Marcus Ehning and Sandro Boy were back in the winner circle at s’HERTOGENBOSCH, Holland after winning the 12th and final leg of the FEI World Cup.
With a stunning performance the 2006 series champions pipped fellow-German partnership Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate for pole position while Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Ninja la Silla finished third – and the delight on Ehning’s face told the whole story.
Marcus & Sandro Boy haven’t had the greatest of seasons since winning the 2006 World Cup Final in KL.
Sandro Boy’s length of stride is so enormous that where other riders had to push for those six early strides between the first two fences Ehning was holding steady down the same line. “Normal distances are short for him so a line like that is easy” the rider explained afterwards. He knew that the jump-off track would suit his horse “because I could be careful on the first part and then move on to the last” he pointed out.
A superbly short turn to the double at the half-way stage shaved further fractions off the target and, with the clock showing 31.61 seconds as he cruised home, he knew he had produced something special – his big, broad grin showing exactly how he was feeling.
For those who haven’t seen his final round in KL, here it is.
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