Quote of the Week
“The sport won’t be the same without you and I know I certainly won’t but it’s time to enjoy your well-earned retirement old girl. Thank you for the endless memories, Ursula.”
—Great Britain’s Scott Brash paying tribute to his longtime partner, Ursula XII. The 17-year-old mare retired sound and happy on Sunday after she and Brash finished 6th in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva.
- Scott Brash and Ursula XII in Geneva this weekend. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/ World of Showjumping
An Ovation for Ehning at CHI Geneva
Marcus Ehning & Pret A Tout (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
Marcus Ehning took home his second Rolex Masters win of the year (plus a not-so-shabby €250,000 bonus) in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva on Sunday riding the 15-year-old Selle Français gelding, Pret A Tout.
Ehning was in full-Ehning-mode in the second round of the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva, calling upon all of his powers of precision and track to eke out the win over Swiss hometown hero, Steve Guerdat, who finished just 0.45 seconds behind him on Albfuehren’s Bianca.
Also present: third-place finisher Darragh Kenny & Balou du Reventon, who led a star-studded jump-off field boasting the likes of Kent Farrington & Gazelle, Peder Fredricson & H&M All In, Harrie Smolders & Don VHP, and Ben Maher and Explosion W, among others.
"There's no secret," Ehning said simply after the class. "I'm only as good as my horses."
Ehning has won two of three Masters events this year at CHIO Aachen and CHI Geneva, with the Dutch Masters squarely in his sights in March 2019. It’s an event he’s won previously (in 2008, to be exact) and were he to take the win there again, the German rider would net an additional €500,000 bonus—plus a shot at infamy.
If Ehning wins in the Netherlands and then takes home a consecutive victory on his home turf in CHIO Aachen next summer (something he’s already done twice before), he’ll win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping and a €1 million bonus—an honor only achieved by one other rider, Scott Brash, in 2015.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Edwina Tops-Alexander (Again!) in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup – La Coruña
Yes, Australia’s leading lady was our round to watch last week, but she deserves to make headlines again after her second, consecutive win in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup class in La Coruña, Spain with the lightening-fast Vinchester. Check out the pair’s steely gallop to the final fence!
In the Headlines…
Adult Amateur struggles are real. Here’s why, for most of us, it doesn’t matter.
(c) Lauren Maudlin/Plaid Horse
It’s a commonly known fact that many #PonyFreak kids grow up to become #PonyFreak adults, and while just about everything (aches and pains, horse stress and bills, etc.) gets harder with age, few of us give up the struggle. Lauren Maudlin explains why.
'Tis the SeasonTeddy the Shetland, in Three Acts
(c) Horse and Hound
He may be cute. He may be cuddly. But Teddy the Shetland is also a very serious auteur. The beloved, U.K.-based pony stars in a new ad for the Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival this month, and he's reenacting a few of his favorite Christmas films for the occasion. God bless us, everyone.
This Just In...
Eric Lamaze will sit out the remainder of the fall season.
Due to health concerns, Canada’s Eric Lamaze announced on social media this week that he will be sitting out the remainder of the fall tour, including one of his favorite shows, CHI Geneva. Lamaze did not indicate when he hopes to return to competition, but offered his thanks to Rolex for their support of this world-class event (get well soon, Eric!).
One More Reason You’re Going to Miss Ursula XII
As Scott Brash says so eloquently in his recent Ursula tribute, the sport won’t be the same without her. But there’s one more reason why we’ll miss this show jumping superstar: her epic nap & roll sessions (see here and here). Thankfully, Team Brash hooked us up with one more video from the road this week and it’s undoubtedly the mare’s best snooze session yet. We hope your retirement is full of long siestas, Ursula! You’ve earned them.