Doha, Qatar – March 04, 2023 – Jodie Hall-McAteer (GBR) has been one of the young rising stars of showjumping and British showjumper once again shone bright under the spotlights on one of the biggest stages of the noble sport on Saturday during the opening leg of the 2023 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) at Al Shaqab. McAteer and Kimosa van het Kritrahof blazed past two Olympic champions to win the €26,200 LGCT Speed Challenge CSI 5* there.
Riding Mandy Hall’s 13-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Chatman x Eros Platiere), Jodie jumped over all the 1.45m obstacles in flawless fashion while speeding through the track before crossing the finish line in 53.07 seconds.
McAteer’s feat was enhanced as she overcame two team gold medallists at both the last Olympic Games and World Championship, moreover one of them also the highest-ranked rider in the world and also Individual World Champion. Despite beign aboard the speedy H&M Indiana (Hip Hop x Calypso III), Malin Baryard-Johnsson (GER) could not match the speed of the eventual winners, earning silver honors in 54.97 seconds.
World number one Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) completed the podium with Hollywood V (Mylord Carthago x Casall), backed by a penalty-free performance in 55.72 seconds.
Final Results – €26,200 LGCT Speed Challenge CSI 5*
1) Jodie Hall McAteer (GBR) & Kimosa van het Kritrahof – 0 – 53.07
2) Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) & H&M Indiana – 0 – 54.97
3) Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Hollywood V – 0 – 55.72
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Photos: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso
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