h. via Lowen Classics
Christian Ahlmann of Germany continued to prove that he is red hot over the weekend, picking up two wins at the Lowen Classics Braunschweig CSI4* in Germany.
The leader in the Longines FEI Western European League World Cup Qualifying standings, who has been on a tear as of late with extremely strong form, took what could be considered his second-string horse to this four-star on his home turf and handedly picked up ranking points, prize money and even a car.
After winning the single-round VEOLIA Championat CSI4* on Saturday, with Colorit, Ahlmann returned for Sunday’s Grand Prix Volkswagon CSI4* with the 13-year-old Wurtenberger gelding (Coriano x MV Capitol I).
Seven of 37 pairs returned for the jumpoff, with six making it a double clear day. Willem Greve of Holland picked up the lead with Carombole in 36.68 seconds, and was then set to nervously wait and see if anyone could catch him. Ahlmann and Colorit entered the arena last in the jumpoff and delivered a clear round in 36.14 seconds to a roar of applause. Ahlmann won a new Volkswagon along with a prize money check of €14,920.00.
“Yesterday, the time factor was crucial,” Ahlmann commented. “Today, the challenges were the larger, more difficult jumps, however the course was not unfair. The course designer built the track very well, with seven clear rounds.
Peder Fredericson of Sweden placed 3rd with H&M All In, with Marc Houtzager and Marco Kutscher rounding out the top five.
See full results of the Volkswagon Grand Prix at this link.