The complete top 3, but also 17 jumping riders of the top 30 of the Longines FEI World rankings will be present at the Mechelen Christmas Horse Show. Mechelen has never had such a strong field of riders!
The number one of the world, the German Christian Ahlmann won the Longines World Cup In Mechelen last year after a thrilling jump off with 10 including 6 Belgians. Also this season everything goes for the best because in November he won the Longines World Cup in Stuttgart on the 16 years old Taloubet Z.
But also the number two, Simon Delestre is in top form. The Frenchman won the Longines World Cup in Mechelen in 2014 and he always goes for it in the jump off.
Of course the number three couldn’t be missed. Daniel Deusser is German but just like Christian Ahlmann he has a Belgian wife and above all he is living in Mechelen. The 35 years old rider was third in de GP of Paris and won the Longines World Cup in Lyon.
For sure it will be a tough job for the ten Belgians participating in the Longines World Cup in Mechelen. Nevertheless our countrymen are performing extremely well at the highest level. On the last Longines Ranking we have 4 Belgians in the top 30.
Gregory Wathelet won the GP in Paris, Nicola Philippaerts won the GP in Maastricht, Olivier Philippaerts was second in the GP in Genève, Niels Bruynseels fourth in the GP in Genève and Jérôme Guéry won several LR classes.
Pieter Devos, who took a lot of points in Oslo and Helsinki, is the best ranked Belgian on the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping ranking. Kevin Staut is in the lead after the seventh leg in La Coruna and of course this French top rider will be jumping in Mechelen.
Participants CSI5*-W Mechelen (with Longines World Ranking)
Olivier Phillippaerts (28)
Charlotte Mordasini (270)