CSI 3*

John Whitaker Turns Back the Time aboard Unick du Francport with Win in €51,700 Grand Prix CSI 3* at Vilamoura

Quarteira, Faro, Portugal – February 28, 2021 – The fifth week of the 2021 Vilamoura Atlantic Tour came to an end on Sunday and one of the all-time legends of the sport stole the spotlight, proving once again that he still has plenty of gas in his tank at the age of 66.

John Whitaker (GBR) & Unick du Francport

Tradition and class were on display as John Whitaker (GBR) guided Unick du Francport to win the €51,700 Federação Equestre Portuguesa (Portuguese Equestrian Federation) Grand prix CSI 3* at the Vilamoura Equestrian Centre. The Brit and the 13-year-old bay Selle Français gelding (Zandor x Helios de La Cour II) overcame six other combinations in the jump-off, clearing all the obstacles while registering the fastest penalty-free effort in 36.43 seconds.

Marc Bettinger (GER) and Undercover Z (Ugano Sitte x Heartbreaker) earned silver honors, matching the double clear while posting a final time of 37.01 seconds.

Juliette de Faligot (FRA) and Arqana de Riverland (Cornet Obolensky x Diamant de Semilly) completed their fault-free jump-off performance in 37.56 seconds, good enough for bronze honors.

John Whitaker (GBR) & Unick du Francport during the awards ceremony

Final Results – €51,700 Federação Equestre Portuguesa Grand Prix CSI 3*

1) John Whitaker (GBR) & Unick du Francport – 0 / 0 – 36.43

2) Marc Bettinger (GER) & Undercover Z – 0 / 0 – 37.01

3) Juliette de Faligot (FRA) & Arqana de Riverland – 0 / 0 – 37.56.

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Photos: © Vilamoura Equestrian Centre / Mariana Guimarães