London, England – August 21, 2022 – A stellar line up of riders graced the Longines Global Champions Tour of London arena for the much anticipated €25,500 Fiji Water Grand Prix CSI 2*. 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 (GBR) and her athletic grey mare, Chilli, a 10-year-old grey German Sport Horse (Colestus x Colorit) 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 (GBR) 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 claimed the win on home-turf at the spectacular Royal Chelsea Hospital in the heart of London.
Final Results – €25,500 Fiji Water Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Nicole Lockhead Anderson (GBR) & Chilli – 0 / 0 – 35.06
2) Ali Ramsay (CAN) & Bonita vd Keizershof Z – 0 / 0 – 36.01
3) Claire Beecroft (GBR) & Kandora – 0 / 0 – 38.31
Source: Press Release from LGCT – Longines Global Champions Tour
Photos: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso