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Another win for Guy Williams in Bordeaux – takes the Land Rover Grand Prix

Sunday, 09 February 2014

Guy Williams and Zaire won the Land Rover Grand Prix in Bordeaux. Photo by World of Showjumping.Great Britain’s Guy Williams crowned a fantastic weekend in Bordeaux with winning the Land Rover Grand Prix on Sunday aboard Zaire (Indoctro x Marlon). It’s been an amazing weekend for Williams, who won a 1.45 table A class aboard the same horse yesterday, and ended third in the 1.45 table C class – as well as being third in Friday’s 1.50 class. It was a real battle for the win though, but Guy sealed the deal as the last rider to go in the ten horse jump-off – giving the crowds value for their ticket money as they were glued to their seats waiting to see if Penelope Leprevost, who held the lead as the British rider entered the ring, could take home yet another victory in Bordeaux.

But that was not to be, as the notoriously fast Williams showed from the beginning that he wanted another win. Zaire jumped yet another amazing clear around the shortened track, and Guy shaved off over a second on Leprevost and Nice Stephanie’s (Cardento x Ralme Z) time. “He has got a big stride,” explained Guy who took out a stride to ride eight on the opening distance were most riders did nine. It was a little bit of a chance though; “Sometimes he can buck a little bit when you push him, but today he tucked himself in a little bit and then ran – and he has got a massive, massive stride,” said Guy about his winning horse.

Third was Ludger Beerbaum on Chaman, who could end the show in a better way than it started – the first day the two had two leave the ring after two refusals. Today the Baloubet du Rouet-stallion was back to his best, and Ludger rode two beautiful clear rounds – the latter on a time of 35.73 seconds.

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