German Olympic rider Christian Ahlmann (GER) had a pleasant surprise in €18,000 The Shelley Ashman International Shipping Ltd, E M Rogers (Transport) Ltd Snowflake Stakes CSI 5* when a horse that has only been jumping for a year carried him to victory in this speed class last Friday at Olympia – The London International Horse Show CSI 5*W in England.
Atomic Z, an 8-year-old bay Selle Français (Cumano x Chin Chin) who had been a breeding stallion until last year, lacks the ring experience of other horses, but showed just how quick a learner he is when his round was fast enough to beat Britain’s William Funnell (Billy Angelo) by over two seconds. The duo completed the 1.45m course flawlessly in 45.77 seconds.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Atomic Z
“It wasn’t planned at all,” said Ahlmann, “but when I went in he felt so good that I went a bit quicker, and then a bit quicker still, because he is very flexible.”
Funnel and Billy Angelo (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Kroongraaf) were the runners-up with no penalties in 47.72 seconds.
Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and Veronese Teamjoy (Toulon x Dollar Dela Pierre) rounded out the top three backed by a penalty-free performance in 48.52 seconds.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Atomic Z during the awards ceremony
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Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for Olympia – The London International Horse Show
Photos: © Horsepower / Kit Houghton
Categories: CSI 5*