German federal coach Otto Becker has found his team for the World Equestrian Games. Three members of the team Herning have made it again into the team: Christian Ahlmann with Codex One, Ludger Beerbaum with Chiara and Daniel Deußer with Cornet D’Amour or First Class van Eeckelghem. Also Marcus Ehning with Cornado I or Plot Blue is on the team. First reserve is Marco Kutscher with Liberty Son, second reserve Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II.
Ludger Beerbaum and the eleven year old Holstein grey mare Chiara v. Contender/Coronado were already last year in the silver team in Herning and placed on six in the individual ranking. Now the mare is matured over the year – they have all chances.
Daniel Deußer was – for the first time – rider on an international championship team last year in Herning – and finished on a fifth place with Cornet D’Amour as the best German. The two-times German Champion also won Silver in Herning and is this year not only selected with the eleven year old grey gelding Cornet d’Amour, but also with the eleven year old Belgian gelding First Class van Eeckelghem by Balou du Rouet.
At the beginning of the season Christian Ahlmann and Codex One surely were not the first choice of Otto Becker, but with the win in the Grand Prix of Aachen the combination proved once again, what they’re made of. The success in the Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard showed furthermore, that both are in top condition.
Now it’s time that both demonstrate their quality on a Championship. The 12th place in Herning was a significant improvement to the London Olympic Games with it’s early drop out, but the Hanoverian stallion has more potential.
Marcus Ehning competes as the team title defender in Normandy. Four years ago in Kentucky he already rode Plot Blue who is selected again. The 17 year old KWPN is a reliable “long-runner”.
But with the ten year old Westfalian stallion Cornado I Ehning has a strong rival in his own stables. Who is the one to compete in France?
It wasn’t enough for Marco Kutscher and Liberty Son to make it into the team. In the past the eleven year old gelding and the former jockey of Ludger Beerbaum showed many good rounds, but even Kutscher hadn’t expected a place in the top four. But with four horses and riders it can happen a lot – and then Kutscher will be professionell enough to replace another combination.
Fotos: Karl-Heinz Frieler