Germany's Johannes Ehning had a great day in Wellington earning both the first and fifth place prizes in the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic on Thursday. Fifty-one entries showed over the speed course with fourteen clear rounds. Ehning took the winner's share with Winley Farm's Cayenne 162 with the fastest clear round in 58.67 seconds.
Reed Kessler (USA) finished second with Onisha in 59 seconds flat, and Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Jane F. Clark's Vicomte D placed third in 61.40 seconds. Fourth place went to Australia's Matt Williams and Bolero Van't Heike with a time of 61.99 seconds. Ehning also earned the fifth place prize aboard Oscar Du Rozel, owned by Equestrian Sport GMBH, stopping the clock in 62.56 seconds.
Ehning's winning mount, Cayenne 162, is a nine-year-old Westphalian mare by Marco Kutscher's famous stallion Cornet Obolensky, and her damsire is Gonfaron. Ehning has had the mare for three years, and explained that she is very talented, but can be difficult to ride and has taught him a lot.
"Cayenne is a really special mare; the difficult thing with her is to ride the course," Ehning stated. "She is really hot blooded and a little bit strange to ride, but she has a super mind and she is really a fighter. She is always turning left, right; she is never straight," he detailed. "She has her own way to make it. In the end, she has taught me to just go with it and not put it away because she is really fighting; that is a really good thing from her."
Oscar Du Rozel is a ten-year-old Selle Francais stallion by Dollar Du Murier x Narcos II. As challenging as Cayenne can be, Ehning explained that Oscar is the complete opposite. "Oscar is a whole different story," he stated. "He is good to ride; he is super relaxed in the head. He is the other side from Cayenne. He is also a fighter for sure, but he is really simple to ride. You can put a kid on him and he is super easy."
Ehning was a part of Germany's winning team in the FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm during week eight of the FTI WEF. He acknowledged that as the main reason for coming to compete in Wellington this year, but has also been here two years before.
"The Nations Cup brought me back this year for sure. We had the team from Germany and I spoke with one friend of ours, Dietmar Gugler, who has many contacts here. Also, one owner for me lived fifteen years in America and they came to Wellington the whole time. She moved all of her horses to me five years ago and she really likes to go here, so we decided to plan it every two years. I enjoy it here," Ehning said. "It is completely different to Europe. The weather is great. To make it four or five weeks is really, really great."
Final Results: $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic FEI
1. CAYENNE 162: 2003 Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Gonfaron
JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Winley Farm LLC: 0/58.67
2. ONISHA: 1999 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Athlet Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/59.00
3. VICOMTE D: 1998 BWP gelding by Flamenco Desemilly x Randell Z
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Jane F. Clark: 0/61.40
4. BOLERO VAN'T HEIKE: 2001 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Polidiktus Vd Helle x Major De La Cour
MATT WILLIAMS (AUS), Matt Williams: 0/61.99
5. OSCAR DU ROZEL: 2002 Selle Francais stallion by Dollar Du Murier x Narcos II
JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Equestrian Sports GmbH & Co.KG: 0/62.56
6. ULTIMO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Marlon x Laroche
HECTOR FLORENTINO (DOM), Stransky's Mission Farm: 0/63.90
7. LEONITAS: 2001 stallion by Leone x Zeus
DAVID MCPHERSON (GBR), David McPerson & M/M Mutter: 0/65.83
8. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Springfield Showjumpers: 0/67.77
9. CHE GUEVARA 17: 2001 Holsteiner stallion by Concept x Rebel Z
JORG OPPERMANN (GER), Heinz Eufinger: 0/68.09
10. QUIRINUS: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Quantum x Cornetto
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Familien Kinneson: 0/70.73
11. CARMENA Z: 2000 Zangersheide stallion by Carthago Z x Irco Mena
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables, LLC: 0/71.37
12. VANDAVID: 2002 KWPN stallion by Madison x Voltaire
CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables: 0/71.50
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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