The time has come and the Longines Pfingstturnier Wiesbaden CSI 4* is on today. Almost all defending champions from last year are there – in all three Olympic disciplines!
Defending Jumping Champion – Christian Ahlmann
Christian Ahlmann (GER) won the Grand Prix of the state capital with Clintrexo Z in2018. It was the first time that the four-time Olympian had led the honorary round of the Grand Prix in the Biebrich Palace Park. “I did not expect victory at all, but Clintrexo is an exceptional horse,” Ahlmann beamed after his victory. In 2019, the 44-year-old returns to Wiesbaden – he wast his title to be defended, but the competition is also scratching his hooves.
For example, the Beerbaum brothers, Markus and Ludger travel will compete there. Both know how to win at the Biebricher Schlosspark. Ludger Beerbaum (GER) won the Grand Prix 23 years ago, that was in 1996, also in 2002 and 2011. Markus Beerbaum was the winner of the Grand Prix in 1997. In 2017, Holger Wulschner (GER) led the lap of honor on the traditional jumping course, he also wants his title defended again in 2019.
On the list of German riders who have submitted their nomination for Wiesbaden, there are six names who have already won championship medals. In addition to Ahlmann and the Beerbaum brothers, Marco Kutscher (GER), Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (GER) and Michael Jung (GER), although he has so far conquered medals in his versatility. These six bring a total of 59 championship medals including Olympic medals in Wiesbaden’s course. Also from other nations strong riders compete: Luciana Diniz (POR), for example – who starts for Portugal and won the Grand Prix in Wiesbaden in 2012. Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) – the Dutch Olympic champion of 2000. Or the strong riders from Switzerland and Ireland like Pius Schwizer (SUI) and Billy Twomey (IRL). Certainly, many still remember the Olympic double gold 1996 by Ulrich Kirchhoff (GER). In 2019 he starts in Wiesbaden for the Ukraine. The Longines Grand Prix, Grand Prix of the State Capital of Wiesbaden CSI 4* – it certainly should not be an easy title defense for Christian Ahlmann.
Source: News release Longines PfingstTurnier
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