Hagen, Germany – April 22, 2022 – He has already ridden Nations Cups, won Grand Prixs but it was the most important victory of Patrick Stühlmeyer‘s (GER) career took place on Friday. “I would describe this as the greatest success of my career”, says the German. Almost exactly 365 days after collecting the first points in the Bemer Riders Tour at Horses & Dreams, the 31-year-old show jumper from Steinfeld/ Mühlen finished the show jumping series as the overall winner for the first time and was extensively celebrated with a champagne shower.
The merry splashing was the end of a final stage that was not lacking in drama, because behind the sovereign overall winner, the ranking in the sixth and thus final special stage was really mixed up. Third-placed Frederic Tillmann (Grevenbroich) missed the second round due to a jumping error, as did second-placed Angelique Rüsen (GER), who even gave up. Wolfgang Puschak (Bonstetten), fourth in the ranking, also missed out on the second round. And the overall winner himself was placed thanks to a time error with Carmina, but not in the second round. Nevertheless, Stühlmeyer was pleased that the mare gave him a round worth seeing and without any jumping errors.
Forced to Watch…
Stühlmeyer’s pursuers had to wait and see what the competition was doing on the course. And indeed, the Belgian Dominique Hendrickx (BEL), who had already won the fifth stage of the Bemer Riders Tour in September 2021, managed to get past Rüsen. Hendrickx finished second with Koriano van Klapscheut behind the beaming winner of the final stage, team Olympic champion Henrik von Eckermann (Sweden) with Glamor Girl. Behind the Swede and the Belgian followed Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (Pinneberg) with Messi van’t Ruytershof in third place in this sixth and final special stage of the 2021 tour season.
Thanks to the Boss
“I scored points with four different horses in the stages and they all belong to my boss Paul Schockemöhle. I just want to say thank you for making me ride so well,” remarked Stühlmeyer, who grew up in the Osnabrück region, with a smile. The boss is also the initiator and shareholder of the Riders Tour, which has now celebrated its 20th finale since 2021. There will no doubt be an agreement as to who will drive the brand new Land Rover in the future – the reward for the overall winner of the Bemer Riders Tour. Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) and Angelique Rüsen (GER) also happily cruised around the jumping arena in their new luxury brand vehicles and Rüsen remarked with a wink: “I like it, the others are much too big for me anyway…”
“It was right and important for the sport that we started the tour again last year despite the uncertain pandemic situation,” emphasized Paul Schockemöhle and also agreed on this point with Bernhard Bock (Head of Marketing at BEMER Int. AG) fully agree. “We initiated and developed so many things together,” says Bernhard Bock, who also pointed out the increasing internationalization. The BEMER Riders Tour 2022/23 leads to eight stations and then also to Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.
Bemer Riders Tour Standings – Points after Six Stages
1) Patrick Stühlmeyer (GER) – 54
2) Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) – 37
3) Angelique Rusen (GER) – 33
4) Janne Friederike Meyer Zimmermann (GER) – 32
5) Frederic Tillman (GER) – 31
6) Simone Blum (GER) – 38
7) Maximilian Weishaupt (GER) – 22
8) Wolfgang Puschak (GER) – 21
9) Maurice Tebbel (GER) – 20
9) Richard Vogel (GER) – 20
Source: Press Release from the Bemer Riders Tour
Photo: © Bemer Riders Tour / Stefan Lafrentz Pferdefotografie