Der deutsche vierfache Olympiasieger Ludger Beerbaum gewinnt den mit 300.000 € dotierten Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg, mit seinem neuen Pferd Casello 2 .
Ludger Beerbaum “ Es ist etwas sehr sehr besonderes hier in Deutschland zu gewinnen, glauben Sie Mir. Die Atmosphäre ist unglaublich hier in der Hamburger Derby Arena. Ich bin überglücklich, es ist wunderschön dieses mit meinem neuen Pferd -
Insgesamt war die erste Runde ok, das Pferd ist gut gesprungen -
Ich sehe auch wie sich der Sport entwickelt, und es ist für Mich unglaublich an dieser tollen Entwicklung in den letzten 10 Jahren teilhaben zu können. Ganz besonderer Dank gilt der Global Champions Tour, die ein Meilenstein für die Entwicklung des Springreiten und den Sport bedeutet. Die Kombination von gesundem Wettkampf und anderen Shows ist grossartig. Ich wünschte nur Ich wäre 10 Jahre jünger !"
It was a fairytale ending to a stunning weekend of top sport in Germany, as four-
"It is very very special to win [in Germany], and if I could have a wish from the 15 legs, it would be to win here. Everyone has experienced today the atmosphere -
It was standing room only for the big €300,000 Grand Prix class with a worldwide TV and online audience watching Ludger beat off heavyweight competition from a stellar international field. With the sport enjoying a boom globally Ludger commented: "If I see the sport from [when I started] to today, it’s unbelievable for myself to have the opportunity to experience this development in the last ten years. I really also have to say thanks to the Global Champions Tour which was a milestone in the development of our sport. I wish I was 10 years younger!"
Christian Alhmann (GER) now leads the LGCT Rankings on 161 points overall, with 2nd place man Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) on 96 points. World Number 1 Simon Delestre (FRA) has jumped up to 3rd with 95 points overall.
It was full house at the great Derby arena as tens of thousands of fans watched as the first round unfolded, with the passionate crowd cheering and gasping as world class action got underway with a 50 strong field. The young Belgian star Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) led the way with an impressive performance in the early stage of the 1.60m Grand Prix. Riding his beautiful grey Zilverstar T, Nicola delivered a quick and careful round across the expansive grass arena, while fans packed the grandstands and grassy banks in the picturesque setting. Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Lilli delivered a polished round to progress to round two, and Brazil’s Marlon Módolo Zanotelli with the mighty Cash del Mar Z also jumped beautifully to secure their spot in the next round of the Grand Prix.
The last couple of fences caused a lot of damage, with the double of verticals posing a challenge to the top riders such as Pius Schwizer (SUI) and Leonard de la Ferme CH, who missed out on the second round after rolling the poles. Rolf-
Christian Alhmann (GER) delivered an immaculate round with stallion Codex One, much to the delight of the crowd who cheered passionately for the home rider. He was joined by compatriots Ludger Beerbaum (GER) who delivered a masterful round with the chestnut, Casello 2, Marcus Ehning (GER) with Pret a Tout, Daniel Deusser (GER) with First Class van Eeckelghem and young star Andreas Kreuzer (GER) with Calvilot who showed serious talent in the expansive grass arena. Also through were World Number 1 Simon Delestre with the Grand Prix winning horse Qlassic Bois Margot, Bertram Allen (IRL) with Molly Malone V, Lauren Hough (USA) with Cornet 39, Daniel Bluman (COL) with Sancha LS, Harrie Smolders (NED) with Don VHP Z, and Laura Kraut (USA) with Zeremonie.
The second course was carefully planned, pushing the riders to think about striding and their plan of attack. First to go clear was Denis Lynch (IRL) with All Star 5, however their earlier time fault meant they would not progress to the jump-
Eight went through to the jump-
Marcus Ehning (GER) with Pret a Tout were incredibly fast with a time of 34.72s, but a tight turn to a vertical with the chestnut horse unfolding a touch too early cost them a fence, but earning them 4th place overall. Ranking leader Christian had one down with Codex One, putting them in 5th, but it was compatriot Ludger Beerbaum who stole the show, turning tightly and galloping across the course to meet the line in an impressive 34.81s.
The Tour now looks to leg six and Madrid, for the next round of action on the incredible 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour season.
Jan Tops, Founder and President of the Longines Global Champions Tour: “If you want to be in Germany -
Volker Wulff, Show Organiser Jumping Hamburg: “Today was another really great day today. We had 13 hours of sunshine, and it was the first time we were sold out on Saturday. It was amazing sport and a lot of people who have been here today will definitely come back next year; they’ll tell some neighbours so it might be too small here for the next year!”
Ludger Beerbaum, LGCT Grand Prix of Hamburg Gold Medallist: “I could not be more pleased. It’s really nice to achieve this today with this horse -
“It is very very special to win [in Germany], and if I could have a wish from the 15 legs, it would be to win here. Everyone has experienced today the atmosphere -
Harrie Smolders, LGCT Grand Prix of Hamburg Silver Medallist: “With eight in the jump-
Daniel Bluman, LGCT Grand Prix of Hamburg Bronze Medallist: “It’s been for many years that I’ve watched the Tour from home on the computer, watching the greatest riders compete. It’s the first year that I get to do it, thanks to the Global Champions League, that allowed me to be part of the Monaco Aces. I’m delighted to be jumping three very good rounds with my Olympic hopeful for this year and sitting beside Ludger, who I’ve been looking up to since I was a little kid, and next to Harrie who is having an amazing time and has come from a second place finish in the World Cup Finals -
Christian Ahlmann, LGCT Ranking Leader: “On paper it looks good -
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