German Marcus Ehning was the winner of second FEI event at the Longines CSI5* Basel, leaving Bryan Balsiger of Switzerland in second place. (Photo © CSI Basel)
German rider Marcus Ehning got his first 2018 FEI victory, dominating the Prize of Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG speed class.
Closing the first day of Longines CSI5* Basel in Switzerland, Marcus Ehning of Germany stopped the clock in 62.08 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Pret A Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy) owned by Marcus Ehning and Ruth Krech.
The course designed by German Frank Rothenberger had in this opportunity 57 pairs showing their skills in speed, but none managed to overcome Marcus Ehning, who was awarded 50 World Ranking Points with his victory.
For second place the home rider Bryan Balsiger accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Clouzot de Lassus (Ugano Sitte x Tenor Manciais) finished in 64.16 seconds, followed in third place by Michael Whitaker of Great Britain in 64.27 seconds with 12-year-old mare JB’s Hot Stuff (Locarno 62 x Cavalier Royale).
The Swiss take charge of forth and fifth place for crowd joy at CSI Basel, where world number 13 Martin Fuchs recorded a time of 64.64 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Cool and Easy (Contender x Riverman) and Janika Sprunger finished fifth with the 13-year-old stallion Aris Cms (BMC Nassau x Amethist).
For the Pan American Ranking American rider Andrew Kocher knocked down a pole to occupy the 23rd place accompanied by 17-year-old gelding Navalo de Poheton (Cumano x Double Espoir) in 63.08 seconds and by Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil totaled 13 fouls in 52nd place with the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines).