Seven horses sprinted for the money in the jump-off of the $77,447 Moneymaxx Grand Prix of D?orf, but Marcus Ehning came out the victor at the D?orf Masters CSI held in D?orf, Germany, April 1-3.
Ehning and the 12-year-old, Oldenburg stallion Sandro Boy, last year's winners of the Sunday grand prix, were last to ride in the jump-off. They flew around Frank Rothenberger's course, cutting the turns more sharply than Rene Tebbel, who took second place aboard Quel Homme 3 (by Quidam de Revel). Ehning won in 31.75 seconds, .11 seconds faster than the runner-up.
During the fifth renewal of the Stadl Paura CDI***, March 24-28 at the picturesque former stallion depot near Wels in Upper Austria, Ulla Salzgeber's Wall Street celebrated a brilliant comeback, winning the Grand Prix (72.33%) and Grand Prix Special (73.68%).
With these wins, the 15-year-old, Russian gelding continued where he had left off before his one-year absence from the sport. In February of 2004 he had won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix freestyle at Bremen (Germany).
After winning the $129,436 World Cup qualifier at the 's-Hertogenbosch CSI-W (the Netherlands), March 17-20, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum will have will have another chance at the title she and Shutterfly nearly won in last year's FEI World Cup Final.
In the 12th of 13 qualifiers to be held before the final in Las Vegas, Nev., in April, Frank Rothenberger built a course over which time was a very decisive factor. Out of 38 starters, just two Dutch and two German riders advanced to the jump-off.
The International Frankfurt Festhallen Horse Show (Germany) ended with quite a sensation on Dec. 19. In the International Mitsubishi Cup Grand Prix, Germany's two-time European Champion Christian Ahlmann aboard Zeno 5 and Dutch rider Wout-Jan van der Schans aboard Broere VDL Atlantic both posted clear jump-off rounds in 36.14 seconds. For this unusual situation, sponsor Mitsubishi pulled a second car out off its pockets.
Sweden's Jan-Erik Pålsson became the surprise winner of the World Cup class for four-in-hand drivers at the CAI's-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands), March 20. Everyone had expected his compatriot, two-time individual World Champion Tomas Eriksson, to take the win, but he finished fourth.
In the seventh of 13 stops on the way to the FEI World Cup Final at the end of April, Britain's Nick Skelton won $28,785 aboard the 11-year-old, Oldenburg stallion Arko III in the $115,479 Wernesgr?rand Prix CSI-W, held Jan. 23 in Leipzig, Germany.
German dressage team coach Holger Schmezer had high praise for reigning World Champion Nadine Capellmann's ride aboard Elvis in the unofficial German championship for 7- to 9-year-old horses at the international Frankfurt Festhallen Horse Show (Germany), Dec. 18. "A world champion aboard a horse of world champion quality in a performance worthy of a world champion," he said.
With a sensational ride, Martin Schaudt and the 9-year-old Weltall took victory in the Kampmann Cup German Dressage Master with a new top score for the Grand Prix Special of 80.92 percent. Their piaffe and passage was nearly unbeatable, as were the trot extensions; these movements received several scores of 10.
The 20th title, contested Nov. 18-21 in Stuttgart, Germany, has been won in the past by such prestigious riders as Margit Otto-Crepin, Nicole Uphoff, Isabell Werth and Ulla Salzgeber, but marked just the second victory by a male rider.