THE world’s top 10 riders gathered for a thrilling competition during the 16th edition of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva. Following some nail-biting competition, it was the final rider to go, Canada’s Eric Lamaze riding his Rio Olympic mount Fine Lady 5, who delivered a spectacular round to take the title. Lamaze is the only Canadian to have ever contested the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in its 16-year history.

Staged over two rounds without a jump-off, the event saw riders face a massive 1.60m track which included a tall triple bar to start and then on to a series of multiple related distances. With five riders jumping fault-free in the first round, the stage was set for an exhilarating final round. Germany’s Christian Ahlmann took a commanding lead in the second round when clocking 43.05 seconds with Taloubet Z. Both Steve Guerdat (Corbinian) and Kevin Staut (Reveur de Hurtebise HDC) tried hard to take the lead but nobody could lower Ahlmann’s time until Lamaze entered the arena.