Local hero Dreher produces dazzling win at Longines leg in Stuttgart

Germany’s Hans-Dieter Dreher produced the performance of a life-time when winning the fourth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2013/2014 series at Stuttgart today. And his victory was all the more celebrated because he was competing in front of his local crowd.

“I’d like to try to qualify for the Final, but for now all I know is that I plan to ride at Mechelen” Dreher said after the class. “After that I have to talk to our trainer before I find out what other qualifiers I can go to” he explained.

The 41-year-old Swiss-based rider simply galloped the rest into the ground with a stunning run from Embassy ll in the nine-horse jump-off against the clock. And it was a field of champions he left in his wake, including reigning Olympic gold medallist, Steve Guerdat from Switzerland, who had to settle for runner-up spot for the third time this season. The Olympic champion has, however, now risen to the very top of the Western European League leaderboard and can relax for the remainder of the winter months in the knowledge that he has earned his place at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place at Lyon, France next April.

Course-designer, Christa Jung, has a long and distinguished link with the Stuttgart fixture and presented a superb track that brought the cream to the top once again today. The jump-off line-up also included two FEI World Cup™ Jumping triple champions, Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, the reigning FEI European Champion, Roger Yves Bost from France, Billy Twomey who has been a linchpin of the Irish team for many years, Australian star Edwina Tops-Alexander and rising American star Lucy Davis. And it didn’t disappoint, with an almighty and thrilling battle deciding the final placing’s.

Final Results

  1. Embassy ll (Hans-Dieter Dreher) GER 0/0 36.27;

  2. Nino de Buissonnets (Steve Guerdat) SUI 0/0 37.37;

  3. Chaman (Ludger Beerbaum) GER 0/0 37.74;

  4. Cornado NRW (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/0 38.21;

  5. Tinka's Serenade (Billy Twomey) IRL 0/0 38.67;

  6. Cevo Itot du Chateau (Edwina Tops-Alexander) AUS 0/0 39.09;

  7. Bella Donna (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) GER 0/0 45.68;

  8. Barron (Lucy Davis) USA 0/4 40.71;

  9. Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Roger Yves Bost) FRA 0/4 42.75.

Current Standings

  1. Steve Guerdat SUI - 51

  2. Scott Brash GBR - 41

  3. Marcus Ehning GER - 36

  4. Luciana Diniz POR - 32

  5. Edwina Tops-Alexander AUS - 32

  6. Hans-Dieter Dreher GER - 26

  7. Patrice Delaveau FRA - 23

  8. Simon Delestre FRA - 22

  9. Christian Ahlmann GER - 20

  10. Maikel van der Vleuten NED - 20

  11. Pius Schwizer SUI - 19

  12. Athina Onassia de Miranda GRE - 19

  13. Nicola Philippaerts BEL - 18

  14. Luca Moneta ITA - 15

  15. Ludger Beerbaum GER - 15

  16. Shane Breen IRL - 15

  17. Malin Baryard-Johnsson SWE - 13

  18. Gerco Schroder NED - 13

  19. Billy Twomey IRL - 12

  20. Geir Gulliksen NOR - 12