European Champions Andre Thieme & DSP Chakaria Top €85,000 Grand Prix of MVV CSIO 3* at Mannheim

Mannheim, Germany – May 10, 2022 – European Champion André Thieme (GER) and DSP Chakaria were the winners of the €85,000 The Badenia – Grand Prix of the MVV CSIO 3*” at the end of the Maimarkt Turnier in Mannheim. The 47-year-old from Plau am See won the final highlight of the 58th championship in a thrilling jump-off amongst five combinations. Again without a drop, the German and the 12-year-old chestnut German Sport Horse mare (Chap 47 x Askari 173) crossed the finish line in 37.44 seconds – too fast for the other four participants. There was prize money of 21,250 euros and valuable points for the Longines world rankings. “Even in the far north, the Badenia is a household name and I really wanted to win it! This is only my second time in Mannheim and I’ve already made it!”

Jörne Sprehe (GER) came second with her Dutch mare Hot Easy (0/39.17) ahead of the Austrian Julia Houtzager-Kayser (AUT) and her ten-year-old KWPN mare High Five. The Baden-Württemberger Timo Beck (GER) (Pforzheimer Reiterverein) also left all the poles up in the jump-off on his mare Mirabel v. Oudevelhoeve, however, 40.49 seconds. “Old master” René Tebbel (UKR), who starts for the Ukraine, delivered the second fastest time after Thieme (38.35), but his eleven-year-old gelding Good Morning B brought a pole down at the last obstacle.

“I appreciate and celebrate the moment,” beamed André Thieme (GER) at the press conference. And he said about his 12-year-old mare DSP Chakaria: “I am blessed with this horse.” As the 43rd starter, he had enough time to observe his opponents, secretly “I was hoping for a few zeros.” He was enthusiastic about how things went in the “first round”. He himself then almost made a time error. “When I then heard that René Tebbel also made no mistakes, I got a bit scared. Tebbel is an old master who can do it,” reported the winner. “But I also knew that my horse is fast. In the end, I managed quite a lot.”

Paul Hofmann was delighted with the 25 years of successful partnership between the Mannheim rider club and MVV Energie AG. “Together we have made a lasting improvement to the tournament and brought it to where we are now. We have continued to develop the Mannheim Maimarkt Tournament to a top level.”

This was confirmed by Dr. Hansjörg Roll, Chief Technology Officer at MVV Energie AG: “I am delighted that the Maimarkt was able to take place again and that the tournament was held in front of an audience. I would like to thank Peter Hofmann for his tireless commitment. He made the tournament big. We can only win as a team.”

City Councilor Helen Heberer, Mannheim’s Lord Mayor Dr. Peter Kurz represented, said: “Top sport in Mannheim – Mannheim can congratulate itself on being able to host such tournaments that carry the name of the city out into the world. We are proud of the Maimarkt tournament as a magnet for equestrian sports.”

Course designer Christa Jung will be on the course for almost 40 years: “Mannheim is my place. There are always a lot of considerations in a Grand Prix.” She was already nervous today. “But 16 four-fault rides show that it worked.” She had set a 510-meter-long course that included 13 obstacles with 16 jumps, after all, the Badenia – Grand Prix of MVV CSIO 3* was also a qualification for the World Championships in Denmark Herning in August and the European Championships in Milan next year.

Final Results – €85,000 Grand Prix of MVV CSIO 3*

1) Andre Thieme (GER) & DSP Chakaria – 0 / 0 – 37.44

2) Jörne Sprehe (GER) & Hot Easy – 0 / 0 – 39.17

3) Julia Houtzager-Kayser (AUT) & High Five – 0 / 0 – 40.20

Source: Press Release from Maimarkt Turnier – Mannheim

Photo: © Maimart Turnier / Yadel Mohler