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John Whitaker with Argento best in Odense

Saturday, 20 October 2012

John Whitaker with Argento won the Odense Grand Prix. Photo by mobilphone (the WoSJ camera broke down during the class..).John Whitaker took home the win at the CSI3* JBK Horse Show Grand Prix in Odense Saturday evening riding Argento (Arko III x Gasper). It was a difficult course and only five of the forty riders were clear in the first round. The most faults were caused by the triple combination as number eleven. It was a tricky distance in to the triple combination; an oxer - a big vertical and another oxer with two strides between a and b and one strideto the c-element.

 The jump-off started off with an oxer and then three strides to a vertical. A right turn to an oxer followed and then a short right turn again to a vertical. Then came a left turn to a vertical and then a long ride to the combination that now just consisted of the b and c element. A long left turn to the last oxer finished off the jump-off.

The home rider Sören Knudsen with Harry K (Equest Carnute x Robin Z II) was first to go in the jump-off but he had to see three poles fall. Next out was Line Raaholt with Diablo (Darco x Pilot) and she did a great jump-off, but the last fence fell.

Hendrik-Jan Schuttert with Cerona HS by Celano was the first one to clear the jump-off in a time of 35,54 seconds. John Whitaker and Argento then managed to shave 2,5 seconds off Henrik-Jan's time as the next to go and took over the lead. Last to go was Marcus Ehning with Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat I). Marcus really gave his all especially towards the last fence, but he couldn't do anything about John's time and had to settle for second place.

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