Brits on top in London’s GCT grand prix

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Brits on top in London’s GCT grand prix
Brits on top in London’s GCT grand prix

British Olympic show jumpers Ben Maher and Nick Skelton stepped on to the winner’s podium after claiming first and second place in the CSI5* Grand Prix at the first ever Longines Global Champions Tour in London.

The first round qualifier saw 12 Brits, including the showjumping squad from the London 2012 Olympic Games - Ben Maher, Nick Skelton, Peter Charles, Scott Brash and Tina Fletcher- make it into the final 18.

Five British riders battled through to the final jump off, with last to go Ben Maher and Jane Forbes Clark’s grey mare Cella clinching the fastest clear of the day to win the 148,500 Euro first prize by 1.27 seconds from team mate Nick with the Widdowson’s Big Star.

"We don’t get many opportunities to ride in this country against the top horses, so it is always nice to get the chance to give the best results in front of the home crowd," said Ben.

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann finished in third place with Britain’s William Funnel with Billy Congo and Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos in fourth and fifth place respectively.

"The show set up was fantastic, and to be back in London and in a familiar setting with such success was like reliving the Olympics to a great extent" said Britain’s showjumping performance manager Rob Hoekstra.

Event organiser Peter Phillips said: "it was crucial to be able to have the event in London, especially after last year. A show piece equestrian legacy event means a lot not only for the sport of showjumping but for equestrian as a whole."

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