Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping - German Christian Ahlmann had no choice

Christian Ahlmann & Take A Chance On Me Z Christian Ahlmann & Take A Chance On Me Z Photos by ©Sportfot

Saturday is a big day at the Longines Global Champions Tour with both the second and final round of the team event for the Global Champions League, and the individual LGCT Grand Prix. The hero of the day in the individual LGCT Grand Prix was a German who is a regular on the podium himself, but whose horse had yet to jump a 5* Grand Prix prior to today. For 10-year-old stallion Take A Chance On Me Z and Christian Ahlmann it was the best possible result!

Grand Prix Longines Global Champions Tour: a family horse
This round of the GCL also served as a qualifier for the Grand Prix allowing several riders to qualify individually. This was to the benefit of the French, with Kevin Staut, Pénélope Leprévost, Roger-Yves Bost and Simon Delestre. 34 riders vied for the prestigious title which rested in the hands of a stopwatch. Out of them, seven returned to jump-off - the inseparable French pair Kevin and Penelope, two Dutchman, an Irishmen, a Belgian and a German. Overall, the second round presented a nice mix of athletes, horse and rider alike.
Young Dutch Kim Emmen was the first to go clear on Delvaux. Pénélope Leprévost excited her home crowd of 5,000 spectators (all of which filled the three grandstands) with her second clear with the nine-year-old Excalibur de la Tour Vidal despite being slower than the Belgian Celine Schoonbroodt - de Azevedo. The Belgian came second with Cheppetta, and it was her first podium finish. “I was all the happier because the owner of my mare is the organizer of this wonderful competition, Virginie Couperie Eiffel,” Schoonbroodt - de Azevedo said.
But today, Christian Ahlmann had no choice but to win. “On Monday, Judy Ann gave birth to our little girl, Ella Maria, and she was not very happy that I went to the show I dont think. I still decided to come to Paris and she said, ‘It’s better if you have a good result.’ We had to win. Especially with this horse, Take A Chance On Me Z who is a family horse. Her sire is Taloubet, with whom I won many of my Grand Prixs and the World Cup. Her mother, Abba Z, is a mare that Judy Ann rode Grand Prix with. He is a Zangersheide stallion we use for breeding. It took some time, but now he’s very easy between jumps and very focused. We’ll be in Chantilly next week!”
To the delight of the Parisian public, Kevin Staut took the third step on the podium with the powerhouse horse Calevo 2, owned by Dariusz Slupczynski of Poland. “I have only been riding him for three or four months and he doesn’t have much experience. I am particularly proud to make the podium for our first time in a Global Great Prix, especially in the heart of Paris and in such an atmosphere,” said Staut.
The atmosphere was another good reason for Virgine Couperie Eiffel to celebrate, “All of our efforts are aimed at sharing our sport through the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping with those who haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to experience it, and in their home city. Being able to celebrate and uplift these champions helps me to know that we’ve achieved the goal.”

Global Champions League: victory for Jessica Springsteen and the Miami Celtics
But first, the afternoon of great sport began with the second round of the team competition. With the help of Ireland’s Shane Breen, daughter of the “boss”, Jessica Springsteen, won the Paris leg of the Global Champions league donning Miami Celtic’s green. The only other team to post two clears was the Shanghai Swans with the German Daniel Deusser and the Swedish Peder Fredricsson. Yesterday’s leaders, the Saint-Tropez Pirates with Edwina Tops-Alexander and Pieter Devos, caught a fault which set them back into second place. The strength of these teams is evident in the results, as they make up the top three in the overall rankings as well (in a different order: the Shanghai Swans - Miami Celtics - St. Tropez Pirates). Will they be able to defend their podium next week in Chantilly? In any case, Jessica Springsteen intends to remain at the top of the rankings, because as she said, “…the final will be held in New York and it would be wonderful to win Global Champions League home!"

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By LGCT/LPEJ Press Release