CSI5* Global Champions Tour Doha, Qatar
In a thrilling final to the 2014 Global Champions Tour, it was 2013 champion Scott Brash who kept cool under the pressure to once again take the tour title. Jumping clear in round one but stopping the clock 0.21 seconds over the time allowed saw Brash with Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkman’s Hello Sanctos add one time penalty to their first round score. A clear round within the time in round two secured Brash fourth place at the Doha final scoring him enough points to claim overall victory in the Global Champions Tour for a second year in a row.
Michael Whitaker also enjoyed a good weekend on board Miss Emilie Machon and Michael Potter’s grey stallion Valentin R, taking first place in the 1.50m speed class with a time of 60.33 seconds along with sixth place in the 1.50m/1.55m class after producing a double clear in a jump-off time of 39.48 seconds. Lady Kirkman’s young mare, eight year old Hello M’Lady, added to Scott Brash’s successful weekend claiming fourth place in the 1.50m/1.55m class with a double clear round in a jump-off time of 38.73 seconds.
CSI3* Maastricht, The Netherlands
John Whitaker produced some top results over the weekend at the Dutch CSI3* show, riding Stal Horn B.V.’s bay stallion Upgrade the combination took home third place in the Chapeau Prijs 1.45m speed class after producing a clear jumping round in a time of 61.23 seconds.
John and Nick Motmans’ Uni Stop picked up the maximum 44 points available in a time of 39.74 seconds in the MECC Prijs 1.40m accumulator class (where points are awarded for each fence jumped clear), to finish in fourth place. After picking up four jumping penalties in the jump-off round of the VDL Groep Prijs 1.50m in a time of 46.34 seconds John took fifth place on his wife Clare’s Argento.