May 3, 2006 -- In a rare show of emotion Germany's Marcus Ehning threw his arms around the 13-year-old bay stallion Sandro Boy's neck and punched the air in delight after claiming the FEI World Cup Jumping trophy for the second time in his career at the Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 30.
The world's No. 1 rider and his mount were clear through four rounds of show jumping and handily took the victory without a jump-off.
"He's an unbelievable horse" 32-year-old Ehning said, "it doesn't matter to him where he finds himself--how short he is to a fence, how long he is or how big the fence is, he just jumps it and the feeling is unbelievable."
Ireland's Jessica Kuerten fought Ehning every inch of the way and finished just one point behind. Switzerland's Beat Mändli finished in third, with Italy's Juan Carlos Garcia in fourth.
Margie Engle and Quervo Gold finished 11th as the highest-placing American duo.
FEI World Cup Jumping Final Results
1. Sandro Boy, Marcus Ehning (GER), 0 (after Round Two)/0 (Round Three, First Trip)/0 (Round Three, Second Trip)=0
2. Castle Forbes Libertina, Jessica Kuerten (IRE), 1/0/0=1
3. Ideo du Thot, Beat Mändli (SUI), 0/0/4=4
4. Loro Piana Albin III, Juan Carlos Garcia (ITA), 6/0/0=6
5. Checkmate, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), 4/0/4=8
6. Insul Tech Portofino 63, Michael Whitaker (GBR), 10/0/0=10
7. Mac Kinley 3, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), 4/4/4=12
8. Hofgut Liederbach's Abrisca, Pia-LuiseAufrecht (GER), 13/0/0=13
8. Eurocommerce Milano, Gerco Schroeder (NED), 9/4/0=13
10. Aboyeur W, Heinrich Hermann Engemann (GER), 6/4/4=14
11. Quervo Gold, Margie Engle (USA), 10/8/0=18
12. Novesta, Gunnar Klettenberg (EST), 7/8/8=23
13. Judgement, Beezie Madden (USA), 16/4/4=24
13. Cyrenaika FRH, Phillipe Leoni (FRA), 8/4/12=24
15. JPC Modesto Equifoam, Jean-Marc Nicolas (FRA), 17/5/4=26
16. Anthem, Laura Kraut (USA), 15/4/8=27
17. Secret Love, Alison Firestone (USA), 14/12/8=34
18. Camaron Hills Shanroe, Richard Spooner (USA), 16/8/16=40
23. Suncal's King, Joie Gatlin (USA), 22/27/ - = 49