Showjumping Brian Walker
Brits win the grands prix in Spain and an Irish rider triumphs at the World Games test event
FROM a massive 71 starters, Jamie Wingrove of Great Britain and the 11-year-old Lord Z gelding Bart VI won Sunday’s 1.45m grand prix with a €7,500 (£6,600) top prize. Only two combinations produced double clears, with the runner-up spot going to Germany’s Marcel Wegfahrt (Carnan), who played it safe and slow with his seven-year-old stallion. Ireland’s Michael Duffy (EFS Top Contender) took third as the fastest four-faulter.
The track was set by Spain’s Javier Trenor with an early triple combination at fence five and finishing with a Liverpool vertical, which took its toll and only four made it through to round two. Jamie was first of the quartet against the clock
“The course walked fine,” said Jamie, “but it turned out to ride more difficult than it looked. The jump-off track suited me and my horse. He can be a bit challenging to ride. He is naturally fast, and I thought that if I just kept moving and kept the fences up, I’d have a shot at the win.”
Among the British placings, Emma Stoker (Everton De
Villee) and Tim Wilks on In Showjumpers’ seven-year-old Kay picked up wins in the young horse classes. Matt Sampson secured a four-timer (Ragga Muffin, Renkum Centre Star and Gloria Van Zuuthoeve), John Crippen (Cacharel Z) took a 1.35m twophase and Mark Armstrong (Juharah) won on the silver tour. Chloe Winchester and Billy Cool, a 10-year-old daughter of Billy Congo, headed Thursday’s 1.40m jump-off class, beating Holly Smith (Grennanstown Sarco Lux Hill) by less than 0.1 of a second. Daniel Neilson triumphed in Friday’s 1.45m rankings two-phase class, worth €6,150 to the winner, on 13-year-old Newton Nickel.
Jamie Wingrove and Bart VI are in the money with a grand prix win