Florida one-two for British showjumper David McPherson

  • David McPherson and Silver Exchange II took the $25,000 ( £15,750) Suncast 1.50m title of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida on Saturday (18 February).

    The British showjumper also took second place on his 11-year-old stallion Leonitas, with the Mexican Nicolas Pizarro finishing third with Saskia.

    Silver Exchange II – an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lavallo – completed the jump-off with a time of 43.295 seconds.

    McPherson said: “My tactics were really simple. I just wanted to jump clean rounds with these two.

    “Thank God all my dressage is paying off somewhere down the line.”

    McPherson has ridden Silver Exchange II for just over a year.

    “[He] finished off last year wonderfully [and] then he was on a long layoff.

    “I’ve come here and just jumped last weekend and this weekend [and] so I’m delighted with him.”

    McPherson and Leonitas also received third place in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jumpers class earlier in the week.

    The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival runs over 12 weeks, finishing on 1 April. More than $6m ( £3m) of prize money will be awarded through the circuit.

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