Grand Prix of Stuttgart cerenomy
Joy and pride were written all over his face. He was after all only the fourth rider to win the two most important classes in Stuttgart in the same year – the Grand Prix and the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER. John Whitaker (GBR) achieved the feat in 1998, his brother Michael Whitaker in 2001 and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Germany) in 2008. And now Christian Ahlmann in 2015. Riding Codex One in front of 6,500 ecstatic spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle on Sunday afternoon, the 2003 European champion secured the Grand Prix of Stuttgart presented by MERCEDES-BENZ, WALTER solar and BW-BANK, the climax of the 31st International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. The 40-year old won not only the qualifying class for the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping 2015/2016 but also a polar-white Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Off-Roader worth 68,000 euro. He also received 20 points for the Western European League World Cup rankings in which he, after five from eleven stops, is currently placed third with a total of 37 points.