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Michael Whitaker takes GP of Jumping Amsterdam

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Michael Whitaker and GIG Amai - here in Olympia last year. Photo by Kit Houghton/FEI.Britain’s Michael Whitaker showed a fantastic form with his eleven year old gelding GIG Amai (by Non Stop – Bacara) winning the GP of Amsterdam by a half second in the very exiting jump off on a rainy Dutch sunday! Michael Whitaker was followed by two dutch men – Eric van der Vleuten with his wonderfully jumping mare VDL Utascha SFN (by Lux – Indoctro) and Marc Houtzager with Tamino (by Numero Uno – Farmer), that Marc has just recently managed to secure for his future use by a sales to the stud Sterrenhof from HBC stables.


All together 8 combinations from the 43 starters managed to make their way to the jump off, out of which four dutch to the joy of the home audience,   on the course designed by Mr Rob Janssen and his assisting team in the great atmosphere of Jumping Amsterdam.


Eric managed to give the London Rolex WC qualifier winner of 2010 Michael a real challenge, but finally the second of the Whitaker brothers, who had travelled to Amsterdam together with his son Robert – was a half a second faster with a time of 36,31 seconds. Eric’s mare Utascha, that is part of the Dutch Showjumping funds horses, jumped really well with his experienced rider as she already did last weekend in Basel - finishing at 36,98 seconds. Michael earned 22 500 euros for his win, Eric 17 500 euros for the position of runner up.


Marc Houtzager was right at Eric’s heels with 37,11 seconds and the fourth place was concurred by the - at least still -  Irish rider Denis Lynch with Abberuail van het Dingeshof (by Non Stop – Jus de Pomme) with 37,77 seconds.


Thereafter the placed riders were dutch – Ben Schröder and the young star Hendrik-Jan Schuttert, who got an invitation by a wild card to attend Jumping Amsterdam. The reining world champion Philippe le Jeune finished as the fastest 4-faulter on the seventh place.


Full results of Jumping Amsterdam can be found in:



By Maucca Kärki / Horses Exclusive

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