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Ehning and Comme Il Faut Give a Masterclass in Madrid

Marcus Ehning with Comme Il Faut. (Hervé Bonnaud/FEI)

Madrid (ESP), 27 November 2016 – A typically thrilling jump-off ride gave German maestro, Marcus Ehning, maximum points at the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League in Madrid, Spain. Partnering the 11-year-old stallion Comme Il Faut, the 42-year-old three-time FEI World Cup™ champion put the result beyond doubt with one of his trademark super-tight turns in the nine-horse jump-off against the clock.

He was chasing the target set by Rio 2016 Olympic team gold medallist Kevin Staut and the 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding Aran, and runner-up finishing spot was no great disappointment for the 36-year-old Frenchman, as it launched him to the top of the League leaderboard ahead of the next round of the series in La Coruna (ESP) next month. Third place went to 30-year-old Briton, Scott Brash with Hello M’Lady, while German legend and 1993 FEI World Cup™ champion, 53-year-old Ludger Beerbaum, slotted into fourth with Casello.

In contrast to some of the previous legs this season, Spanish course designer Javier Trenor managed to keep the jump-off numbers under control, with the very narrow top plank on the final element of the triple combination proving the undoing of many in the first round.

Against the clock, however, it was the penultimate FEI World Cup™ branded vertical that was the real influencer, Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and Mary Lou demolishing it before Tobias Meyer’s (GER) mare, Cathleen, ducked out at it. Fourth to go, Beerbaum was clear but when Staut shaved almost four seconds off his time then Ehning knew what he had to do, even if it didn’t quite go to plan. “I didn’t have a good shot to the vertical (second-last) so I knew I had to make that turn if I wanted to win!” he explained, after taking what seemed like an impossible line inside fence three on his way to the last, to stop the clock in the winning time of 43.56 seconds.

Thrilled with the performance of Comme Il Faut whose cat-like jumping technique drew gasps of delight from the crowd in both rounds, Ehning said, “He has famous parents (Cornet Obolensky/Ratina Z) and he’s an incredible horse; you can see he is clever and careful and he did a super job in the jump-off – I’m really proud of him!”

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Marcus Ehning GER (1st), talking about his jump-off round: “You always have to have a plan A, but today I had to use Plan B!”

Scott Brash GBR (3rd), talking about his plans for getting to the 2016/2017 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final: “At the rate I’m going we will have to see if that’s even possible! It has taken quite a while to get some points but I’m very happy with my horse. She was out for much of the outdoor season so it’s great to have her back now in top level sport.”

Javier Trenor ESP, Course Designer: “I was happy with the course and the results in general at the show this week were good. I was happy with the time-allowed for first round (68 seconds) – there were nine riders clear and I always aim to get between eight and twelve, just one rider with a time fault, so that’s good as well.”

Marcus Ehning GER (1st), talking about his plans for the remainder of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping season: “I’m quite relaxed. I have plenty of good horses and I have two more shows this year. My goal is to get to the Final, but there is no pressure.”

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Marcus Ehning Wins Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant

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13 March 2016, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands – Marcus Ehning rode Cornado NRW to win the Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant in the Netherlands, with Hans-Dieter Dreher in second and Willem Greve in third place.

The world’s best riders gave everything to win the CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix with competitors from 13 different nations from as far as Australia, USA and Qatar. The Netherlands were the strongest represented with the home nation fielding 11 riders, followed by Germany with six and Belgium with five world-class combinations.

The Louis Koninckx designed course was a challenging and technical ask for the riders, who had to tackle a 13-fence first course set with a very tight time. From the 40 starters, just 12 went clear and within the time to make it through to the jump-off.

Commenting on his victory, Marcus Ehning said, “I was really pleased with my horse. He was fantastic – it was a great course and great fans as always here.”

It was not to be for 2015 winner Daniel Deusser from Germany, riding Cornet D’Amour, who just tipped one fence down in the second round. The jump-off thrilled the packed crowds who were on the edge of their seats as the final riders battled it out for the Rolex Grand Prix prize.

The passionate home fans had to settle for a third place with Willem Greve finishing less than one second behind the German pair of Ehning and Dreher, with only four riders managing a double-clear.

In ninth position was Rolex Testimonee, and the first and only winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Scott Brash, who had one fence down early in the jump-off round.

From 10-13 March the medieval city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch became the focal point for international show jumping as it staged four days of exceptional equestrian sport. Indoor Brabant’s long and distinguished history, combined with its long-term partnership with Rolex – which was extended in 2014 – has strengthened s’Hertogenbosch’s position at the top of the international indoor show jumping circuit.   In this 49th edition of the show, it combined both elite-level show jumping and dressage.

There were several top CSI5* jumping classes over the four days of competition, with the Rolex Grand Prix bringing the show to an exciting climax on Sunday evening.

Rolex Equestrian Testimonees Compete at ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Rolex Testimonees have taken the honours in the showpiece jumping class at Indoor Brabant on no less than four occasions since 2003. French rider Kevin Staut won the Rolex Grand Prix in 2014; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum took back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006; while Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and the legendary Baloubet du Rouet jumped to victory in 2003.

Four of Rolex’s Testimonees were competing in this year’s Grand Prix, including Rolex’s newest Testimonee, Scott Brash; Kevin Staut from France; Irish rider and Rolex’s youngest Testimonee, Bertram Allen; and leading Swiss rider and current Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat. Brash finished in the highest position, after making it to the jump-off but was unlucky in tipping one pole down dropping him down to finish in ninth position.

It was not to be for Guerdat as he rode a perfect clear jumping round, but picked up just one time penalty ruling him out of the jump-off. The Swiss champion will now be looking ahead to CHIO Aachen 2016 having triumphed in the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva in December 2015. Guerdat, who is currently the live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, is hoping to emulate the historic feat achieved by Scott Brash at Spruce Meadows in 2015.

World Class Dressage

As well as top class show jumping, Indoor Brabant played host to two days of world class dressage, including the ninth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage.

At the 2014 show, Rolex Testimonee Isabell Werth won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle events. Sadly due to a late injury to her prized horse Don Johnson, Werth was forced to withdraw from the competition.

The 2016 edition was won by Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) who steered Glock’s Flirt to a stylish victory.


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Ehning and Cornado Produce Sensational Win at Penultimate Longines Qualifier in Bordeaux

Marcus Ehning receives his prize of a Longines watch from Alain Henry, Longines France after the German rider won the penultimate qualifying leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League at Bordeaux, France tonight with Cornado NRW. Photo: FEI/Fred Chehu.

Bordeaux (FRA), 8 February 2014 – Germany’s Marcus Ehning cruised to victory with Cornado NRW tonight in the penultimate qualifying round of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014 Western European League series at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux in France.  Ehning’s horse, an 11-year-old son of his former super-star ride, Cornet Obolensky, was making his debut at this level of the sport but showed his extraordinary class when galloping home to snatch victory from the European Championship winning partnership of Roger Yves Bost and the brilliant mare Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois from France.

Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer steered his Zurich winner, Toulago, into third in the 13-horse jump-off while Ireland’s Billy Twomey and the veteran Tinka’s Serenade finished fourth ahead of Great Britain’s Michael Whitaker in fifth with Elle van de Kolmen.

Many riders were desperately chasing those elusive qualifying points for the Final tonight, and for fourth-placed Twomey and Britain’s Joe Clee who lined up sixth with Diablesse de Muze it was relief at last as they have now clearly made the cut.  However there are many more top riders still outside the top-18 qualification zone going into the last leg at Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks’ time where the pressure will be at boiling point.

Quality field

With a quality field of 37 that included 12 of the top 20 riders on the current Longines Rankings, course designer Uliano Vezzani was always going to face a challenge in weeding out the best from the rest tonight.  And for many, disappointment came in the shape of just a single first-round error over a track that had all the hallmarks of the Italian maestro.

It was neither complicated nor trappy, but many fences were at maximum height and each line needed to be accurately ridden to achieve the ultimate goal of a clear round.  There were no major bogey fences, with poles falling all around the course which started over a vertical and moved on a bending line to an oxer at fence two and a water-tray vertical at three before a turn-back to the vertical at four which invited riders to jump at an angle in order to get a quicker line to the oxer at five.  The two-stride opening distance in the triple combination was not over-generous so the following verticals quite often hit the floor before riders kicked on to the oxer at fence seven and the water-tray oxer at eight which was followed by a double – vertical to oxer – at nine.  A long left-handed sweep led to the oxer at fence ten and the vertical at 11 before riders turned down the long side of the arena one last time to be faced by tall, thin red planks and then the final oxer.

The only major drama of the first round was the retirement of Steve Guerdat and Nasa when things went awry at the double at nine.

Door wide open

Pathfinders against the clock were Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Cash who left the door wide open with two fences down.  The new track was all about turn-backs as it snaked its way through three looping lines across the ring. The turn from the oxer at fence two to the water-tray oxer at eight was pivotal to success, but Kutscher’s first mistake came at the following oxer after which riders had to circle right-handed back to the second two elements of the former triple combination which had now both been raised.  Then it was a left-handed circle to the vertical at fence four before the long gallop to the final oxer.

British rider Clee, who finished second in Zurich two weeks ago, set the first target when clear in 38.20 but, two horses later, Ireland’s Billy Twomey shaved more than two seconds off that to take the lead with a superb run from the veteran 17-year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade.  The French supporters were hoping Patrice Delaveau, winner of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping qualifiers at both Helsinki (FIN) and Leipzig (GER) this season, could deliver once again, but Carinjo HDC dropped a pole at the double of verticals three fences from home where Portugal’s Luciana Diniz and the fabulous Fit for Fun also faulted.

Pius Schwizer made no mistake however as he steered his Zurich winner, the nine-year-old Toulago, to snatch the advantage with a brilliant round in 35.83 seconds and that really put it up to the remaining combinations.  Ukraine’s Katharina Offel and Lacontino hit the penultimate vertical, and although Britain’s Michael Whitaker and Elle van de Kolmen were clean and clear their time of 37.37 wasn’t a threat to the leading pack.

But the round produced by the duo who claimed the individual title at the ECCO FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark last summer certainly was.  Roger Yves Bost set off at a cracking pace with his brave and brilliant mare and the French crowd jumped to their feet with delight when Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois galloped through the finish to re-set the target in 35.66 seconds.  It seemed now that it must be all over, and when Ludger Beerbaum’s Chiara caught the back bar of the oxer halfway around the track then there were only two between the Frenchman and those coveted maximum points.

Marcus Ehning can never be discounted however, and the three-time FEI World Cup Jumping champion set off on a mesmerising tour of the track with Cornado NRW picking up fractions of seconds at every turn despite his hugely extravagant jump to break the beam in 35.45 seconds – just 0.21 seconds quicker than Bost.  So when Ireland’s Cameron Hanley and Antello Z posted a clear in 39.39 it was done and dusted.  Ehning was delighted with the result.

First World Cup

“This was my first World Cup qualifier with this horse and I’m really happy, not just with the win but with how much the horse is improving,” said the 39-year-old rider who currently lies fourth on the Longines Rankings. “Over the last few months we have competed in three Grand Prix classes and finished third, second and first – he’s getting better and better all the time,” he added.

He couldn’t disguise his excitement at the potential of Cornado NRW after the big grey won a class in Verona, Italy last November when he described the stallion as “a special one”.  He said then, “We have been together now for two years, and he has more power, more quality and more gallop to show – it is important to take time to develop a horse like this.  He’s definitely one for the future.”  After his success tonight, it seems the future has already arrived.

When asked tonight if he thought Cornado would be his horse for the forthcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, Ehning replied, “I don’t know yet; I’m just happy with how things are right now,” but he has decided to take him to the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Lyon in April.  “I have three horses qualified for the Final but my first choice is Cornado,” Ehning pointed out.

Meanwhile Roger Yves Bost was stoic about finishing in runner-up spot. “Even though Marcus beat me I am happy because we did not go at full speed.  My objective today was to qualify for Lyon and we have done that so I am extremely pleased!  The plan is to take Myrtille to Lyon and also to the World Equestrian Games.  Nippon is also qualified for Lyon, but it is more likely that I will take Myrtille,” he explained.

Ehning has now overtaken Patrice Delaveau at the top of the Western European Leaderboard while Schwizer lies third ahead of Britain’s Scott Brash in fourth and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat in fifth.  The battle between those further down the line who are still in contention for a top-18 finishing spot in order to qualify for the Final will be at fever pitch when the action resumes at the last qualifying leg in Gothenburg on 2 March.

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The last qualifying leg in the Western European League will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on Sunday 2 March 2014.  For all information on the Swedish fixture, check out website www.goteborghorseshow.com or contact Press Officer Mayvor Thorin, Email mayvor.thorin@gotevent.se, Tel:+46 705 838 420.

Full result here.

Full standings here.

Facts and Figures:

Bordeaux, France presented the penultimate qualifying leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014 Western European League tonight.

37 starters from 15 countries, including 9 horse-and-rider combinations from the host nation of France.

Course designer was Italy’s Uliano Vezzani.

13 went into the jump-off against the clock.

A total of 12 riders picked up just four faults in the first round.

Winning rider was Germany’s Marcus Ehning with the 11-year-old grey stallion Cornado NRW, by Cornet Obolensky.

Tonight’s victory has promoted the German rider to the top of the Western European League leaderboard.

Runner-up was the reigning FEI European Championship winning partnership of Roger Yves Bost from France and the mare Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois.

12 of the top 20 riders in the current Longines Rankings competed in tonight’s qualifying leg.

The last qualifier in the Western European League series will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 2 March.


Marcus Ehning GER, when asked if he could compare Cornado NRW to his sire Cornet Obolensky – “They are both exceptional horses but they are very different.”

Marcus Ehning GER – “Cornado is getting faster and faster in his turns and that’s my kind of horse. I’m not normally fast in straight lines but I am quick on the turns.”

Marcus Ehning GER, when asked about a foal he won at Bordeaux a few years ago – “He is now five years old and is jumping in Young Horse classes with Maria Gretzer in Sweden.”

Marcus Ehning GER, during the press conference – “I would like to point out that we were not being disrespectful to the French public when we didn’t take off our hats during the prizegiving ceremony – we were just obeying the new rules.”

Pius Schwizer SUI, when asked to explain his recent success with his young horse Toulago – “This is a nine year old horse and I am a good rider who has been doing the job of producing good young horses for 20 years now.  That is my job!”

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 – Final Preview

Marcus Ehning (GER) celebrates being crowned Rolex FEI World Cup 2010 champion in Geneva (SUI) with joint runners up Pius Schwizer of Switzerland (left) and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany (right). Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI


Lausanne (SUI), 15 April 2011 – With less than two weeks to go to the Rolex FEI World Cup 2010/2011 Jumping Final in Leipzig (GER), excitement is at fever pitch and speculation is rife about whether defending champion Marcus Ehning or his German compatriot Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, can secure a historic fourth victory.

Just four riders have been three-time winners throughout the 32 seasons of this most prestigious indoor tournament, which brings together the leading competitors from 14 leagues staged all around the globe.

Two of those won’t make it to this year’s 33rd annual grand finale as Austria’s Hugo Simon, the first man to hold the coveted trophy aloft back in 1979 and winner again in 1996 and 1997, didn’t make the cut and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, who proved unbeatable between 1998 and 2000, has already said he won’t be making the trip to Leipzig.

That leaves only Ehning and Michaels-Beerbaum, members of Germany’s gold medal winning team at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and multiple champions in their own right, in contention for a record-breaking fourth success.

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 – Round 9, Zurich

Germany's Marcus Ehning, winner of today's ninth leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series in Zurich, Switzerland, is presented with a Rolex watch by Mr Pedro Reiser, Market Manager Rolex Switzerland. Photo: Katja Stuppia/FEI.


Zurich (SUI), 30 January 2011 – Marcus Ehning brought the German tally to five wins in the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series with a convincing victory riding Noltes Kuchengirl at the ninth leg in Zurich, Switzerland today.  In an exciting seven-way jump-off against the clock, the defending champion pipped British birthday boy, 28 year old Ben Maher riding the rejuvenated Robin Hood W, while Australia’s Edwina Alexander and Cevo Itot du Chateau finished third.

Remarkably, two Spanish riders made the cut into the jump-off and the first of these, Pilar Cordon, slotted into fourth when double-clear with Nuage Bleu while German superstars Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly had to settle for fifth with a single mistake against the clock.  Today’s result however has promoted Michaels-Beerbaum to runner-up spot in the Western European League standings which continue to be led by World No. 1 Kevin Staut from France whose first-round double-error proved costly today.

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Mares and Marcus Rule in Rio

Marcus Ehning. All photos by Lulu Kyriacou

Tonight’s two part class in Rio was a glowing tribute to mares as they filled the top four places in a fourteen horse jump off. The Prix Bradesco was a winning round class so the best 20% went through to the second round against the clock where all of them started on zero. There was another 125’000 in total prize money and this class was open to the national riders as well as the GCT ones so sixty horses were originally in the field.

The second phase later that evening was diminished by one when Ellen Whitaker was taken ill and could not jump off. Phillip Weishaupt started the ball rolling on dark bay Souvenir 29 and the pair set an excellent standard of 40.95. It did not like he had left much room for maneuver either. Billy Twomey on another mare Tinka’s Serenade was first to get past the German combination by just two tenths of a second, and then Roger Yves Bost, next in on his young mare Nifrane de Kreisker, removed a stride coming to the last and clipped a second off the Irishman’s time. This was looking unbeatable but you can never say never when the last to jump is Marcus Ehning. Riding his Sandro Boy sired Sabrina, a daring turn to the second last had the desired effect and his time of 39.63 was enough to give him another win on a mare who has barely been unplaced this season.

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