Whitaker partners Ornellaia to third in Germany

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evergreen Huddersfield star John Whitaker finished a fine third in Sunday’s CSI three-star 1.50m Eschweiler Grand Prix in Germany, riding new ride Team Harmony’s 10-year-old bay mare Ornellaia.

The class proved to be popular with 51 combinations contesting the class, all trying to take home the lion’s share of the €61,500 prize money on offer.

With only four combinations putting in a first-round clear, it was a close contest.

Home rider Vanessa Borgmann took the win, partnering Come To Win 51 after producing one of the only three double clears of the class after crossing the finish line in 43.24 seconds.

She was closely followed by Swiss rider Chantal Muller on U Tabasca with just 0.48 seconds separating the two riders.

Third place went to Whitaker and Ornellaia after they produced the final double clear of the class in 46.38 seconds.

Fourth place went to German rider Maximilian Weishaupt.

Drivers from the thriving North East Driving Trials Group returned to Yorkshire triumphant following the National Indoor Driving Trials Championships in Keysoe, in Bedfordshire.

Steve Hoyle was crowned 
Intermediate Horse Champion and Tara Wilkinson won not only her class for Senior Young Driver, but also the overall Supreme Champion Junior title across all the age groups.

Her father John Wilkinson was Reserve Champion in the Open Horse class, Diane Longbottom finished third in the Novice Horse and Joanne Thomas was sixth in the 18-strong Novice Pony class.

On the point-to-point front, the Yorkshire Area Point-To-Point season continues this Sunday with the fixture at York & Ainsty Easingwold.

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