Olympic silver medallists land £200k top prize in Doha

  • Dutchman Gerco Schroder and his silver medal-winning Olympic ride London won the five-star grand prix in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday night, taking home a cool €214,500.

    The runner-up spot went to Ireland’s Denis Lynch with the 10-year-old Argentinus stallion All Star 5 — the only other clear after three rounds on the final day of the CHI Al Shaqab.

    “I want to thank my horse — he really is very special,” said Gerco, one of six jump-off contenders from 37 starters.

    Robert Smith made the jump-off for Great Britain, finishing sixth on four faults with Voila. Local rider Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani delighted the crowds with fifth on Cantaro 32.

    Earlier in the day, Danish dressage rider Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein won the freestyle grand prix with Digby.

    Read the full report from Al Shaqab in the next issue of Horse & Hound, out 4 April, 2013

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