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The boys are the Best of Champions in Aachen

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Marcus Ehning and Comme il faut were part of the winning team. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After outclassing the girls in the first round of the Best of Champions in Aachen, there was no question who was going to win the two round competition. With a clean sheet in round one, there was a sea of time difference between the two teams ahead of the relay in round two. The men were strong in force with Steve Guerdat on Qui Vive de la Tour (Helios De La Cour Ii x Rif Du Crocq), Kent Farrington on Blue Angel (Luidam x Ascendant) , Marcus Ehning on Comme il faut 5 (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro), Ludger Beerbaum on Carinou (Carinue x Balou Du Rouet), Ben Maher on Diva II (Kannan x Berlioz) and Scott Brash on Hello Sunshine (Diamant de Semilly x Hardi) all delivering first clear rounds.

It opened up well for the women with Katrin Eckermann going clear on Olivia La Sweet (Oklund x Ircolando), but then there was no luck as Janika Sprunger had one down and Reed Kessler retired after a bad jump at the oxer at number four. Katharina Offel's clear round on Pin Up Ouistreham (Jarnac x Kessel II) did not help much as also Luciana Diniz and Penelope Leprevost picked up faults.

For the second round all riders and horses enter the arena at the same time and lined up in the order of their relay, with the teams competing against each other simultaneously over two identical courses. The difference in points of the teams after the first round was converted into seconds – delaying the start and therefore handicapping the female team in such a way that they did not get going with Katrin Eckermann before Steve Guerdat was way ahead and jumping the fourth fence. It was nothing the girls could do with the boys no matter how hard they tried, and the boys were the Best of Champions!

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