Mexico City, Mexico – April 29, 2022 – An exciting afternoon of showjumping took place last Friday during Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico CSI 5* & 2*. Friday’s main attraction was the €95,200 Mercedes Benz Trophy CSI 5*. A total of 45 combinations participated in the very demanding speed challenge, featuring 1.55m obstacles spread over 12 obstacles and 15 efforts.
Sixteen pairs managed to complete their rounds without having any penalties attributed to them. In the end, it was Jur Vrieling (NED) who prevailed, The 2012 London Olympic Games silver medalist was flawless aboard Fiumicino van de Kalevallei (Plot Blue x Nabab de Reve), putting on a display of both daring speed and great equestrian skills to win in 69.38 seconds.
A testament of high-level ocompetition, olympic medallists claimed the top three positions on the podium. In fact, the individual gold medal winner at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ben Maher (GBR) teamed up with Faltic HB (Baltic VDL x Concorde) for reserve honors, being only six-tenths of a second off the winning mark.
The third spot on the podium was secured by two-time Olympic medalist, Christian Ahlmann (GER) on Mandato van de Neerheide (Emerald x Pommeau du Heup). The duo registered a clean performance in 72.66 seconds.
Final Results – €95,200 Mercedes- Benz Trophy CSI 5*
1) Jur Vrieling (NED) & Fiumicino van de Kalevallei – 0 / 69.38
2) Ben Maher (GBR) & Faltic HB – 0 / 69.98
3) Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Mandato van de Neerheide – 0 / 72.66
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Photo: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso