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Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW win the Grand Prix in Herning

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW en route to victory in Herning. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Marcus Ehning won the three star Grand Prix in Herning on the lovely grey stallion Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat). Together with fourteen other riders Marcus went on to the jump-off after riding clears in the first round. The German rider was first to go in the jump-off, and put some real pressure on those to come when he produced one of his trade mark tremendous round.  Marcus got a super forward distance on the line with the third and the fourth fence, and then followed up with a great turn to the next vertical before he went inside to the penultimate combination and galloped on to the final oxer – crossing the finish line 42.02 seconds.

None of those to come could catch him, and a lot of faults occurred when Marcus’ competitors tried to catch his time. The next three to go in the ring - Steve Guerdat, Pius Schwizer and Juan Carlos Garcia - all did mistakes. Vladimir Beletsky was next to go clear though, and on Mats´ Up du Plessis (Verdi x Jalisco B) he went into second on 43.43 where he stayed to the end of the class. Then followed Olivier Philippaerts on Denver van T Goemanshof (Vigo d´Arsouilles x Heartbreaker), and also he went clear with a nice and smooth round to slot into third on the time 43.46. The remaining riders could not catch this trio, who ended up on top.

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