Christian Ahlmann and Solid Gold Z claim one top result after the other in the United Arab Emirates. After their World Cup victory in Abu Dhabi, they went to Sharjah for the next World Cup competition of the Arab League. Solid Gold Z participated twice and twice he took second place!
Solid Gold Z only collected clears in Abu Dhabi and also during the H.H. Sharjah Ruler Cup he didn’t touch a fence. In Thursday’s 1.50m GP qualifier only Abdel Saïd (Arpege du Ru) managed to clear the course faster than Christian Ahlmann and his nine-year-old Z stallion of Stakkato Gold x Calvin Z.
In Saturday’s Longines World Cup qualifier, the roles were reversed. 15 out of 41 combinations were qualified for the jump-off, in which the New Zealander Bruce Goodin and the Quasimodo Z son Backatorps Danny V set the time to beat at 34.68 seconds. Abdel Said (Arpege du Ru) also went full throttle but finished just a little slower in 35.30 seconds. Afterwards, it was Christian Ahmann's turn, who entered the ring with Solid Gold Z, bred by Gestüt Sprehe. At fast pace and with large strides, they crossed the finish in 35.27 seconds, which was 0.03 seconds faster than Abdel Said’s time, good for second place and their third top ranking in a row!
In the two-star Grand Prix exactly 10 combinations made it to the jump-off, in which two Zangersheide registered horses worked their way to the top three. Second and third place were taken by the home crowd riders Hamad Ali Al Kirbi with Quel Cadans Z (Quidam de Revel x Chellano Z) and Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi with Al Bariz (Originally Baiko du Faurieu Z, Berlin x Kashmir van Schuttershof).
In addition, David Will also collected a second place with Darius de Kezeg Z (Darco x Heartbreaker) at 1.45m level and the 13-year-old Mohamed Yasser Assar was victorious in the 1.15m Children’s class with two rounds together with his mount Javanais d'Ysenbeeck Z (Jamar d'Ysenbeeck Z x Quantum).