Well the very best of the best were brought together today in Geneva to battle it out for IJRC’s best title. The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final 2012 was fast and furious from start to finish!
So who was the best of the best…. well it was Germany’s very own Christian Ahlmann. “It’s the perfect end to a super season!”
Buzzzz at the show was that Christian will rank number one on the next Rolex Ranking list! Christian is currently ranked 3rd in the world, under Nick Skelton and Steve Guerdat. Christian has 2400 points at the moment, which is a far cry from Steve, who stands at number one spot with 2525 points. But we shall see, as the new Rolex Rankings list is due out soon.
The world’s leading lady rider Edwina Tops-Alexander landed in 2nd place. Edwina was riding the famous Itot du Chateau and the legendary duo were just fractions behind Christian in the second round. Former world numero uno Kevin Staut was also double clear, finishing third on Silvana HDC with a moderately slower time.
Christian and Taloubet Z made the course look easy… which was no easy feat. The first round track proved to be quite difficult, asking a lot of the horses and riders.
Roger-Yves Bost started things off Castle Forbes Myrtille Palouis, but evidence of the tracks difficulty was evident when the usually very fast French rider ended with a time penalty. It looked as though Rolf Lüdi’s course wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. Germany’s Marco Kutscher had the triple bar and the second element of the triple combination down with his big bay Gelding Cash.
France’s leading lady rider Penelope Leprevost was clear in the first round with the classic grey stallion Mylord Carthago. The girls’ represented well, with Edwina matching Penelope’s clear round on the little and lovable Cevo Itot du Chateau.
Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer was not so lucky, like Marco, having two down aboard his mare Verdi III. The pair recently had a great win in Lyon for the World Cup but it seemed today was a big ask of the 10 year old Dutch gelding.
Kevin was the second rider to jump clean for France. It seemed his long-time girlfriend, Penelope was able to pass on some key tips, for the world’s leading French rider made light work of the first round with his grey mare Silvana HDC.
Rolf-Goran Bengtsson’s Quintero La Silla looked a bit spooky and fresh, but Sweden’s world number one was able to handle his flighty steed and finish on a mere time fault.
Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Christian Ahlmann produced text book clears on their two impressive stallions; Copin van de Broy and Taloubet Z. Switzerland’s very own, Steve Guerdat, had a disappointing fault at the triple bar as well as a time fault on his grey mare Nasa.
Only three of the five riders clear in the first round managed a repeat the second time round. Christian, Edwina and Kevin were the only riders who were able to produce double clear rounds in today’s showdown.
Germany’s top ranking rider, produced a super fast second clear on his bay stallion Taloubet Z over the shortened track that consisted of nine fences. It was a classic Ahlmann effort, with super short turns and full gas all the way around. Christian and Taloubet Z stopped the clock at 43.57 seconds.
“Taloubet jumped a super round. I took some risks, but I had to with such fast riders coming after me” said Christian as he came out of the ring.
Edwina really left nothing behind but a race to the final fence was just not enough to catch Christian’s time. The famous Aussie stopped the clock just skimming in underneath the leading time at 43.91 seconds.
“I don’t know where I could have gone faster, I will have to watch my ride.”
A big congratulations to Christian, Edwina and Kevin who all rode truly fantastic today. What a super end to the 2012 IJRC season!!!