British Michael Whitaker won the dispute’s trophy for first day close of the CSI5* Madrid Horse Week, followed by Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany. (Photo © Manuel Queimadelos / Oxer Sport)
British rider Michael Whitaker closed the CSI5* Madrid Horse Week first day with a convincing speed class victory.
Disputing the Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio Trophy for a total of 45 pairs, veteran rider Michael Whitaker stopped the clock in 52.84 seconds with his 11-year-old mare Jb’s Hot Stuff (Locarno 62 x Cavalier Royale) owned by Jayne Bean, to take the victory and with it 80 World Ranking Points.
Winner of countless classes throughout his long career, Michael Whitaker surpassed Swede rider Henrik von Eckermann, who was presented with the 10-year-old stallion Chacanno (Chacco-Blue x Kannan) in time of 53.68 seconds, while another superstar and Former World Ranking Leader Ludger Beerbaum of Germany completed his field in 56.44 seconds with the 14-year-old mare Chiara (Contender x Coronado 3).
For their part, French took charge of fourth and fifth place with Roger Yves Bost “Bosty” scoring a time of 56.44 seconds with 11-year-old mare Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa D’elle) in fourth place and fifth Aldrich Cheronnet with 10-year-old gelding Tanael des Bonnes (Watch Me*hoy x Don Pierre) in 57.91 seconds.
Turning to Latino Ranking Carlos Lopez of Colombia finished sixth, after making an excellent round with the 12-year-old gelding Admara (Padinus x Murano) owned by S.A.S. Haras des Grillons in time of 58.00 seconds, representing 45 World Ranking Points its result. Likewise, Brazilian duo of Yuri Mansur ranked 11th with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde) in 59.81 seconds and Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Chaccomo (Chacco-Blue x Contender) in 14th place with a time of 61.54 seconds.
Out of the points finished by Pan American Ranking Reed Kessler of the United States in 32nd place with accumulated 8 faults along with her 10-year-old mare Tradition de la Roque (Kannan x Oberon du Moulin) and by Latinos Rene López from Colombia in 12 fouls with the 13-year-old gelding With God III (Colman x Romino) was 41st.