A stellar line up of riders graced the Longines Global Champions Tour of London arena for the much anticipated CSI2* FIJI WATER GRAND PRIX. A competitive jump off saw spectators getting behind the brilliant British riders who made up the majority of the second round, and ultimately taking the top podium spot.
Winners Nicole Lockhead Anderson and her athletic grey mare, Chilli, had the crowd cheering from the bleachers with a brilliant, quick clear putting them squarely into first place on a time of 35.06, 3.25 seconds ahead of the leader, leaving the rest of the field in her wake.
First out in the jump off saw Oliver Fletcher aboard Grande post an impressive time of 39.07 seconds for fellow competitors to chase. The next jump off duo were not to be outdone, with Claire Beecroft on her magnificent grey Kandora jumping into the lead with a quick 38.31 seconds.
Adrian Speight and Millfield Baloney of Great Britain followed, incurred four faults with a time that would have put him squarely into the lead. A big square oxer in the 1.45m jump off class, had a rolling strid down to the in-gate, challenging riders with a delicate vertical Liverpool which ultimately gave some of the jump off contenders grief.
Ultimately, Lockhead Anderson and Chilli took the win on home-turf at the spectacular Royal Chelsea Hospital in the heart of London.
1st Place – Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Chilli (GBR)
2nd Place – Ali Ramsay & Bonita vd Keizershof Z (CAN)
3rd Place – Claire Beecroft & Kandora (GBR)
4th Place – Oliver Fletcher & Garande (GBR)
5th Place – Charlotte Barbey & Isa Tella (SUI)
6th Place – Jane Annett & Billy Tudor (GBR)
7th Place – Adrian Speight & Millfield Baloney (GBR)
8th Place – Megan Li & Premier Titanium (GBR)
9th Place – Alena Hughes & Curly 76, (GBR)
10th Place – Alexa Pessoa & Carlito’s Way 6 (USA)