For the second time since 2012, Christian Ahlmann won the coveted title of €50,000 Mercedes German Masters in Stuttgart, Germany. In the second most important competition of the 31st international Stuggart German Masters CSI5*, Ahlmann held the lead in the jump-off in 33.06 seconds aboard Colorit, winning a Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 Off Roader in Polar white worth about €60,000.
The 7,500 spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle were totally over the moon, as the double European champion, on the 12-year-old in Baden-Württemberg stallion (Coriano x Capitol) scored the fastest time. “The turns have worked out great today,” summed up the winner. “Old Master” John Whitaker of Great Britain, who has won the Mercedes German Masters four times himself (1988, 1989, 1992, 2001), finished just behind
Ahlmann in 2nd place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) in 34.57 seconds. “John is simply an exceptional rider,” Ahlmann said as he paid tribute to his 60-year-old competitor. Third place went to Alexander Hinz (Diepholz) in the saddle of the Oldenburg stallion Campitello.
Manfred Hommel, head of Mercedes-Benz dealership in Stuttgart, was extremely satisfied “about the sensational ride and outstanding atmosphere. A German champion, German product German brand!”
CSI5* jumping continues through the weekend at the German Masters, with the Longines World Cup Jumping Qualifier taking place on Sunday afternoon. For full results and start lists follow this link.