The British flag flew in Syracuse, USA this weekend, when Michael Whitaker won the $75,000 Budweiser World Cup Qualifier. Aboard Insul Tech Portofino 63, Whitaker produced two faultless clear rounds, leaving a line-up of top American riders in his wake.

Only five combinations made it through to the jump off, out of a field of 34. Realising he was in with a change of scoring the jackpot, Whitaker stepped up the pace as he entered the arena, finishing in an unbeatable 37.02 secs to take home the $22,500 first prize. Margie Engle from the USA took second place, jumping clear in 39.74 sec, closely followed by Chris Kappler, also from the USA, clear in 39.74 sec.

CSI-W Syracuse (USA)

World Cup Qualifier

1st Michael Whitaker GBR Insul Tech Portofino 63 37.02 secs
2nd Margie Engle USA Hidden Creek’s Quervo Gold 39.71 secs
3rd Chris Kappler USA VDL Oranta 39.74 secs
4th Molly Ashe USA Neuville 40.16 secs