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Michael Whitaker wins on opening day in Gothenburg

Friday, 23 February 2018
CSI5*-W Gothenburg 2018

Photo (c) Haide Westring.
Michael Whitaker and JB's Hot Stuff. Photo (c) Haide Westring.

The Longines FEI World Cup Western European League has arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden, for its 13th and last qualifier of the 2017/2018 season. The action got underway on Thursday evening with a 1.50m against the clock presented by ATG. 

Marcus Ehning (GER) on the 15-year-old stallion Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) held on to the lead with a time of 67,73 seconds until the last pair – Michael Whitaker (GBR) on the 12-year-old mare JB's Hot Stuff (Locarno 62 x Cavalier Royale) – entered the ring. Crossing the finish line in a time of 66,11 seconds, Whitaker took home the win and pushed Ehning into the runner-up position.

Daniel Deusser (GER) on the 11-year-old stallion Cassini Bay (Cassini I x Acord II) took the third place with a time of 70,52 seconds, while Max Kühner (AUT) on the 13-year-old gelding Cornet Kalua (Cornet Obolensky x Platin) placed fourth after stopping the clock at 71,15 seconds. The fifth spot went to Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) on the 12-year-old mare H&M Cue Channa (Cardento x Robin Z), after the pair clocked a time of 75,83 seconds. 

The first five-star class of the event, a 1.40m against the clock presented by AGRIA went to Michael Jung (GER) on the 10-year-old mare fischerChelsea (Check In x Argent) with a time of 55,13 seconds. Cornelia Rylén (SWE) on the 12-year-old gelding Rasputin (breeding unknown) took the runner-up position with a time of 58,37 seconds, while Robert Whitaker (GBR) on the 9-year-old Noble Warrior (Warrior x Casantos) placed third with a time of 58,8. Evelina Tovek (SWE) on the 10-year-old gelding Mill's Sheridan (Empire x Iowa) took the fourth spot, while the fifth place went to Geir Gulliksen (NOR) on the 12-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Bois Margot x Caletto I).


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Haide Westring

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