Reed Kessler (USA) takes Prize of DIW Instandhaltung Ltd. & Co. KG ahead of Delaveau and Leprevost (FRA)

Reed Kessler, who last year in London was the youngest ever jumping rider to compete at the Olympic Games, won the Prize of the DIW Instandhaltung Ltd. & Co. KG at the 29th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show on Friday. It was the second qualifying class for the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER later on in the evening. Now aged 19, the American went clear in 57.22 seconds aboard her 11-year old mare Cylana to relegate the French Patrice Delaveau (0/57.74 on the stallion Orient Express HDC) and Penelope Leprevost (0/57.94 on the mare Nayana) to the placings.

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Despite her victory, the US rider has however missed out on the evening’s highlight, the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER for which only the top 12 from the two qualifying competitions are eligible, as she was only 42nd on Thursday evening. But the two world championship team runners-up have both qualified and Patrice Delaveau has the chance to drive off with the Mercedes for the second time after 2009.

In addition to the above mentioned, also qualified are Moroccan Abdelkebir Ouaddar, the surprise winner on Thursday, Kevin Staut (FRA), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Philipp Weishaupt (GER), Max Kühner (GER), Scott Brash (GBR), Daniel Deußer (GER), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Marcus Ehning (GER) plus the equal on points Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and Doda de Miranda (BRA).