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Smolders is the Christmas Master in London

Saturday, 16 December 2017
CSI5*-W London 2017

Photo (c) Haide Westring Harrie Smolders and Corrada were the best in the Christmas Masters at Olympia. Photo (c) Haide Westring.

It was Harrie Smolders (NED) that won the Christmas Masters at CSI5*-W London Olympia on Saturday afternoon. Riding the 10-year-old mare Corrada (Oklund x Lauriston), Smolders was the only one to clear the fourth round of the competition.

Ben Maher (GBR) on the 8-year-old Winning Good (Winningmood van de Arenberg x Sir Corland) took the second place, while Laura Renwick (GBR) on the 8-year-old stallion Top Dollar VI (Dollar du Murier x Darco) placed third. Marcus Ehning (GER) on the 9-year-old mare Calanda (Calido I x Chasseur) and Michael Whitaker (GBR) on the 8-year-old stallion Valmy de la Lande (Mylord Carthago x Starter) shared the fourth place. 

The first-five star class of the day, the Father Christmas Stakes, a 1.45m accumulator competition with a joker, went to the home hero John Whitaker (GBR). Riding the 9-year-old mare Leen O.L. (Berlin x Kannan), the pair clocked the winning time of 42,27 seconds.

William Funnell (GBR) on the 14-year-old gelding Billy Angelo (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Kroongraaf) took the second spot, while the new combination of Geir Gulliksen (NOR) and the 11-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro continued their succesful debut by ending third. Christian Ahlmann (GER) on the 8-year-old Comme Il Faut-son Comilfo Plus Z (Comme Il Faut x Balou du Rouet) took the fourth spot and the fifth spot went to Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) on the 8-year-old Viceversa de la Roque (Kannan x Diamant de Semilly). 


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Haide Westring 

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