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Kevin Staut Crowned Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final Champion at CHI Geneva

The current top 10 riders in the world gathered at the iconic CHI Geneva, Switzerland to contend for one of the most exciting classes of the year, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. The roster of elite show jumpers who had qualified to tackle Gérard Lachat’s technically challenging and imposing course included five of Rolex’s Equestrian Testimonees: Steve Guerdat, Scott Brash, Eric Lamaze, Kevin Staut and current World Number One, Kent Farrington.

Staged over two rounds, home favourite and Swiss hero Steve Guerdat was first to go aboard his brilliant mare Hannah. The patriotic crowd was electric as he rode into the arena and despite willing the combination over every fence, the pair collected four faults.

The first clear round came from the only rider currently to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Great Britain’s Scott Brash. Ursula XII and Brash glided around the first round, setting the bar high for the remaining seven riders. Despite nearly foot perfect rounds from the 2016 reigning champion, Eric Lamaze, and 2015 champion Kent Farrington, they both finished the 12-fence course with four faults, respectively.

For the eighth time in his career, Kevin Staut had qualified for the Top 10 Final and this experience shone through as he delivered the last clear of round one.

The second round welcomed four riders with a clean sheet, Lorenzo De Luca, Harrie Smolders, Scott Brash and Kevin Staut. Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze produced the fastest second round of the night, with a time of 40.27 moving him up the leaderboard.

Brash continued to impress and put pressure on his competitors, executing a faultless round with a time of 42.83, putting the passionate crowd on the edge of their seats as they waited for the last three riders of the class to challenge the British rider. It was not to be for Smolders as he attempted too tight a turn and paid the price with four faults. The stage was set for Kevin Staut and Lorenzo De Luca, who was competing in this competition for the very first time and the class’s first Italian representative.

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Staut cut every corner in order to achieve his dramatic clear round, stopping the clock at 40.90 seconds, taking him into the lead. After a valiant effort De Luca was unable to beat the exacting precision of the French rider and world number three, as he exited the arena with four faults. The final result saw Rolex Testimonees, Kevin Staut and Scott Brash, secure first and second place on the podium.

A thrilled Staut commented on his victory: “I am really really happy as not only have I won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final but I have qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix tomorrow also. It’s been eight years that I’ve been fighting to get a good result and I’m thrilled I’ve now achieved it, especially here in Geneva which is such an incredible show.”

Second placed Brash: “I don’t think I could have done any more. Ursula has a huge stride but is a slow mover. Kevin’s turns were much smoother than mine and Kevin was too fast for us today.”

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Highlights News Film from CHI Geneva of the Rolex Grand Prix and Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final

12 December 2016, CHI Geneva, Switzerland – The Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva is one of the three equestrian Majors that form the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and is one of the most prestigious Grand Prix on the international circuit.

Re-live the excitement of the four-day competition at the world’s leading indoor venue, as the finest riders compete for the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title.

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Eric Lamaze Celebrates Winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final with Fine Lady 5

11 December 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze celebrates winning the 2016 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva with the famous trophy and Fine Lady 5, after the competition.

THE HISTORY OF THE ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL

In 2001 the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) created the first Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. The concept was initially conceived in the late 1990s with the idea to improve the formula of the ranking list and celebrate the success and talents of the finest show jumpers in the world. The competition meant that the Top 10 highest ranked riders in the world for that year were invited to go head-to-head. An idea similar to the ATP World Finals in tennis, which is also supported by Rolex, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is the only competition which is run by the competitors, through the IJRC. The competition has been won by several of the greatest names in the sport including Rolex Testimonees Rodrigo Pessoa, Steve Guerdat, Scott Brash, Kent Farrington and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Eric Lamaze now joins this group of legendary names engraved on the exclusive winner’s trophy.

FINAL RESULTS OF THE ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL

  1. Eric Lamaze (CAN) riding Fine Lady 5
  2. Christian Ahlmann (GER) riding Taloubet Z
  3. Steve Guerdat (SUI) riding Corbinian
  4. Kevin Staut (FRA) riding Reveur de Hurtebise HDC
  5. Penelope Leprevost (FRA) riding Vagabond de la Pomme
  6. Scott Brash (GBR) riding Hello M’Lady
  7. Marcus Ehning (GER) riding Pret A Tout
  8. Kent Farrington (USA) riding Creedance
  9. Daniel Deusser (GER) riding First Class van Eeckelghem
  10. Simon Delestre (FRA) riding Chadino

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Eric Lamaze Triumphs in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva

09 December 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – The world’s Top 10 riders gathered for a thrilling competition on Friday 9 December, in the sixteenth edition of this world-famous spectacle and the twelfth time it has been staged at CHI Geneva. Crowds for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final were treated to an evening of excitement, tension and elation as last to go, Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze, produced a spectacular round to take title spot and reign victorious.

Staged over two nail biting rounds without a jump-off, pin point accuracy and upmost precision is required to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. With five riders jumping fault-free in the first round, the stage was set for an exhilarating final round.

Christian Ahlmann took a commanding lead in round two, setting a superb time of 43.05 seconds which looked hard to beat. The last three riders of the class to go were Rolex Testimonees Steve Guerdat, Kevin Staut and Eric Lamaze. Even the elite riders, Staut and Guerdat, were unable to push Ahlmann out of title spot, leaving it to Canada’s Eric Lamaze to challenge the German rider. In true Lamaze style, he looked to shave off hundreds of seconds at every corner aboard his mare Fine Lady 5. With the packed crowd on the edge of their seats, and fixated on the clock, he finished in a time of 42.56 seconds, providing Lamaze with the narrowest of margins to win the class for the first time in his career and adding this title to his stellar roster of global equestrian achievements.

Speaking after his victory, a delighted Lamaze said, “We all saw Christian go in the jump-off; I thought the competition was over. Fine Lady is naturally very fast but I knew I didn’t have any option but to try everything. I was lucky enough to have a galloping distance to the Rolex oxer at the end. I took the opportunity and I think that made the difference.

“Fine Lady 5 is an amazing horse, to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; I could not ask for any more.”

CHI Geneva will now look ahead to Sunday where it will see the retirement of Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat’s wonder horse, Nino des Buissonnets, in an emotional farewell after the Rolex Grand Prix, part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Guerdat obtained third spot in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, with a superb performance riding Corbinian.

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Highlights Film from the Rolex Grand Prix and the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva

Re-Live the Excitement of the World’s Leading Indoor Show Jumping Event

The Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva is one of the three Majors that forms the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and is the most prestigious indoor grand prix on the international equestrian circuit. CHI Geneva is also host to the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, the only show jumping competition that invites the world’s Top 10 riders to compete over two rounds at the end of year finale.

Re-live the excitement of the four days of competition at the world’s leading indoor show jumping event, and watch Rolex Testimonees Steve Guerdat and Kent Farrington win the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix and Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final titles, respectively.

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Kent Farrington Wins Thrilling Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva

Kent Farrington Riding Voyeur ©Rolex/Kit Houghton.

11 December 2015, CHI Geneva Switzerland – When the Top 10 riders in the world gather under one roof to battle it out to be crowned champion, excitement, tension and world-class competition are guaranteed. The crowds watching the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva were privileged to have experienced a thrilling encounter in this year’s competition, with Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington riding the wonderful Voyeur, racing to the top of the podium and taking his first ever win in the competition.

Speed and accuracy are essential to winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. Staged over two rounds with no jump-off, and with eight riders taking a clear into the final round, expectation was high that the final round would produce a classic in this, the fifteenth edition and the eleventh time that it has been staged at CHI Geneva.

Second round clears were proving hard to find until Kent Farrington and Voyeur came into the arena. Living up to their deserved reputation as one of the fastest partnerships on the circuit, they sped around the course whilst the crowd held their collective breath, and laid down a lightning fast 37.54 second round; it looked difficult to beat. Both Simon Delestre and Daniel Deusser followed Farrington onto the course and although both succeeded in going clear, they simply could not match Farrington’s time. It was left to the final two riders, Rolex Testimonees Bertram Allen, the youngest rider to ever compete in the Final at just 20 years old, and the 2014 winner, Scott Brash, to challenge Farrington. Valiant in their efforts, not even the combined athleticism of equine superstars Molly Malone and Hello Sanctos could match Voyeur, and Farrington was crowned the winner in only his second time of competing.

Speaking after his victory, Kent Farrington said, “My horse was amazing today; I had to go early in the second round and I knew that some of the fastest riders were coming after me. This is a great way to start off with Voyeur at the show ahead of the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday. My horse has been on form so I hope he continues for the weekend.”

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was started in 2001 by the International Jumping Riders Club and similar to the ATP Finals in tennis, is the only competition that rewards consistency throughout the season, by inviting the top 10 highest-ranked riders in the world to go head-to-head over two rounds of jumping. The competition has been won by several of the greatest names in the sport, including Rolex Testimonees Rodrigo Pessoa and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Kent Farrington now joins this group of legendary names engraved on the exclusive winner’s trophy.

All eyes now turn to Sunday and the Rolex Grand Prix, where one rider will start his or her journey towards emulating Scott Brash in winning their first stage of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

The results of the 15th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final:

1st Kent Farrington (USA), riding Voyeur
2nd Simon Delestre (FRA), riding Hermes Ryan
3rd Daniel Deusser (GER), riding First Class van Eeckelghem
4th Christian Ahlmann (GER), riding Codex One
5th Penelope Leprevost (FRA), riding Flora De Mariposa
6th Scott Brash (GBR), riding Hello Sanctos
7th Bertram Allen (IRL), riding Molly Malone
8th Gregory Wathelet (BEL), riding Algorhythem
9th Luciana Diniz (POR), riding Fit For Fun
10th Ludger Beerbaum (GER), riding Chaman

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The World’s Finest Riders Gather for End of Season Finale – Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final 2015

The 10 riders who qualified for the 2015 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final title in Geneva, Switzerland, from left to right: Luciana Diniz (POR), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Simon Delestre (FRA), Daniel Deusser (GER), Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Scott Brash (GBR), Kent Farrington (USA), Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Bertram Allen (IRE) and Penelope Leprevost (FRA)

3 December 2015, Geneva, Switzerland – The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, held on Friday 11 December 2015, is one of the most thrilling and intensely competitive classes of the year. The top-10 highest-ranked riders in the world for 2015 are invited to go head-to-head. Only an athlete who has shown consistently brilliant form all year will qualify to compete for the coveted title.

This year three Rolex equestrian Testimonees have qualified for the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final: Great Britain’s Scott Brash, Ireland’s Bertram Allen, and the USA’s Kent Farrington. While Brash will be aiming to retain his 2014 title, this will be the first time Allen has competed, whilst Farrington returns for his second attempt to claim the trophy.

Rolex has supported the IJRC Top 10 Final since its inauguration in 2001, and several of its equestrian Testimonees have won this prestigious title – Rodrigo Pessoa (2003 and 2005), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (2004 and 2006), Steve Guerdat (2010), and Scott Brash (2014).

2015 ROLEX IJRC NOMINEES

1) Scott Brash (GBR)
2) Kent Farrington (USA)
3) Penelope Leprevost (FRA)
4) Simon Delestre (FRA)
5) Bertram Allen (IRE)
6) Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
7) Christian Ahlmann (GER)
8) Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
9) Daniel Deusser (GER)
10) Luciana Diniz (POR)

ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL RESULTS 2001-2014

2014 BRASH, Scott GBR (Hello Sanctos) Geneva, Switzerland
2013 DEUSSER, Daniel GER (Evita van de Veldbalie) Stockholm, Sweden
2012 AHLMANN, Christian GER (Taloubet Z) Geneva, Switzerland
2011 TWOMEY, Billy IRE (Tinka’s Serenade) Paris, France
2010 GUERDAT, Steve SUI (Jalisca Solier) Geneva, Switzerland
2009 EHNING, Marcus GER (Plot Blue) Paris, France
2008 ROBERT, Michel FRA (Kellemoi de Pepita) Brussels, Belgium
2007 KÜRTEN, Jessica IRE (Castle Forbes Libertina) Geneva, Switzerland
2006 MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith GER (Shutterfly) Geneva, Switzerland
2005 PESSOA, Rodrigo BRA (Baloubet du Rouet) Geneva, Switzerland
2004 MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith GER (Shutterfly) Geneva, Switzerland
2003 PESSOA, Rodrigo BRA (Baloubet du Rouet) Geneva, Switzerland
2002 BEERBAUM, Ludger GER (Gladdys S) Geneva, Switzerland
2001 BEERBAUM, Ludger GER (Goldfever) Geneva, Switzerland

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World Number One Scott Brash Dominates Again at Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final

Geneva, Switzerland, 12 December 2014 – It is an elite competition for the best of the best and an opportunity for the Top 10 riders and horses in the world to compete for end-of-year supremacy. And after two rounds of intense competition, it was the rider who has dominated the World Rankings throughout 2014, Great Britain’s Scott Brash, who produced two flawless displays of Show Jumping to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, stamp his dominance on the sport, and stake a claim to being the rider of the year.

Riding his great gelding Hello Sanctos, Brash was one of four riders who went into the second round faultless. As the round progressed, the poles dropped, and Brash was the only double clear as the final rider, Penelope Leprevost, riding Flora de Mariposa, came into the ring. The only female rider to be competing in the Rolex Top 10 Final, the noise from the crowd hushed to a respectful silence, as they willed the Frenchwoman to another clear round.

But top level Show Jumping can be a tough sport, and after trying to cut time off the tightest turn on the course, Leprevost brought down the wall, resulting in four faults. The combination then knocked down a further two poles dropping them from first to last place.

Scott Brash said, “I must say my horse jumped wonderful today; he jumped really, really good and to be standing here, the winner of the Top 10 – it’s a class I’ve always only ever dreamed of winning, as a kid growing up. I always thought it was impossible to be in there, but to come here, in Geneva of all places, and win – it’s wonderful and I’m delighted.”

In a further twist of fate following a similar result during the World Equestrian Games earlier in the year, a single time fault in the first round for the French rider Patrice Delaveau, meant his clear in the second round resulted in being the runner-up once again by less than two seconds. Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat’s horse Albfuehren’s Paille lost a shoe just before entering the ring before the second round and after a quick visit to the farrier, Guerdat was able to finish with just four faults, and claim his spot on the podium in third place.

Speaking about his second place, Delaveau said, “Yes, it was the same fault for me [as at the World Equestrian Games] so for the future I will focus my training on this type of fault. It was difficult for me tonight with the speed. Scott was very quick, but for me it’s OK; I was very happy.”

Similar to the ATP World Finals in tennis, which is also supported by Rolex, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is the only competition that is run by the competitors through the International Jumping Riders Club and, due to its very nature, is one of the toughest in the world to win. Staged during CHI Geneva for the tenth time since the competition started in 2001, at the riders’ request, the competition will now stay at the venue for the next few years.

The results of the 14th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final:

1st Scott Brash (GBR), riding Hello Sanctos
2nd Patrice Delaveau (FRA), riding Lacrimoso HDC
3rd Steve Guerdat (SUI), riding Albfuehren’s Paille
4th Daniel Deusser (GER), riding Cornet D’Amour
5th Maikel Van Der Vleuten (NED), riding VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P.
6th Ludger Beerbaum (GER), riding Chaman
7th Kevin Staut (FRA), riding Estoy Aqui De Muze HDC
8th Marcus Ehning (GER), riding Cornado NRW
9th Kent Farrington (USA), riding Voyeur
10th Penelope Leprevost (FRA), riding Flora De Mariposa

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World’s Finest Riders Gather in Geneva for End of Season Finale – The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final

The 10 riders who qualified for the 2014 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final title in Geneva, Switzerland, from left to right: Kent Farrington (USA), Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Daniel Deusseur (GER), Kevin Staut (FRA), Steve Guerdat (SUI), Scott Brash (GBR), Penelope Leprovost (FRA), Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Marcus Ehning (GER), Mikael van der Vluten (NED).

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 November 2014 – Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. The Rolex International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Top 10 Final, which is returning to its spiritual home, Geneva, this year, is probably the most competitive Show Jumping class in the world with just the Top 10 riders in the global rankings invited to go head-to-head. Only a brilliant sportsman or sportswoman, capable of performing at his or her very best on every occasion, can win this elite class, which demands exceptional skill, timing and courage.

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final takes place on Friday 12 December during CHI Geneva (11-14 December). The IJRC was founded in 1977 by a small group of the most eminent riders the sport of Show Jumping has ever seen, including the great champions Paul Schockemöhle, David Broome, Raimondo D’Inzeo and Nelson Pessoa. It is open to all riders who have taken part in Olympic, World or Continental Championships, those who have competed in at least five Nations Cups and to those ranked in the Top 300 in the world.

Rolex and the IJRC Top 10 Final

Rolex has been a loyal supporter of the International Jumping Riders Club Top 10 Final since it started in 2001. The class is an opportunity for the Top 10 riders and horses in the world to battle it out for end-of-year supremacy and to be recognised as – and rewarded for – being the best.

Geneva has always been regarded as the home of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, but after the show hosted the first seven runnings of The Final, it moved to other significant venues before returning to Geneva in 2014.

Alban Poudret, Sports Director of CHI Geneva, said: “Rolex has a strong hereditary connection with Geneva, so it seems fitting that the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final should be based here for the next few years. Over 200 journalists from radio, TV and news publications are on site during CHI Geneva – it is a great platform for international exposure for the event and the riders taking part.”

The riders will put a years’ worth of endurance and mental strength at the forefront of their minds during the competition, whilst navigating a challenging course designed by Gerard Lachat and Luc Musette.

Past Victories

Rolex’s Show Jumping Testimonees, the small band of top riders who have proved themselves to be exceptionally skilled horsemen and ambassadors for equestrian sport, have an impressive record in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final.

Rodrigo Pessoa, the Brazilian Olympic Gold Medallist, won the final in 2003 and 2005, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, the first woman to be ranked Number One in the world, took it in 2004 and 2006 and Steve Guerdat triumphed for Switzerland in 2010. For the past two years the class has gone to German riders – Christian Ahlmann, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen, in 2012, and Daniel Deusser in 2013.

Rodrigo Pessoa commented: “It is an absolute privilege to compete in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. To be victorious here after a long year of competition is a rare achievement that is attained by only the most worthy and legendary champions of our sport.”

2014 Rolex IJRC Nominees

1) Scott Brash (GBR)
2) Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
3) Marcus Ehning (GER)
4) Kent Farrington (USA)
5) Kevin Staut (FRA)
6) Patrice Delaveau (FRA)
7) Daniel Deusseur (GER)
8) Mikael van der Vleuten (NED)
9) Steve Guerdat (SUI)
10) Penelope Leprevost (FRA)

Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final Results 2001 – 2013

2013 DEUSSER, Daniel GER (Evita van de Veldbalie) Stockholm, Sweden
2012 AHLMANN, Christian GER (Taloubet Z) Geneva, Switzerland
2011 TWOMEY, Billy IRE (Tinka’s Serenade) Paris, France
2010 GUERDAT, Steve SUI (Jalisca Solier) Geneva, Switzerland
2009 EHNING, Marcus GER (Plot Blue) Paris, France
2008 ROBERT, Michel FRA (Kellemoi de Pepita) Brussels, Belgium
2007 KÜRTEN, Jessica IRE (Castle Forbes Libertina) Geneva, Switzerland
2006 MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith GER (Shutterfly) Geneva, Switzerland
2005 PESSOA, Rodrigo BRA (Baloubet du Rouet) Geneva, Switzerland
2004 MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith GER (Shutterfly) Geneva, Switzerland
2003 PESSOA, Rodrigo BRA (Baloubet du Rouet) Geneva, Switzerland
2002 BEERBAUM, Ludger GER (Gladdys S) Geneva, Switzerland
2001 BEERBAUM, Ludger GER (Goldfever) Geneva, Switzerland

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Daniel Deusser Wins Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Stockholm

Riding Evita van de Veldbalie, Daniel Deusser (GER) won the two-round event featuring the world’s Top 10 riders as based on the FEI Rankings, ahead of 2nd placed Patrice Delaveau (FRA) riding Lacrimoso HDC and 3rd placed Ben Maher (GBR) riding Tripple X III.

The 2013 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final did not disappoint the packed crowds in the Globe Arena in Stockholm with some thrilling riding by the world’s top 10 riders. It was Daniel Deusser who gave everything he had riding his bay mare Evita van de Veldbalie with a double clear and a winning time just faster than French rider Patrice Delaveau.

It was a last minute entry by Deusser into the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, following the late withdrawal by British rider Scott Brash, and the young German rider did not miss his chance. “My mare has helped me a lot in the second round. She was fantastic; she gave everything and I owe this win to my amazing horse!” said Deusser.

Delaveau was just two tenths of a second behind Deusser, with the only other double clear of the evening.  Ben Maher was the fastest rider of the night, but his four faults in the first round cost him dearly and moved him to third place.  The experienced and ever popular Ludger Beerbaum (GER) was roared on by the crowd to a very fast clear in the final round, but he had to settle for fourth place after his four faults in the first round. Rolex Testimonees Steve Guerdat and Kevin Staut could not make the podium on this occasion, but will be sure to be competing for the title again in 2014.

Audio of the post event Press Conference:

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The results of the 13th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final:

1st Daniel Deusser (GER), riding Evita van de Veldbalie
2nd Patrice Delaveau (FRA), riding Lacrimoso HDC
3rd Ben Maher (GBR), riding Tripple X III
4th Ludger Beerbaum (GER), riding Chaman
5th Roger Yves-Bost (FRA), riding Nippon d’Elle
6th Marcus Ehning (GER), riding Copin Van De Broy
7th Kevin Staut (FRA), riding Quismy des Vaux HDC
8th Christian Ahlmann (GER), riding ASCA Z
9th Steve Guerdat (SUI), riding Nasa
10th Gerco Schroder (NED), riding Castelino van de Helle

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