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ROLEX FEI WORLD CUPTM - FIRST LEG OSLO, NORWAY
Oslo (Nor), 17 October 2010
Oslo in Norway is the venue for the exciting first leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Western European League Jumping series this Sunday, October 17.
This weekend’s line-up includes six of the top-ten riders on the Rolex World Rankings including No. 1 Kevin Staut from France, Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer (No. 3), Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum (No. 7) and Marco Kutscher (No. 8), Australia’s Edwina Alexander (No. 9) and Ireland’s Jessica Kuerten (No. 10). The riders are all keen to earn early points on the road to the series final which will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 27 April to 1 May 2011.
Marcus Ehning, a member of the German team that claimed gold in the Jumping Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, USA just over a week ago is the defending Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion.
Christian Ahlmann won the opening leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League series at Oslo in Norway this afternoon where German riders scooped the top three places. And Ahlmann's victory was all-the-more creditable for the fact that the 36 year old rider suffered the tragic loss of one of his top horses, the nine year old stallion Calvados Z, earlier in the day.
"For sure today it wasn't easy for me to ride and to concentrate on my job", Ahlmann said after completing his victory gallop with his 10 year old stallion Taloubet Z, "but Taloubet really did his very best for me." It was the German master, Ludger Beerbaum, who slotted into second place ahead of Lars Nieberg in third. The first non-German in the line-up was fourth-placed Frenchman Kevin Staut, who headed Holland's Leon Thijssen in fifth place.
Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2010/2011 Western European League - Standings After Round 1 at Oslo (NOR):
1. Christian Ahlmann GER - 20
2. Ludger Beerbaum GER - 17
3. Lars Nieberg GER - 15
4. Kevin Staut FRA - 13
5. Leon Thijssen NED - 12
6. Malin Baryard-Johnsson - 11
7. Ludo Philippaerts BEL - 10
8. Marco Kutscher GER - 9
9. Jessica Kuerten IRL - 8
10.Philipp Weishaupt GER - 7
11.Edwina Alexander AUS - 6
12.Julien Epaillard FRA - 5
13.Daniel Deusser GER - 4
14.Nina Fagerstrom FIN - 3
15.Shane Breen IRL - 2
16.Nina Braaten NOR - 1
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