Once again, the Whitaker surname is right at the top of the podium. However, as William started the week by winning the big class on Thursday, Ellen steamed around a challenging jump-off, beating a strong field to win the Ayuntamiento de Barbate 145 Grand Prix.
Twenty-one riders got through to the jump-off in this demanding class, and the top 5 in the final results were separated by barely a second. Mariana Frauches Chaves from Brazil was early to go in the jump-off with her mare Emerette, and she rode a fast and accurate round, setting the time to beat at 40.83 seconds. Those to come were chasing this very fast time, and some came very close. The second last to go was Ellen Whitaker with her little mare Fiona des Hayettes (Lord des Hayettes x Ryon D’Anzex). And what a round she rode! The crowd were cheering her on as she flew towards the last Suzuki upright, the clock stopped at 40.69s, and she went into first place, much to the audience’s delight.
The third place was for the German rider, Kendra Claricia Brinkop, who has already been so successful here Do It Easy in 40.96s and in fourth was Michael Hughes from the USA with George Z in 41.09s. Finally, Olympic rider Holly Smith was fifth with KBS Major Player in just 41.67s.