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The weekend's Grand Prix winners

Monday, 03 March 2014

William Whitaker with Fandango - here in Rotterdam last year. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Apart from this weekend's Grand Prix winners in Gothenburg and Wellington, Great Britain's William Whitaker, Germany's Henrik Griese, Ireland's Dermott Lennon and Belgium's Jody Bosteels all ended on top in the international Grand Prix classes around Europe. The three star Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera was won by William Whitaker on Fandango (Last Liberty 988 x Krocket 651). With a double clear round, and a time of 34.27 seconds William left two other British riders behind him in second and third. Runner-up was Holly Gillot on Dougie Douglas (Ard VDL Douglas x Highroller) who was almost two seconds behind on the time in the jump-off and third was Spencer Roe on Wonder Why (Padinus x Laurin).

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The three star Grand Prix at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva Nova went to Germany's Henrik Griese riding Comtessa 88 (Contendro x Accord II) – who continued their fabulous form. With one of three double clears in the class, Griese beat Peter Charles on Murka's Odie de Frevent (Urbain du Monnai x Jalisco B) by 0.10 seconds in the ten rider jump-off. Third was Gerco Schröder riding Urban Hero (Centurion Montfort x Ilmeo).

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At the Atlantic Tour in Vilamoura it was Dermott Lennon who won the two star 1.45/1.50 Grand Prix – riding Loughview Lou Lou (Limmerick x Jack of Diamonds). The Irish rider had one of only three double clears in the class, and left French rider Fiona Versini and Kassandre Erger (Indoctro x Baladin du Manoir) behind him in second – over 1 ½ second slower in the jump-off. Third was Holland's Mark Martens on Anastacia (Manhattan x Pilox)

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At the two star show in Gent, it was home rider Jody Bosteels that won the Grand Prix. On Explosiev 111 (Action Breaker x Chatman), Bostels rode one of four double clears in the class and had the fastest time in the jump-off to beat Annelies Vorsselmans – also from Belgium – on Equita van't Zorgvliet (Cassini x Darco). Third was Nadege Janssen on Rolls d'Elbe (Luccianno *HN), also this pair representing Belgium.

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