Windsor, Berkshire, England – Great Britain’s star Jumper, Holly Smith (GBR) scored a memorable victory against some of the world’s best riders on day three of the CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show 5*. Sixteen of the world’s top 20-ranked riders entered a beautifully sunny Castle Arena for the €15,000 Manama Speed Stakes CSI 5* jumping competition, the first international Show Jumping class of the week. The competition saw 24 riders progress to the second phase, with 18 of those completing a double clear to vie for top honours.
One of the last riders into the Arena, Holly Smith (GBR) and her spirited nine-year old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zambesi x Karandasj), produced a gutsy performance, which saw the duo complete the two-phase course in 26.11 seconds. Smith cleared the final fence with grace and ease, knocking Irish world number 25-ranked rider, Bertram Allen (IRL) and GK Casper (Canto 16 x Quantum) into second-place, who completed the course in 26.81 seconds. The complicated course, which included some tough tight turns did not prove to be a problem for world number five-ranked rider, Martin Fuchs (SUI) and his grey gelding, Silver Shine (Califax x Balou du Rouet), who finished in third place in 27.01 seconds.
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Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photo: © Royal Windsor Horse Show / Kit Houghton
Categories: CSI 5*