars Nieberg) GER 0/4 37.57; 11, Hello Pierville (Susana Epaillard) ESP 0/15 51.58.
Full Results at http://www.scg-nl.nl/
Facts and Figures:
Course designer at Helsinki was Finland's Aki Ylanne
Riders from a total of 14 nations competed in today's leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series at Helsinki
11 qualified for the second-round jump-off including husband and wife Susana Epaillard who competes for Spain and Julien Epaillard who rides for France.
This was the second consecutive victory for Germany's Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z who also won the first leg in Oslo, Norway, seven days ago.
The bogey obstacle on the 13-fence track was the middle element of the penultimate triple combination at fence 12.
A total of 39 horse-and-rider partnerships started the competition.
1 rider was eliminated for a fall - Belgium's Niels Bruynseels whose horse, Nasa, ducked out at the vertical at fence six.
3 riders retired - Great Britain's William Funnell after his horse, Billy Congo, got into trouble at the middle element of the triple combination, Denmark's Thomas Velin after his horse, Godsend du Reverdy, had two fences down and Holland's Eric Van der Vleuten who didn't present his horse VDL Groep Kaid to the second element of the triple combination.
Today's competition was the 197th appearance in an FEI World Cup™ qualifier for German ace Ludger Beerbaum.
Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2010/2011 Western European League - Standings After Round 2 at Helsinki (FIN):
1. Christian Ahlmann GER - 40
2. Leon Thijssen NED - 27
3. Philipp Weishaupt GER - 24
4. Malin Baryard-Johnsson - 23
5. Lars Nieberg GER - 22
6. Kevin Staut FRA - 21
7. Julien Epaillard FRA - 18
8. Ludger Beerbaum GER - 17
9. Ludo Philippaerts BEL - 15
10. Marco Kutscher GER - 13
10. Nina Fagerstrom FIN - 13
12. Wout-Jan Van der Schans NED - 11
13. Jessica Kuerten IRL - 10
14. Pius Schwizer SUI - 9
15. Edwina Alexander AUS - 7
16. Susana Epaillard ESP - 6
17. Daniel Deusser GER - 4
18. Alexander Zetterman SWE - 3
19. Shane Breen IRL - 2
20. Nina Braaten NOR - 1
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