The third qualifying rounds of the TNT Sires of the World took place last week. The stallions at the RAI in Amsterdam produced absolutely first class sport. Ten combinations got through to the jump off from a strong field of participants. After a thrilling battle it was Albert Zoer’s Lincoln, the last to start, who won through.
Lincoln, just seven years old, is a son of Faldo. His dam is a mare out of Bredero x Uppercut x Kristal who was owned by Mr. Bijzitter.
Despite his youth, Lincoln is not unknown in show jumping. In 1998 he became national champion for five-year-olds and in 1998 and 1999 he was selected for the World Championships for young show jumpers.
Although the young stallion is in the KWPN stud book, he has been approved as a stud by Studbook Zangersheide.
In the TNT Sires of the World jump off, Lincoln was just that bit quicker than Ludger Beerbaum’s chestnut Goldfever; with only a difference of a sixth-hundredth of a second, the Olympic gold medal winner had tobe satisfied with second place.
Jos Lansink was the only rider to get round the jump off faultlesslywith two horses. The super careful TNT Caretano Z (Caretino x Reichsgraf) gave everything he had, but was too slow to be highly placed. His stable-mate, TNT High Valley Z (Ahorn x Conte) came in third before Cabdula du Tillard, son of Abdullah. Millar (Quick d’Argentan x Etretat), winner of the first heat this season, had one jumping fault in the jump off and could not repeat his success at Lanaken.
After Amsterdam, the sires have one more chance to be placed in the final. The fourth qualifying heat take place in Mechelen between Christmas and New Year; the finals will take place during Indoor Brabant in March 2001 where the best 20 stallions from the qualifying heats are entitled to participate.
More information and the latest results: www.siresoftheworld.com