Stuttgart – Two riders from the region battled hard for a Mercedes-Benz A 180: competing in the Jump and Drive class at the start of Wednesday’s evening of entertainment, Alexander Schill finished first – but only just. Riding the Holstein gelding Latino, he went clear around both the show jumping course and then the car slalom behind the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz to recorded an overall time of 84.32 seconds.
Though the sell-out 8,000 crowd in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle cheered on “Gold Michi” Michael Jung frenetically, the double Olympic champion, two-time World champion and six-time European champion in eventing narrowly missed out on the top prize when coming second on the stallion Der Dürer TSF in a time of 84.95 seconds. The 2011 and 2013 winner came third last year. Quickest around the combined course was Felix Haßmann (Germany) in 80.84 seconds but six penalties cost him the win.
Last year’s winner of the highly popular Jump and Drive contest, Mario Walter (Germany) recorded the second fastest time (81.36 seconds) but also incurred six penalties to finish sixth on FBW Charlotta.