A thrilling atmosphere is guaranteed when the Tank and Rast Prize – Jump and Drive is announced in the Main Stadium. In the combined jumping and driving competition, 10 drivers and 10 riders entered the ring in the late afternoon on Saturday, whereby each team comprised of one driver and one show-jumper.
Indeed, one couldn’t have expected any other outcome: Bertram Allen and Boyd Exell won the Tank & Rast Prize at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015. They remained clear and crossed the finish line in an extremely fast time. It was the first time that Allen has taken part in this spectacular competition: “It was fantastic fun, the atmosphere in the stadium was terrific,” the 19-year-old show-jumper said excitedly. In the Jump & Drive competition, the Irish/Australian team finished first on a time of 142.27 seconds.
The all-German team comprising of Marcel Marschall/Michael Brauchle claimed second place after taking almost 6 seconds longer to complete the course (148.20). Third place (148.58) went to the German show-jumper and the Dutch driver, Koos de Ronde. First of all the show-jumper had to complete his course, then dismount, jump on the back of the carriage and finish the rest of the course together with his driver. The atmosphere at the Soers – accompanied by the ecstatic cheering of the spectators – once again proved that this extravagant competition has meanwhile turned into a real crowd-puller.
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