Markus Beerbaum retires top mare Leena

Markus Beerbaum and Leena. FEI Germany's Markus Beerbaum retired his 16-year-old mare Leena directly after winning a qualifying class for the Rider's Tour competition in Hanover on Sunday. Beerbaum and Leena won the Championat of the Kroepcke Passage at the German Classics in Hanover with a fast, clear jump-off round in 32.53 seconds, taking home 5000 prize money for the victory.

The decision to retire Leena was made spontaneously during the jump-off of the very difficult competition. "To organize this so quickly and in this atmosphere here in Hanover fits perfectly to this horse," Beerbaum said. He can look back on great success in many grand prix with the Lord Liberty daughter, who was bred by Imke Westermann-Oehmen.

In the Kroepcke Championat class Beerbaum was followed closely by Thomas Fruhmann from Austria - the overall winner of the Rider's Tour in 2006 - with the Westphalian gelding The Sixth Sense. Third place went to Daniel Deusser (GER) with the 10 year old Vasco, just in front of the Austrian rider Hugo Simon with Ukinda.

Results Kroepcke Championat from Hanover, Qualification RIDERS TOUR
1. Markus Beerbaum (GER) with Leena 0 Faults/ 32.53 seconds,
2. Thomas Fruehmann (AUT) with The Sixth Sense 0/ 33.06,
3. Daniel Deusser (GER) with Vasco 4/ 33.82,
4. Hugo Simon (AUT) with Ukinda 4/ 38.09,
5. Jan Sprehe (GER) with Areno 4/ 38.20,
6. Joerg Naeve (GER) with Catoki 4/ 38.40

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