Münster, Germany – August 26, 2018 – Christian Ahlmann (GER) won the fourth stage of the DKB-Riders Tour during the Turnier der Sieger yesterday . Just like in the state capital Wiesbaden in Hessen, the 43-year-old rider won the €120,000 Grand Prix of Münster CSI 4* aboard the stallion Clintrexo Z.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z
The German and the 9-year-old grey Zangersheide stallion (Clintissimo Z x Rex Z) were victorious in the 1.60m two-round challenge by leaving all the poles up for no penalties in both of their performances, stopping the timers in 38.30 seconds for the victory. Ahlmann (GER) earned 20 points valid for the DKB Riders Tour standings and increase his overall lead, besides getting a brand new BMW convertible with 300 hp from Hakvoort.
The victor was enthusiastically celebrated by spectators on the crowded grandstands. Runner-up Marcus Ehning (GER), who led the class much of the way after a brilliant performance aboard Funky Fred (For Pleasure x Pilot), took it easy even after being nipped by his fellow countryman. “Christian has swept me off in the past more often, I have to live with it sometimes,” said Ehning with a wink.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z during the awards ceremony
Both riders had high praises for their horses. The nine-year-old Clintrexo Z increases with each task. “Today here in the jump-off, that was certainly faster and more difficult than, for example, in Berlin and he really did it very well, “says Ahlmann. “Funky Fred is always in the shadow of Comme il Faut and Pret-a-Tout. He’s our own, I’ve already ridden Mama and Dad, and Funky is a horse of unbelievably good character, if you need him the way he is today – he’s there, “emphasized Ehning.
Third place went to Philipp Weishaupt (GER) and Asathir (Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge). The Selle Francais mare actually belongs to Saudi Kamal Bahamdan and is ridernby Weishaupt. “If I can ride here, then we’re always very successful,” Weishaupt points out, “I lost a little bit of time today after stumbling on the second line, but I am very satisfied.”
Results – DKB-Riders Tour – BMW Hakvoort Trophy
1. Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z – 0 / 38.30
2. Marcus Ehning (GER) & Funky Fred – 0 / 38.80
3. Philipp Weishaupt (GER) & Asathir – 0 / 39.85
4. Lars Nieberg (GER) – Foster – 0 / 41.53
5. Marc Houtzager (NED) & Sterrehof`s Baccarat – 0/ 42.66
6. Paul Estermann (SUI) & Curtis Sitte – 0 / 43.53
For full results, click here.
Source: Press Release by DKB Riders Tour
Photos: © Turnier der Sieger / DKB Riders Tour / Stefan Lafrentz
Categories: CSI 4*