Marcus Ehning will say goodbye to his amazing 16-year-old show jumper Comme il faut on Saturday night at the European Championships in Riesenbeck. “Comme il faut was born in Ludger Beerbaum’s stables, he is also the breeder. So it is hard to think of a more dignified environment to say goodbye to him than here,” Marcus Ehning told spring-reiter.de. The stallion (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro Z) will be fully used for breeding. The German website spring-reiter.de spoke with Ehning about the farewell of Comme il faut. Whether he is sad about the end of a great sporting career together? “I am grateful that I was allowed to ride such a horse,” he said. Saying goodbye is of course also difficult for Ehning, “but I already have a lot of experience with saying goodbye to horses from the sport.”
Marcus Ehning and Comme il faut were a real dream team. Especially impressive was the ease and joy with which the stallion completed each course and thrilled the audience under his top rider. Together, they achieved several victories and high placings in Grand Prix’s top rankings in the Global Champions Tour and world cup. A joint highlight was the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam, where Ehning and the stallion became European vice-champion with the German team and finished fifth in the individual ranking.
Comme il faut’s career started very early, with his breeder Ludger Beerbaum. Beerbaum made his breakthrough in the sport with Comme il faut’s dam Ratina Z. The pair won, among other things, Olympic gold medals. Comme il faut was born in 2005. Two years later, the stallion was grudgingly approved by the Westphalian studbook. Who would want to use such a small stallion? After all, he was barely 1.60m tall. But he – just like his dam Ratina, wanted to succeed at all costs.
But the stallion more than lived up to all expectations, in sport and in breeding. He concluded his 70-day test as a young stallion with a jumping index of 140.25 points and was subsequently a series winner in competitions for young jumpers, including qualifications for the Bundeschampionat under Franz-Josef Dahlmann. He was not only vice-Bundeschampion but also a vice-world champion of the young jumpers in 2010. Meanwhile, many of his offspring are active in the international sport. Comme il faut is ranked high in the HorseTelex rankings B, C and D.
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