A prolific winner throughout his career, Taloubet Z will now enjoy a happy retirement in Zangersheide’s pastures and as a popular sire. (Photo: FEI/Daniel Kaiser) Photo FEI/Daniel Kaiser

In a fitting end to an extraordinary career, Taloubet Z (Galoubet A - Krista x Polydor) gave Christian Ahlmann one final victory in the 10th leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Western European League in Leipzig, Germany, yesterday. It was a fairytale finale to a 15-horse jump-off which heralds the retirement of the 18-year-old stallion. According to an emotionally charged Ahlmann, “I really didn’t want to mess it up for him. This was just a normal World Cup, like we have every week. But it was very special because it was the last class for Taloubet, and we took the risk to jump him so he could say goodbye, here where everyone knows him, and leave the sport in great shape. So to have a good result and to finish with a proper round like that under pressure, it makes me so happy. It’s the greatest day of my life for sure, not for the points or for the money, it’s much more than that. It’s because this great horse, who still has all this power, even at this age, is ending his career in a great way, with a great win.”