“Simply in a good mood!” - Marcus Ehning relies on experience in the fight for the championship

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Daniel Deußer rides in Riesenbeck for the first time, Christian Ahlmann comes with a world champion.


The national trainer of the show jumping riders Otto Becker only has to drive a few kilometers from home in order to be able to examine all of his protégés in one fell swoop. When the International German Championships take place at Riesenbeck International from December 3rd to 6th, the best German riders are at the start.


For the first time, Daniel Deußer, who lives in Belgium and is currently third in the Longines World Rankings, is a participant. "I'm really happy to welcome Daniel to our place," says Ludger Beerbaum. In addition to organizing the tournament, the host also finds time to get into the saddle himself. However, the Nations Cup record holder has not been a candidate for Otto Becker's team since he stepped down from the national team in 2016. For the trainer, the appearances of Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning, Maurice Tebbel, but also the rides of the members of the perspective squad are important.


Ahlmann brings his Black Beauty, the nine-year-old Zangersheide stallion Solid Gold Z, to the Surenburg as a championship horse. The former world champion of young show jumpers is one of his most successful horses this season, which was so different from what everyone wanted. “He’s best when he gets going from zero to 100 and this fits in very well with this tournament,” the rider from Marl explains his choice of horse. Two penalties/time classes are on the program, in which international superstars like world number one Steve Guerdat from Switzerland, Kevin Staut (France), Olivier Philippaerts, Denis Lynch (Ireland) and other top-class riders compete. After that, the best twelve German (men)riders will compete for the German Champion 2020. "Solid Gold Z is a sporty, fast horse, he’s in good shape," says the rider.


Ahlmann's rider, Angelique Rüsen, who competes in the women's championship, relies on her eleven-year-old Westphalian gelding Atze, with whom she had very good experiences in the large hall in Riesenbeck. At the beginning of October the couple won the big tour at the Riesenbeck International Indoors.


Marcus Ehning relies on the highly experienced 17 year old gray stallion Cornado NRW in the battle for the championship sash. “He's just in a good mood,” says his rider in a nutshell. If someone says that, then you can expect good sport!