Taloubet Z, the star
Talubet Z carried Christian Ahlmann to a fabulous victory in the day of his retirement
The retirement of the 18-year-old super stallion was announced months ago and the commemoration of his retreat could not have gone better than that: Taloubet Z finished his amazing career winning, as a real star as he is, his last FEI World Cup Grand Prix in his own country, in Leipzig, last Sunday.
With his lifetime rider, and above all his friend, Christian Ahlman, Taloubet galloped and jumped to the victory in his usual brilliant style showing once again to all the enthusiastic and acclaiming audience the reasons of his succeful career at a show where they enjoyed so many successes over the years.
An unforgottable and fabulous moment in the lives of Christian, Judy-Ann and all their family and team.
Christian’s voice kept breaking when he tried to talk about the horse that was such an extraordinary winner, and that carried him to four World Cup Finals, who claimed the FEI World Cup™ Jumping title at this very same venue in 2011 and who was so tough that he was still capable of claiming team bronze and individual ninth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as many beautiful victories on the most prestigious show jumping events.
“I really didn’t want to mess it up for him! This was just a normal World Cup, like we have every week. But it was very special because it was the last class for Taloubet, and we took the risk to jump him so he could say goodbye, here where everyone knows him, and leave the sport in great shape. So to have a good result and to finish with a proper round like that under pressure, it makes me so happy! It’s the greatest day of my life for sure, not for the points or for the money, it’s much more than that. It’s because this great horse who still has all this power even at this age is ending his career in a great way, with a great win!” he said proudly.
The arena fell silent as Ahlmann and Taloubet set off on their final adventure together, but it exploded with sound when, turning to the last full of running and at a flat gallop, the German duo broke the beam two-tenths of a second quicker than Lopez for the win. Even the Colombian runner-up wasn’t disappointed - “today is all about Taloubet anyway” Lopez said. And with just three qualifiers still left to go, the next in Zurich (SUI) next Sunday, Ahlmann has now qualified for the FEI World Cup Jumping 2018 Final in Paris in April. (source Louise Parques FEI.org)
Taloubet will spend his deserved retirement and relaxation in the Zangersheide's fields and will be one of the presitigious stallions of Zangersheide Studbook.
Thanks a lot Taloubet for all the emotions that you have given us in these years!