Marcus Ehong , Pret A ToutCredit : CHIO Aachen
Monday 23 July - 07h48 | CHIO Aachen
Marcus Ehning, somewhat quiet of late, delivered when it a mattered yesterday and won the Rolerx Grand Prix of Aachen in from of his adoring home fans at CHIO Aachen yesterday. Riding Pret A Tout, this was the German maestro's second victory in the class. Luciana Dinitz and Pedro Veniss completed the podium.
Luciana DinitzCredit : CHIO Aachen
Marcus Ehning riding Pret A Tout, as horse and rider produced three exceptional clear rounds in the highlight of CHIO Aachen, the Rolex Grand Prix. Second place went to Luciana Diniz (POR) riding Fit For Fun 13 and third place to Pedro Veniss (BRA) riding Quabri De l’Isle.Highly respected course designer of 40 years, Frank Rothenberger, assembled an impressive first round with 13 obstacles, reaching up to 1.70 metres. “It’s a very tough course this year, there will be two rounds with a tricky jump-off too, we have built a course almost to the maximum that we can build, so it should be very interesting”, Rothenberger commented. The towering course appeared intimidating, and one capacity height jump certainly proved too challenging for some, however the roster of riders tackled the course with confidence, power and determination. This thrilling round resulted in 11 clears, and 18 pairs moved into round two with an enraptured crowd looking on.Successful riders included Rolex Testimonees Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Eric Lamaze (CAN), who both produced daring rounds to secure their places.Veniss headed straight to the top of the leader board after he made his way steadily around the course. Cheered on by the patriotic home crowd, Germany’s Marcus Ehning sailed around the ring and into the jump-off. Despite fearless riding, Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze had two fences down, including the last Rolex obstacle after gently clipping the top. Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat demonstrated his confidence and experience as he produced another fantastic clear aboard Bianca. Joining Ehning and Guerdat was Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz, who was looking to better her second place in the Rolex Grand Prix for the last two years.
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