Following an amazing four days of showjumping, William Whitaker and Upperclass (Concorde x Indoctro) stormed to the top of leader board in the Redrow Grand Prix today, Sunday 12th June, at Bolesworth CSI*** finishing his winning round in 52.55 seconds and claiming the £30,000 winners pot. Nick Skelton and Aristio (Arko III x Voltaire) were there nearest rivals, coming half way down the jump-off list finishing with only the second clear of the jump off so far and shaved over 3 seconds off the leader time, Robert Bevis and Pebbles IV (Cheers Cassini x Ontario) gave a good run for their money but failed to produce a quick enough time and had to settle for 3rd place.
The real crowd pleaser came from William Whitaker 'I was quick back to the second from last fence and then six strides to the last.' Based close to Huddersfield, William runs a yard with his younger brothers George and James, on the family farm where his father and famous show jumping uncles John, Michael and Steven were raised.
Jemma Kirk triumphed in the International 1.40m Grand Prix this morning with her 18 year old Bay gelding Wexford. Eighteen combinations jumped off and 26 year old Jemma was in an ideal position - in third from last to go, Tim Gredley and Unex Mega Star were their closest rivals with a time of 40.66 seconds to finish in 2nd place and John Whitaker an Lord of Arabia took 3rd. Currently based in Normandy Jemma has the opportunity to get the 18 year old fit on the beaches, 'He loves it here at Bolesworth it's such a good atmosphere, I didn't expect so many in the jump off, he was quick all the way and I had to hold for the distance to the last'.
A win for Richard Howley riding Golden Arrow II brought to a close what has been an incredibly successful CSI***, the show has created a real 'buzz' and has achieved what Nina Barbour set out to create. The show has impressed riders, owners, sponsors and the general public, from the amazing new Andrews Bowen arena, the show jumping and the all round entertainment and atmosphere has been tremendous.
Bolesworth International has left an impressive mark on the equestrian calendar, watch this space because its going to get even better!
Source: Press release from Bolesworth International
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