Michael Whitaker controversial victory at Olympia Grand Prix.

In what ended up being a controversial end to the disqualification of the winner of Ireland Bertram Allen, Whitaker of Britain was benefited him to his audience. (Photo © John Stroud / FEI)


Finishing an unbeatable field by the 20 year old Irish Bertram Allen decreed that the winner of the Olympia Grand Prix that distributed 100,000 Euros was disqualified and Michael Whitaker keep the victory.

The controversy erupted when it was revised the horse of Allen, Quiet Easy (Quidams Rubin x Zapateado) who had a tiny cut with the spurs on the left side of the issue, but the judge appreciated that it was large enough to implement Article 242.3.1 of the FEI and thus be disqualified. This situation severely criticized not only by the participants of the evidence to support the young rider, but also a lot of sports professionals who have given clear sign of dissatisfaction with the application of that article.

That was how the British Michael Whitaker who finished in second place, going to be the winner with 13-years old gelding Viking (Jacomar x Almox Prints) with time of 32.05 seconds, almost two seconds above what marked by Allen, soon to be followed by three German riders, owners of second, third and fourth place.

The German star Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara (Contender x Coronado) a 12-years old mare owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze were second stopping the clock at 32.09 seconds, while third place was Marcus Ehning and the horse Chin Gin van het Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Warm I) very close in time of 32.13 seconds.

Whether completing the top five Grand Prix, Hans-Dieter Dreher took possession of fourth place with 13-years old horse Colour (Contender x Lord) completing its field in 32.21 seconds and fifth place was the French Simon Delestre on 10-years old gelding horse  Chesall (Casall x Concerto II) owned by M.S.H. marking slate 32.37 seconds.