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Whitaker seals the deal in thrilling final showdown in Longines Global Champions Tour of New York

Monday, 26 September 2022
CSI5* LGCT New York 2022

Photo © LGCT/Stefano Grasso. John Whitaker and Equine America Unick du Francport won the 1.55m CSI5* to close out the 2022 Longines Global Champions Tour of New York. Photo © LGCT/Stefano Grasso.


Edited press release from Longines Global Champions Tour



With 38 of the world’s best battling it out for a final podium position, the crowds were treated to an impressive masterclass as the fourteenth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour for 2022 drew to a close.

Ten horse-and-rider combinations qualified for the jump-off after a big weekend of show jumping in the heart of New York City Harbour, with the final title ultimately taken out by a masterful round by John Whitaker (GBR) aboard Equine America Unick du Francport (Zandor x Helios de la Cour II) in a blistering time of 37.39 seconds – just 0.52 ahead of second place getters Nayel Nassar (EGY) and El Conde (Loro Piana Filou de Muze x Final Shot).

Speaking of his win, Whitaker said; “I am absolutely delighted with the win today. This is such a special location and venue with the iconic Statute of Liberty behind us that is even better. We have come a long way so to finish like this is top.”

As fourth to go in the jump-off, with six of the world's leading riders set to follow, Whitaker liked his chances on taking the win. “There were quite a few clears. Nayel was quick. When I beat Nayel, because I know he’s a really quick horse and a really quick rider, I knew I had a chance,” said the podium veteran.

Just three double clear rounds shone through, rounding out a weekend of impressive results, the third and final place on the podium was taken out by none other than Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (BRA) aboard his Grand Slam VDL (Cardento 933 x Heartbreaker), with a time of 38.33 seconds – less than one second behind Whitaker.

With three of the world’s best in contention take the 2022 Champion of Champions, all eyes turn to Riyadh, where The Longines Global Champions Tour now looks to its final stage. The breathtaking backdrop of cultural heritage sites, Turaif, Al Bujairi, and Boulevard City where the past and future of Saudi Arabia collide will play host to the final stage of the intense 2022 season.

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