Interview: Marcus “The Master” Ehning – Rolex Grand Prix Winner & Current Rolex Grand Slam Contender

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Jumping Legend Marcus Ehning Wins the Rolex Grand Prix & Becomes the New Rolex Grand Slam Live Contender

Germany’s Marcus Ehning road a masterclass in the jump-off aboard Pret A Tout to win the Rolex Grand Prix and his second Major of the year. Fifth-to-go, Ehning shaved over three seconds off the time set by World No.1 Harrie Smolders and produced a time that was impossible to beat. Much to the delight of the home crowd, Steve Guerdat and Albfuehren’s Bianca were clear but had to settle for second place, finishing just .45 seconds behind the eventual winners.

How did your ride feel tonight?

I am really happy with my performance and with my horse. I thought it was an amazing course with the right winner! Last time I was in this position was for the World Cup™ Final, so quite a few years ago, and I am very happy to be back here again. The victory feels like an early Christmas present.

Pret A Tout has performed so well this year, can you talk about your relationship with him?

This horse is so clever and has such good experience. He is very powerful and a very good jump-off horse. It is easy for him to leave strides out and he always manages the turns.

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Did you feel the jump-off course suited you?

I thought the course was really good, it wasn’t too crazy, it was quite technical and asked a lot of questions, which I like. It felt like a very full course and I thought that if I did everything to the best of my ability I would be in with a good chance.

All the riders say they don’t know what your secret is, can you tell us what it is? How do you go so fast?

I am only as good as my horses, I have been around a long time so have a lot of experience which helps. Steve (Guerdat) is very fast, he still has a few years to catch up with me. I thought his jump-off in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was incredible. I don’t think I have a secret, I just ride the way I do and make sure I have the best horses.

Looking ahead to the next Major, The Dutch Masters, will you be focusing on the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping now?

I have been competing for a long time, and I know that you can’t get too ahead of yourself. We will take each day as it comes and see what position we are in early next year.

Source: Press release from Rolex Grand Slam

Photo: © Rolex Kit Houghton

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