Christian Ahlmann wins in Madrid

This is Ahlmann’s second Western European League victory in a week. He also came out on top last Sunday in Stuttgart with Codex One.

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The sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League took place at Madrid Horse Week in Spain on Sunday 29th November.
Just seven days after coming out on top on home turf in Stuttgart, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann made it a back-to-back double with victory in Grand Prix FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Madrid. Last weekend he partnered Codex One, but this time around it was his old friend, the 15-year-old stallion Taloubet Z, who carried him to success, and the 40-year-old rider couldn’t help but feel emotional in the aftermath. With the stallion Taloubet Z Ahlmann has recorded many of his greatest successes including victory at the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Leipzig (GER) four years ago, and more recently team silver at the FEI European Championships 2015 in Aachen. Together they claimed runner-up spot at the third leg of the Longines Western European League in Lyon (FRA) earlier this month.
“My horses are going so well at the moment, it’s amazing - we’ve had some very, very hard days not so long ago, but now we are having some very nice days, and Taloubet was jumping fantastic this afternoon. He’s always a very good horse, but today felt special because I was thinking and hoping that Mr Melchior was looking down and watching him win, and that he would be feeling proud once again!” he said. He was of course referring to the late master of the world-famous Zangersheide Stud and the father of his partner Judy-Ann, Leon Melchior who passed away just a few short weeks ago.
Only five horse-and-rider combinations made it through to the jump-off against the clock today, and runners-up were the pair who won the Madrid leg of the series 12 months ago, Colombia’s Carlos Lopez and Prince de la Mare. Belgium’s Pieter Devos lined up third with Dream of India Greenfield while Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann finished fourth with Cantinero ahead of Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Chaccorina in fifth spot. Madrid’s result has rocketed Ahlmann up to the top of the Western European League table with a massive 57 points and a firm qualifying place for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden next March. French riders Simon Delestre and Penelope Leprevost now lie second and third while Henrik von Eckermann is in fourth going into the seventh leg of the series which will take place at the hugely popular Christmas show at Olympia in London (GBR) on 20 December.
The next leg of the series will take place at Olympia, London (GBR) on 20 December 2015.
Very good results in the Grand Prix for italians riders Piergiorgio Bucci with Casallo Z, 9° place, and Luca Moneta and Connery, 10° place.
​Italian rider Luca Moneta had a super week end in Madrid: with his top horse Neptune Brecourt won the 6 bars and with Bonheur won the 145 against the clock. In addition he obtain other important results.

Grand Prix result:
1 - Taloubet Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER 0/0 40.98;
2 - Prince de la Mare (Carlos Lopez) COL 0/0 41.37;
3 - Dream of India Greenfield (Pieter Devos) BEL 0/4 41.12;
4 - Cantinero (Henrik von Eckermann) SWE 0/4 43.21;
5 - Chaccorina (Marco Kutscher) GER 0/4 45.32;
6 - Bintang ll (Laura Renwick) GBR 4/56.03;
7 - Vienna Olympic (Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani) QAT 4/56.85;
8 - First Class van Eeckelghem (Daniel Deusser) GER 4/57.19
9 - Casallo Z (Piergiorgio Bucci) ITA 4/57.22;
10 - Connery (Luca Maria Moneta) ITA 4/57.48.
source photo FEI catalogue