London, England – December 17, 2022 – The action started early at the London International Horse Show CSI 5* and the first FEI-level class of the day, €25,500 The Snowflake Stakes CSI 5*-W, was won by Marcus Ehning (GER) riding Calanda (Calido I x Chasseur I).
The 1.50m class was run over two rounds, with the top 10 from the first round going through to a jump-off. Britain’s Matthew Sampson (GBR) set the target aboard Django Blue (Chacco-Blue x Grandilot) as first ones to go in the second round, jumping clear in 34.31 seconds, however his lead was quickly usurped by Belgium’s Jos Verloy (BEL).
The Belgian would finish second with Varoune (Verdi TN x Cardalme) due to their fault-free round in 34.01 seconds.
Those who followed came close, with less than a second separating the leaders, however Germany’s Marcus Ehning (GER) took it to a new level, posting a clear in a time of 33.10 seconds with just one rider to go. The final rider to take to the arena, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA)– a notably quick rider – gave it everything to better Ehning’s time, however with four faults at the last fence slipped down to seventh.
The former London International Horse Show Grand Prix winner said: “I was very happy with my round today, all the people cheering me on always gives me huge motivation to push further and get the win. The crowd is amazing, the Show is amazing, they do a great job here and I’m so happy to be here.”
Final Results – €25,500 The Snowflake Stakes CSI 5*-W
1) Marcus Ehning (GER) & Calanda – 0 / 0 – 33.10
2) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & Varoune – 0 / 0 –34.01
3) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Django Blue – 0 / 0 – 34.31
Source: Press Release by Niki McEwen / Revolution World for The London International Horse Show
Photo: © LIHS / Louie Gonzalez