The crowd roared, the fences climbed and two British riders shared the spoils after the thrilling Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge on a sell-out Friday at Horse of the Year Show. It could have gone to one round more, but as the only two remaining to contest the top prize after four corking rounds of jumping and with some fences standing a whopping 1.80m, Tim Stockdale and John Whitaker decided to share the honours.
In the Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge, which was introduced to “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” last year, each of the five fences are raised in each round over a maximum of five rounds. A fence down, a run out or a refusal means instant elimination. After round four and to rapturous applause, only Tim (Fresh Direct K2) and John Whitaker (Maximillian) remained.