Big wins for British showjumpers abroad

British showjumpers have been cleaning up abroad, with big wins in Germany and the USA.

Nick Skelton took his second Leading International Rider title in a week on Saturday (5 November) at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The title came with the bonus of a year’s lease on a silver Audi. Nick gave it two spins around the arena, to the delight of the crowd.

But he just missed out on a win in the grand prix when Californian Richard Spooner – known as “the Master of Faster” – posted a slightly quicker time in the jump-off than Nick and Carlo.

Meanwhile, Nick’s teammate, John Whitaker and Peppermill put up a tremendous performance to win the grand prix in Munich at the weekend (6 November).

The class, worth €25,000 to the winner, produced only two first-round clears and John flew round with Rebecca Stones’s 14-year-old Burggraaf stallion to win by a 1sec margin.

Full report in next week’s H&H (out 17 November).

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