Philip Rüping (GER) and Hanoverian gelding Copperfield were the first pair in the winning round of the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden – and they led the field for a long time. It almost seemed as if nobody could beat their time, but then came Patrick Stühlmeyer (GER). The rider from Bernfried Erdmann’s yard and his reliable Lacan went full speed and took the opportunities the jump off course provided: long ways. “It was my jump off,” the rider from the championship squad declared later. “Everything suited us.” However, Stühlmeyer explained that he didn’t count on winning the competition, which also was the qualification for the DKB riders tour. “My goal was to take part in the jump off,” so the 25-year-old rider said. But even one day ago the Oldenburger stallion was in a good mood and was placed seventh in the jump off with 19 participants. “Then I didn’t take all risks,” so Stühlmeyer. Today in the Grand Prix he didn’t think hard about it… “But I didn’t think that I’d win since it was still Adamara’s turn.” Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo (COL) and his gelding won yesterday’s competition and now were placed fourth.
Stühlmeyer’s next competition is his first Nations Cup and the German Championships in Balve – then he’s hoping for a starting place in Aachen.