Doha, Qatar – February 27, 2021 – Christian Ahlmann (GER) on Dominator 2000 Z reigned supreme against the best of the best in the spectacular €410,000 Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by Longines in the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab.
The German and the 11-year-old black Zangersheide stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Cassini I) dazzled in Grand Prix run over two rounds + jump-off class, clocking 36.17 seconds without any penalty-points in the jump-off to claim top honors. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation, awarded Ahlmann the prestigious winner’s trophy.
Olivier Robert (FRA) and Vivaldi des Meneaux (Chippendale Z x Bamako) registered the second fastest clear performance in the tiebreaker, earning silver honors with a final time of 36.27 seconds.
A total of six combinations advanced to the decisive and all of them managed to have triple clear rounds. Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on Delux van T&L (Toulon x Landetto) secured the third spot on the podium backed by a time of 36.82 seconds.
Winner’s Circle – Christian Ahlmann (GER)
“I’m really happy and proud to be here at Al Shaqab, especially during these difficult times. Thanks to the Al Shaqab team for making this event happen. We all feel very safe here in Qatar. “I had a very good day in the Grand Prix. My horse jumped an amazing three rounds. It was a good performance and I hope I can keep up this form.”
Final Results – €410,000 Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by Longines
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / R1 Score / R2 Score / Jump-off Score / Timer
1) Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Dominator 2000 Z – 0 / 0 / 0 – 36.17
2) Olivier Robert (FRA) & Vivaldi des Meneaux – 0 / 0 / 0 – 36.27
3) Niels Bruynseels (BEL) & Delux van T&L – 0 / 0 / 0 – 36.82
Source: Press release by Ridwaan Bawa / Gema Advertising for Al Shaqab Events
Photos: © CHI Al Shaqab / Mario Grassia