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FEI World Cup Jumping News - Marcus and For Pleasure Get it Right in Leipzig….

In what was probably the toughest leg of the 2003/2004 FEI World Cup series to date, Germany’s Marcus Ehning and For Pleasure claimed pole position and collected the 21,250 Euro first prize in Leipzig today.

The massive course designed by Frank Rothenberger proved too great a challenge for all but seven of the 38 starters and Lars Nieberg led the way against the clock with Adlantus As FRH but left the door open with one fence down in 38.60 seconds.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly were almost one second quicker but also left a pole on the floor, so it was the careful clear round produced by the French partnership of Jean-Marc Nicolas and JPC Modesto which provided the target for the remaining four runners.

Franke Sloothaak also opted for caution but collected four faults in the slow time of 40.23 seconds but Jessica Kurten and Quibell, the promising 10 year old mare which the German-based Irish rider hopes will take her to Athens this summer, were giving it their best shot when hitting the first element of the penultimate double which proved the bogey fence in the jump-off.

Second-last to go, Marcus played the percentage game – "I saw a few of the others go and I knew the only clear round was not too fast so I decided not to go too crazy" he said – but his time was still good as he cleared the line in 38.47 seconds with all the fences still intact.

Fellow-German rider Toni Hassmann had enjoyed great success with Lomitas and Lolita in the Audi Cup Youngsters Qualifiers over the previous few days and, having finished runner-up behind Otto Becker and Grandilot in Friday’s World Cup Preliminary competition could have fancied his chances when last into the ring with Camirez B. Once more however a single error proved costly and he had to settle for sixth place behind Kurten while Nieberg finished fourth, Michaels-Beerbaum third and Nicolas slotted into second position.

Marcus, 29 years old from Sudlohne in Germany, was particularly pleased to have won this leg of the series for several reasons, not least of which was the fact that the course was, as he said, "Big, Big, Big!".

"Frank Rothenberger also built the track in London in December – the jump-off there was very fast but the fences were nothing like as big as they were today – this was a huge track and technical as well but high fences are no problem for my horse, although this was the highest track I have ever jumped with him indoors" he added.

He had been disappointed when beaten by the smallest of margins by Helena Weinberg at the Qualifier in Olympia in London and blamed himself for that defeat but he had nothing to regret this time around as the grand old stallion, so aptly named For Pleasure, showed once more why he is already a legend in his own lifetime.

"As I said in London, For Pleasure will jump only in the early part of this year because I want to save him as a possible ride for the Olympics so Anka will be my choice if I go to the World Cup Final and will do most of the summer jumping for me" Marcus explained. He feels he should have at least two horses in contention for Athens and although he has expressed some reservations about competing the 18 year old For Pleasure, who took him to team glory and individual fourth at the Sydney Games, in the heat of the Greek summer he is keeping his options open.

The points earned today promote Marcus to ninth on the FEI World Cup Leaderboard which is still headed by Belgium’s Jos Lansink followed by Dutchman Eric Van der Vleuten in second and Germany’s Marco Kutscher and Helena Weinberg in third and fourth.

With just six legs of the series remaining the pressure is steadily increasing, and Amsterdam next weekend promises some sharp action as riders further down the leaderboard attempt to make their mark in the second half of the series.

Result: 1, For Pleasure (Marcus Ehning) Ger 0/0 38.47; 2, JPC Modesto (Jean Marc Nicolas) Fra 0/0 41.75; 3, Shutterfly (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) Ger 0/4 37.86; 4, Adlantus As FRH (Lars Nieberg) Ger 0/4 38.60; 5, Quibell (Jessica Kurten) Irl 0/4 38.64; 6, Camirez B (Toni Hassmann) Ger 0/4 38.67; 7, Sundance K (Franke Sloothaak) Ger 0/4 40.23; equal 8, Sails Away (Sebastian Numminen) Fin, Cagliostro (Niklas Arvidsson) Swe 1 fault; equal 10, Pro Pilot 11 (Edouard Couperie) Fra, Argelith Stakkato (Eva Bitter) Ger, Qerly Chin (Christophe Barbeau) Sui, Equest Carnute (Thomas Velin) Den, Polyfee (Lutz Gripshover) Ger, Candy (Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst) Ger, V&L De Sjiem (Jeroen Dubbeldam) Ned, Delon VA (Cayetano Martinez de Irujo) Esp, HBC Lando (Julia Kayser) Aut 4 faults.


1. Jos Lansink – 57

Eric Van der Vleuten – 51
Marco Kutscher – 50
Helena Weinberg – 47
Thomas Velin – 46
Michael Whitaker – 45
Ludo Philippaerts – 42
Peter Wylde – 38
Marcus Ehning – 37
Bruno Broucqsault and Malin Baryard – 36.
For further information on the show at Leipzig you should contact Kerstan Media Networking at Mobile: ++49 430 782 7970 or Email: Show Secretary is Andrea Kairat – Email: and President/Show Director is Volker Wulff – Email: You can find all the results from Leipzig at website:

The next leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands next Sunday, February 1. For all information contact Jumping Amsterdam at Email: or visit website: Show President/Director and Press Officer is Chris van Dam – mobile: ++31 6539 33150, Email:


1, Helsinki - 19 October; 2, Oslo - 26 October; 3, Verona - 9 November; 4, Berlin - 16 November; 5, Geneva - 7 December; 6, Olympia, London - 21 December; 7, Mechelen - 30 December; 8, Leipzig - 25 January; 9, Amsterdam - 1 February; 10, Bordeaux - 7 February; 11, Vigo - 14 February; 12, Paris - 6 March; 13, s'Hertogenbosch - 28 March; 14, Gothenburg - 11 April. Final in Milan - 21-25 April.

BIOGRAPHIES on riders competing in the FEI World Cup series are available

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FEI World Cup jumping has entered its 26th year. The series, created in 1978, today comprises 12 leagues on all continents. The best riders from over 100 World Cup preliminary competitions will qualify for the Final in Milan (ITA) from 21 to 25 April 2004. The title-holder is Markus Ehning (GER). The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is
the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and includes 130 National Federations.

Equestrian sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. It is one of the very few sports in which men and women compete on equal terms. It is also the only sport which involves two athletes - horse and rider - and the FEI has relentlessly concerned itself with the welfare of the horse.


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