The 6,900 spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle were besides themselves late on Friday evening. In a thrilling five-rider jump-off, Ludger Beerbaum secured the coveted MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER title for the fourth time after 1995, 1996 and 2005. Riding Chaman in the second most important jumping class at the 30th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show, the German went clear in the jump-off in 37.63 seconds and was given the key to the winner’s prize, a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 Off Roader. The beaming Beerbaum was “really really happy” about his win and praised the runner-up, “Hansi rode a brilliant jump-off. I was lucky in that I was able to watch his ride and then use the only possible opening to be quicker that him.”