Christian Ahlmann and Caribis Z at the top
Winning the prestigious Gran Prix of Hong Kong, the grey stallion Caribis Z proved to be a top horse for Christian Ahlmann.
Christian Ahlmann and Caribis Z (Zang 2007, Caritano Z x Canabis Z) won the most-awaited Longines Grand Prix of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
The German rider passed Ludger Beerbaum on Casello and Max Kühner on Cornet Kalua, respectively ranked second and third, during this high level-showjumping competition.
The Longines Grand Prix is the climax of each stage of the Longines Masters, from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, through Paris. This high level competition allows the riders to compete for the bonus of the series, 2.25 millions euros for three consecutive victories in the same season or 1 million euros for three consecutive victories one season to the next.
Italy’s course designer Uliano Vezzani had put into his course of the Longines Grand Prix all the technicality and tricks only he is capable of. First round was tough, a level as we can expect from a 5* Grand Prix, with two decisional fences, two palanques, feared a lot by the riders and which indeed had helped to draw out the best.
Different from a traditional Grand Prix, the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong was going on with a 12-riders second round.
Christian Ahlmann himself was surprised by this victory over the more experienced pair: “It’s unexpected. Caribis Z is a very good horse, with great qualities, but he hadn’t jumped a lot of classed at this level”. Indeed, the grey stallion was considered to be a good second horse, but you can count on the German champion expertise to make the best out of his horse when needed.
That’s what Ludger Beerbaum, who came in second in this Grand Prix, wanted to point out : “I have a lot of respect for what Christian has done today. He made the trip with a inexperienced horse, perfectly knowing he wouldn’t be one of the favorites for the Longines Grand Prix.
But I think we can all agree on the fact the he rode with accuracy, perfection, at his best level and that he fully deserves this victory”. In third place is one other German, native, competing under the colors of Austria, Max Kühner Cornet Kalua.
Many thanks to Christian Ahlmann and Max Kühner and their horses for representing Animo and for giving us these great emotions!