Behind him in second was Reed Kessler (USA), who won the first qualifier on Thursday, in the saddle on Charity, a 10-year old mare bred in Westphalia, (0/63.98). One place further back was the Swede Douglas Lindelöw on his Holstein gelding Casello. The pair went clear in 64.22 seconds to qualify in 12th and last place for the highlight of the evening – the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER. Only the 12 top riders in the two qualifying competitions on Thursday and Friday go into the second most important jumping class at the horse show in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle.
In addition to the riders already named, Malin Baryard-Johnsson (Sweden), Ludger Beerbaum (Germany), Penelope Leprevost (France), Felix Haßmann (Germany), Alexander Hinz (Germany), John Whitaker (Great Britain), Christian Ahlmann (Germany), Kevin Staut (France) and Marco Kutscher (Germany) have also qualified.