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Ehning and Van Asten open with wins in Rotterdam

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Marcus Ehning with Sabrina - here in Cannes 2012. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning and Leopold van Asten both opened up the CSIO5* show in Rotterdam with each their win on Thursday. Marcus won the biggest class of the day – a 1.55 class with a jump-off – riding Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel). The jump-off had no less than nineteen riders in it, and was full of fast names. In the end it was the German perfectionist who had the fastest clear though in a time of 41.66 seconds. In runner-up position followed Sergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle) who stopped the clock on 41.68 – the tiniest of margins behind the winning couple. Third was Marcus' protégé Bertram Allen on Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor) in the time of 41.90 seconds. Fastest of all was Penelope Leprevost in 40.95, but the French rider had one down and fell down the result list.

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The 1.45 class went to home rider Leopold van Asten riding VDL Groep Amelie (Luidam). Leopold was clear in both phases and had a time of 30.81, leaving another Dutch rider behind him; Leon Thijssen riding Quintera (Kannan x Quick Star) in 31.08. Third place went to Holly Gillott on Vinny Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x Santa's Sleigh).

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