Action from the Olympia Grand Prix, the highlight of the final evening of the annual London International Horse Show. Commentary comes from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.
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COMMENTATOR: What a competition. My word.
This horse has been brilliant. Excellent partnership.
COMMENTATOR: That was easy. Oh! He is way over it.
Welcome to Olympia and the London International Horse Show, where you
get to see horses of all shapes and sizes and plenty of festive fun.
Today we have highlights of an incredible showjumping competition
featuring some of the best horses and riders in the world. What a week
it has been for equestrianism. We have had trophies, tears, and a
touch of glamour. What a journey I have had with this
horse. Charlotte Dujardin! Comedy two fantastic from the 18-year-old.
-- COMMENTATOR: Fantastic from the 18-year-old.
In third place, Nick Skelton. We've come into the main arena where I am
delighted to say I'm joined by Andy Austin to talk us through the
Olympia Grand Prix. You've had a look at this course. What do you
make of it? It is a typical Grand Prix. Not as big as the World Cup
yesterday, but it is a technical course, very careful. There are a
few interesting lines, to say the least. I know you want to talk about
this combination, it is a treble into vent six. You come out of the
corner of a big vertical. Once tried to a massive oxen. Two extra strides
to another. Then you are not finished. Fence six is into the edge
of the arena, right into the crowd, and it is a difficult fence. It is
three committed strides to a 160 vertical. It could take a bit of
jumping. It is always worth mentioning the crowd. Almost jumping
at the height as the crowd. It is so different to a lot of shows. It is
intense, they are close to you, and the horse is getting distracted,
yeah, definitely. Who will this course suit? One or two riding
jungle horses. Steve Gerber has already won. -- younger horses.
Let's go through the Olympia Grand Prix.
Scott Brash won in fantastic style on Sunday.
Guerdat Is the reigning champion. Maher Has won this event twice. This
is a world-class field. Away we go. This promises to be as
good as anything we have seen in the Olympia Grand Prix. The best field I
have ever seen, what about you, Andy? Big field. Top quality riders.
We have proven winners as well as young horses. This course has been
designed well. If it goes anything like the World Cup course on Sunday
it will be a riveting hour. What is it like, Andy? The course is a lot
about care. This is a difficult line. Into the corner. Straight into
this big combination. Two fairly short strides, then three long
strides. Then the huge vertical. Brilliantly done there. A very
tricky vertical. Coming away from the entrance. Those two macro
verticals will be influential. They are right up to one metre 60
centimetres. Very light double verticals here. And then down to the
last power fence at number 12. The won the silver medal behind Nick
Skelton. A big star in Rio without hitting a fence all tournament. It
was a terrific performance. But he has two macro fences down, eight
faults come in a time of 59.1. The time allowed a 62nds. He was close
to that time. -- at the time allowed is 60 seconds. He rides for the
all-powerful Belgian organisation. He is in tremendous form. Four wins
in Dublin. And he wrote in a winning nations cup, as well. He has climbed
the world rankings in form we have not seen the light of for many a
year. Very talented. -- like. He is going to have his first visit. We
can expect fireworks from this man. He is certainly one of the
favourites. Lorenzo De Luca. A stunning chestnut stallion. Not
the biggest horse, but a real athletic type, as so many
Heartbreakers are. Had to work hard to jump the second
part of that combination. Now, this is the vertical off the corner, and
that is going to catch quite a few riders. Absolutely no fillers,
nothing to get them in the air, those stile fences. Got to get home
in under 60 seconds. Beautifully through the double verticals. Down
to the last fence. Should be OK for time. He has had the last! Well,
that was amazing, he just jumped such a good round. This round had
clear round written all over it. There he is, spot on to the last
fence, and he clipped the back rail. Showjumping is a cruel sport at
times. Because he jumped a very good round.
Kenny has a base in Europe, a base in Florida, and is one of those big
stars making a big mark. Very impressive winner of the Barcelona
Grand Prix. Kenny with the nine-year-old Charly
Chaplin. Isn't it great to have a horse called Charly Chaplin, instead
of one of those fancy named Belgian horses? I could not agree with you
more. Clear rounds pretty scarce at the
moment. Faults all over the place. There is no particular part of this
course that seems to be the most difficult, but there are problems
all the way round. This vertical and the next vertical forces you to be
so careful. You cannot breathe on them. It is worth just mentioning a
little bit more about Kenny. He has had an amazing year. He has shot up
the rankings. He has had some very good wins. He won the Grand Prix in
Barcelona. Good round from him there, just the one fence down. He
made good time. Making it look a little easier there. Might be a
little bit too far off the oxen going into the double. He had to
say, Kenny, you can watch him right or night. He is going to be a big
name for the future. -- you can watch him all night.
An Olympic gold medallist now for you, from the United States of
America will stop she won her team gold. She was in the jump off when
America beat Canada for the gold medal in Hong Kong and she is
competing here tonight. -- of America. One of the most talented
female riders in the world. She has, I'm sure, had the most enjoyable few
months. She is the part of Nick Skelton. Living in Warwickshire. And
she has been riding really well here. She has won her class and been
good in others. It is great to see Laura crowd here. She is such a
brilliant ride on a number of different horses. This is only a
nine-year-old. -- it is great to see Laura here. When they get to eight
or nine they step up to this level. And it is such a difficult change
from just jumping the normal classes.
Had to study up for the double. She is clear. Brilliant round. Just
inside the time. -- steady up. She has put herself very much into the
reckoning. Brilliant piece of riding. She jumped quite forward
into the double verticals. She had to study up. And then a big effort
over the last fence. Still got some proper Grand Prix horses to come.
We certainly have. No doubt about that. As we see Anthony Condon with
one of two very good horses these days. Based up in Cheshire. He has
jumped some very good Nations cup rounds for Ireland. He has also been
placed on some good 5-star competitions. He has stepped up to
the plate. He will be a big man in Ireland for the seasons to come.
This horses owned by Pauline Goodwood. A fantastic champion
stallion. Ridden by so many top Dutch teams. They always have a lot
of power, a lot of scope. Sometimes they can be a bit strong.
Anthony has done really good this week. He has had some great results.
He has definitely turned into a top rider. If he keeps getting the
backing he has a huge huge in the sport. He has had a bit of luck. --
huge future in the sport. He has a time fault. That puts him into
fourth. That was a shame for Anthony . Could not quite get himself inside
the time. But this is a good horse with good scope. Just unlucky.
Laura, well done, a couple of sticky moments. Yes I was looking for where
I would hit the ground. She kept trying to get her feet under but she
couldn't do it. Anyway, she made a heroic effort not to fall down,
which was a nice Christmas present for me. And she has done so well at
Olympia. She has been amazing. The first fault was mine, I was a little
bit too long in the six. I cut back. She's good at that. I don't know if
it is because I was close to the wall and she didn't understand and
kept her legs down. Anyway, she probably won't ever do that again.
Here, the man who raises the roof, it is Scott Brash. He raised the
roof yesterday with that magnificent World Cup when. Fantastic. -- win.
Scott Brash is in great form. He was third in Geneva. He won here on
Sunday. And he is riding Lord and Lady Kirkham's horse. An
11-year-old. A very capable horse. But this would be a big question for
it. Scott Brash is one of those riders in a lovely position of
having different horses to jump in Grand Prix all week. Not the most
famous of his horses but it has a lot of talent. As we know with Scott
Brash, when it comes to the big occasion he is your man. Still clear
at the moment. Just the last fence to go. Oh, what
a performance. Yet again by Scott Brash. It is a clear round number
two. Nicely in. But that was a classic Scott Brash round. Typical
Scott Brash. He did have a bit of luck. Very, very lucky to leave the
first part of the combination. But he's so good for the big occasions.
Absolute brilliant ride. Holding his horse in balance. Fantastic effort
from Scott Brash. Yet again, in a big Grand Prix, he's jumped clear.
New young star at his first Olympia. Tim from Henley. He won the Rainbow
Brookes Ward Trophy given every year here at Olympia for the best
international prospect in the limp I can disciplines. Tim Wilkes, double
clear in Lisbon. Double clear in a five-star and I would think this
would be probably the biggest course he will have jumped indoors. I think
it is probably the most technically difficult. Whether he goes clear or
not, Tim Wilkes has done himself a lot of good coming here this week.
First time at the show. He's obviously got a great temperament
and technique. He has a big future in the sport. He has some good
backing. We're definitely going to see him back here again.
Having had a couple of fences down, he's kept his cool. Great ride. Down
the last line. Good round. Looks to have got a very good temperament.
Technique looks exciting. A Manuel' hear more of. Yeah, that was a
little bit unlucky that first fence he had down. Here he is just coming
in to the combination. Perhaps just cut the angle a little bit there.
Good effort. Scot, thankfully the second clear round after a whole
load of horses. How tough is that course? It's a tricky course. It
comes on you very quick and fast. Everything's tight out of the
corners. I think it's a very good course. But it is very technical.
It's a business Ki course. Governor's a busy horse. Is he easy
to settle on a course like that? Easier than he looks, actually. He
gets a bit excited. He wants to get going. No, he's a great horse. Very
talented. After yesterday, would you fancy your chances in front of this
home crowd in a jump-off tonight? I'll be trying my absolute best
anyway. The crowd's there to cheer me on. I'll give it my best. Olympic
champion of 2012, finished fourth in Rio. Both those performances on the
great horse Nino, du Buset. This man has a whole stable of exciting young
horses. This is one of them. Won the World Cup on this horse. Actually,
was placed third in the top ten competition they had in Geneva last
week behind Canadian Eric Lamaze. This man's on form. Jumped some
smashing rounds here. Quite a fascinating horse to watch.
A bit of heart in the mouth stuff. He seems to hang in the air. Gets
very high over the fences. A little bit of tapping going on. But this
horse has got a lot of form over some very big Grand Prixes. It's not
looking that pretty to watch but he's still clear. Well, a little bit
of luck again there. Just this last fence. Oh, this is building into a
wonderful competition, the Olympia Grand Prix. Three clear rounds.
Laura Kraut America, Scott Brash Great Britain and now Steve Guerdat
Switzerland. Steve Guerdat rode for his life around this track. He had
to work very hard and he had a little bit of luck as well. So,
another top, top class combination into the jump-off. We're now halfway
through the first round. We've got one Italian on four faults. Two on
four faults, three clear rounds at the moment. Here is another in form
Italian. Part of the Dublin Nations Cup victory. A sensational victory
for Italy. They've come back into the forefront of showjumping. It's
only an eight-year-old horse. A big horse but it's a big course.
This big mare, she's certainly got scope.
Couldn't quite get the forward movement on the second part of the
combination. Giving her a really good ride. So
difficult to man over such a big horse round these corners.
# Manoeuvre. Over the time. Gets home. Five
faults. Good round for a young horse, though. Just eight years old.
That score of five puts him at the moment into seventh place. Steve,
this is certainly a course causing a lot of problems for a lot of riders
but not you tonight? I was a little bit lucky. I had a few rubs. It's
our last big class of the year. I really wanted to come home clear no
matter how. Luck was on my side. Hopefully one more round.
Interesting finger? Scott Brash working out how he'll win the class,
Mike. That's what this huge crowd would like. Now the leading lady
rider in the world. Penelope from France with madam Genevieve. She'
had some Grand Prix victories in Bordeaux, Verona, Antwerp. But, the
one that she would have really liked to have shone was in Rio. A surprise
tumble. Horse shipped her out after landing. She didn't complete the
team. The rest of the team really had to work. But what a talent.
France without a clear round at the moment. America, Britain and
Switzerland with the clear rounds. This is a lovely mare. Not
Penelope's top horse. She's resting her other horse this week. You can
see Penelope, another rider with a big string of horses. She has the
luxury of swapping them around, keeping them fresh. Coming home with
the one down. Four faults. What's the time? 59.92. The slowest of the
three on form. She goes into sixth place at the moment. Three clear
rounds to jump-off as is A game little mare, this one. Just nicked
the one fence on the way round. Now the man for Britain who's won
this Olympia Grand Prix on two occasions. Michael Whitaker won on
Everest Midnight Maddens in 1992 and he won it last year on this horse
Viking. Bertram Allen sadly disqualified in the Grand Prix. So,
Michael took the victory here one year ago. The horse is very capable
on his day. Not easy to ride. Hasn't really hit the high spots here at
Olympia. In fact, Michael's 14-year-old son Jack has won more
prize money than Michael at Olympia so far. Could change tonight.
Michael, clear at the moment. He hasn't had a great week. A hungry
Michael is always dangerous. Still clear. Just down this last
line. We'd love to see Michael in the jump-off. Oh, no! That last
fence! That's just been the sort of week that Michael's had. That's the
second time this week. Such hard luck there. Time, 58.91. The third
fastest. Goes sixth just ahead of Penelope. He jumped a fantastic
round. So clean over the double. Just dwelt in the air over the last.
Now, Marcus Enning. Four years ago, he won it with Sabrina. And he has
been riding out of his skin this week. Marcus riding chin chin. There
aren't many competitions this man hasn't won in this Grand Hall. He'll
be short odds with the bookies for sure. Marcus, another top rider with
a big string has opted to ride a different horse than the one he rode
in the World Cup. This one, beautiful pipe. Lots of ability.
What we always say about Marcus Enning, whether he jumps clear or
not, we love watching him ride. He's so stylish and so sympathetic.
Oh, he's riding his luck there. We may not be getting many clear rounds
but we're getting classy ones. What a jump-off this is building into.
Marcus Enning from Germany joins the other three. Watch his hands. He
sits so still. This is a horse with a lot of power. He's really quite
sympathetic riding. A little lucky just the first part of the double. I
think the face says it all. My goodness, so close. What a
disappointment in the end? ? You can't help that. He's done very
good. The only fence he touched so... How tough is that course? It's
tough. Difficult, technical. Big scope. It's tough. You said Viking
had been jumping so well. You need luck as well as skill? Needed a bit
of luck and I didn't have it. I've had it before so I can't complain.
Young man who's had his 21st birthday this week. Jos, Verlooy for
Belgium. His father, Axel, a very successful horse dealer. World-class
horses. Jos gets some very good rides. This, an 11-year-old. Big
wins on that. This man, at 17, jumped a wonderful European
Championships in Denmark. He's been all over the world winning at Grand
Prixes this season. Very talented. Jos Verlooy, Belgium. Just had to
react down the combination. Horses need to stretch forward. Can't have
too much pace into that cominbinings. Sudden, you have a
great big ox in front of you. You need a reaction from your horse. Jos
is very tall and very strong. Working quite hard. Still clear.
Yeah, he didn't come quite right to that double. A little out of
balance. So the fours building up. Jos goes
seventh behind Darragh Kenny. This course totally unforgiving. Any
mistakes, you get a little too close to a fence, it's going to come down.
21-year-old Bertram Allen. The young man who's based in Germany but rides
for Ireland. He's won the Massters here this week in cracking good
form. This eight-year-old. To prove his form, three cars he won at
Stockholm, including the Grand Prix up there. He's not going to win this
one. So, nearly won last year's but then, sadly, was disqualified by the
judges. Wondered whether he would be really looking to win this. He's
gone very well this week. But it's not to be.
Another rider opting to ride a younger horse. He has been
developing all week. Cannot keep jumping the big tracks on the same
horses all the time. She is a horse with a big future. She is an
athlete. She is careful. You can see she will jumped lots of Grand Prix
in her future career -- jump. The four vaults building up now. Six of
them in all. He has this place. Just the one fence down, those dreaded
planks. -- fifth place. CHEERING
Here's the great man. Part of the British riders in the World Cup on
Sunday. Remember, Britain had three in the top five. John was in fifth
but he was amongst the very best. It did not work out for him in the
Olympic Games, but still riding as good as ever. He might have a fence
down but this man is enigmatic still. It is interesting, John
opting to ride the only horse he probably has here who could jump the
big Grand Prix. But she has jumped well all week. But he is going to
retire. Good decision. He has given her the opportunity. She is not
quite at the races. She jumped so well in the World Cup. He is an
absolute hero and a legend, John, and the crowd absolutely love him.
And so they should. What is it, Andy, 20 years ago when he was in
hospital in Sweden with a brain haemorrhage? Extraordinary career.
He has been in the top for many years. He very nearly died of a
brain haemorrhage. But here he is, still entertaining us. One of the
leading lady riders. Another great performance by her in Rio. Australia
looked a really good prospect for the first team round. Eventually
faded away. Still, Edwina finished individually in ninth. She has
written some great horses. Her husband has a great eye for horses
and here is another one. She had a big Grand Prix in Miami Beach. She
has been very successful, again, on the champions tour. She has won a
World Cup here, but she hasn't actually won the Grand Prix. Well,
this is a pocket rocket. You can see. Small horse, massive engine.
Lots of blood. Really suits Edwina's style of writing. She is getting
quite excited. -- riding. Very strong down that line. Showing loads
of class. I have not seen too many clears
tonight. Could do with another one here. She is having to study up.
CHEERING Brilliant. This is a very exciting
horse. -- steady. Well written. Edwina gives us a clear round.
Australia in a very exciting jumped off with six left to go in round
one. Lovely to watch California. Such an athlete. Springs off the
floor like a little gazelle. Always looking for the next fence.
Absolutely tries her heart out over the last oxen. Daniel Deusser,
ranked three in the world. He's in the bronze medal team for Germany in
Rio. Another one who has done a trip and a half around the world. This
man won Grand Prix all over the world. Los Angeles, Doha, and this
is a wonderful horse. Daniel Deusser is one of the most stylish riders in
the world, from Germany. As you say, stylish, effective. He
is a very tall and elegant rider. He rides so many different horses for
his stables. Another rider with an incredibly strong string. He always
seems to pull out another fresh horse every week for a Grand Prix.
Just started to get some clear rounds now. Have we got another one?
We have. We are up to six. Germany with two. They begin to get the
advantage. They have not shown it yet at the show but they could
tonight. Daniel Deusser showing his class and quality. In control, in
balance, clean jumping all the way round. A lovely round and thankfully
another clear. Quite a short list. She has been jumping so well for
you. Yes, this is my second Big Show with her. I had her a few weeks ago,
then we went to Paris, she jumped at the Grand Prix there. Then
yesterday. So this is the third big class we have jumped. Is this the
sort of course which suits her because she is compact and nippy? I
don't know because I haven't had her long enough. She has control. Today
was testing. Maybe more technical than yesterday. Yesterday was a
touch bigger. I thought today you have to have good control and note
how to get your horse on the right spot. You did that, well done.
Thanks. Robert has been in good form here.
Has been in some very good placings. And he has gone well both in Calgary
in the big 5-star there. And was a winner of a three star Grand Prix,
as well. This is a horse that has certainly shown some scope. Massive
jumper, this one. Interesting to hear him say, this
horse with such a big engine, needs to steady up over these verticals.
He has managed it there. He is living dangerously. But this horse
has some leap. Woah, he says, but not enough. Just the one fence down.
So near yet so far. Slow time. Down in 12th place with six to go against
the clock and three left to jump. There is Daniel Deusser. They are
all checking out the jump off. Ben Maher, Great Britain, second in the
World Cup, second to Scott Brash. Scott Brash is already clear. Can he
give him another run for his money? Ben Maher, twice winner before, in
2013. He has Olympic gold medals from London. And in 2014 he won with
Diva. Don Vito, a fairly new one, and eight-year-old. It is always
great to see new horses coming up to this level. Testing them over these
types of courses. A little bit unlucky. Just showed a
little bit of inexperience. But this horse has a lot of talent. Ben has
been working very hard to rebuild his string. He is one of those
riders, he can ride any kind of horse. Always get a tune out of
them. Great round for this young horse. Just the one fence down. Ben
has looked in tremendous form as a jockey. But it is four. He goes
seventh on that with that one fence down. A horse with a big future.
This was just a little bit of inexperience. You cannot be too hard
on him for that. Cracking round. Looks every inch the proper jumper.
And we finish with another former winner.
Cian won in 2009. And this horse has an interesting build-up this
afternoon. He took in five rounds in the six bar and the horse got better
and better, very careful. And he said from the word go that this was
a warm up for the Grand Prix tonight. He is a nine-year-old. Cian
O'Connor Is one of the last to go for Ireland in this last round.
Great tactics from Cian. This is a horse with a lot of energy. Clearly
he needed to get back in the arena, jumpy few fences, and the six bar is
almost like a training exercise to get the horse concentrating. -- jump
a few fences. Interesting down that line. This is another youngster.
Nine years old. Had a bit of a difficult turn around that corner.
Well written, -- ridden, Cian. He has lost it. Fractionally over. Good
round. Only had a horse for a week or two. A total of five in the end
for the Irishman, Cian O'Connor. You could see that Cian was struggling.
Very difficult to get back under control for the double vertical. Don
Don Vito It's good for -- Don Vito is a good horse. How has it been. He
has been lent to me. We have only had him a couple of months. He has
learnt so much over the last two weeks. He has been placed with both
big classes this week. I was expecting him to jump back towards
me and high in the middle like a lot of the other horses. I tried to help
him but he just went through. But it has been a good week and I am happy.
Six to go in the jump off. Nobody will argue about the quality. Scott
Brash, the winner in the World Cup, and Laura Kraut at the top.
That was a tricky first round. Only six players. But six of the biggest
names of showjumping are into the jump. Let's rejoin Michael Tucker
and Andy Austin to talk us through things.
COMMENTATOR: This is the action in the grand Hall. The crowd loving it.
And here is the big Grand Prix jump off field.
The atmosphere from start to finish has been absolutely cracking. This
field we have now is one of the best fields we have had for a final job
of for many a year. Now, can she do it from the front? Just as her
partner, Nick, did in Rio. Laura Kraut, first to go in the jump off
in the Olympia Grand Prix for America. A young horse but she is
going for it. Once over the big oxen, now turning back.
Down to the big vertical. A difficult fence towards the crowd.
Now the double here. Huge double. Then two fences sweeping round back
towards the entrance. Tight turn into what was the first part. Oh, a
nasty stumble there. Well recovered Laura. I thought for a moment she
was coming out of front door. This is a very young, inexperienced
horse. Laura did brilliantly not to come out the front door. Well done.
So, difficult start for her. She finishes on 12 faults. Time allowed,
57 seconds. She doesn't get any time faults. Total 12 for Laura Kraut and
Cavalia. A This is a really difficult turn for an inexperienced
horse. Slightly caught the top of it. Thank goodness Laura was OK. Can
he make it? The two big ones of Olympia 2016. Scott Brash, now
trying to take the Grand Prix Hello Guvnor. There's only one thing on
Scott's mind. He's going to go for it.
We'll have a time check. Have a look when he comes round to the double.
That's the fence they've got to jump. Now, with the not too many
numbers in the jump-off, what are the tactics of the next riders going
to be? Will this be one just on jumping? -- won just on touching?
Lucky at the last. Four in 40.83. I can't think that will be good
enough. Four to go. There's surely got to be a clear round amongst
those four? Scott, absolutely flying round this course. What happens is
the horse's anticipate turning to the left. It is very hard to keep
them in the air at that sort of speed. Steve Guerdat and Corbinian.
Steve and Scott have had fascinating battles over the last three or four
years, often in Geneva for the valuable Grand Prix. Steve Guerdat's
come out with one and Scott Brash has come out with a win. Who's it
going to be this time? This good ten-year-old horse has been a very
big winner. What will he do? For to a clear or will he just keep the
foot on the accelerator without flying? He still has the likes.
Third to go in the jump-off. No clear round. He's going tor it. He
still has the likes of Marcus Ehning to come behind him. Certainly not
going slowly. Gone too tight there. We've seen all sorts of drama in
this jump-off. Very hard for him to pick up the pace. Scott Brash was
really quick round here. That's completely taken his momentum away.
This is such a tense atmosphere. Flies the last. 40.83. Exactly the
same time as Scott Brash. They are identical. Wow! You don't see that
very often. That was such a tight turn. He didn't quite have the
stride. What a great recovery. .Ant he's still equal first with Scott
Brash. You are watching what is one of the best competitions of
showjumping that's been seen anywhere in the world this year.
Marcus Ehning. He's been the world's number one on many occasions. He
dropped down the world rankings early this year. But he's right back
up in the top now. Marcus riding Lindenhof. No clear round.
Still going for the time. Two incredibly fast riders. That
actually fell. It was a late falling pole. Still no clears. A fascinating
jump-off. He can still go into the lead if he goes for it. But that's
gone as well. We're getting enough drama in this jump-off. We certainly
are. Two riders still to come. Fascinating tactical battle for
them. The atmosphere in this hall is elect trick to say the least. -- e
electric. Eight faults it is. Two to go and there's still two at the top
of the leaderboard. Scott Brash, Steve Guerdat. Watch this pole.
Gives it a rattle. One, possibly two strides away from the fence where it
span on the cups. One more down as well.
Edwina Tops-Alexander jumps a clear she'll go into the lead with Daniel
Deusser to come. You don't need your horse bucking just as you're about
to jump a Grand Prix jump-off. Young horse, we've waited for someone to
go for these tactics. She's going for the clear round. One rider
behind her. She's gambled Daniel Deusser will be faster than her.
She's going to try to put the pressure on. Going steady. Jumping
so cleanly now. Sometimes these Grand Prix, they're won on jumping
alone. Just one to go. First clear coming up? Is it? It is. What a
round. She's done it. Time, 48.42. Time is beatable. But she's clear.
One left to go for Germany. Daniel Deusser. She's put the marker down.
We know, for sure, Daniel Deusser will go quicker. Will he go clear?
That's the question. Here is the last one to go. The German Daniel
does from the Stephex stables. It won't be horrible if he wins,
that's for sure. 110,000 euros in the prize fund of which 25% goes to
the winner. All he has to do is make this turn. Now he knows time-wise,
it's in the bag. He's already shaved three or four seconds off the time.
From here on in, he can settle down. Two fences between him and the Grand
Prix. Miles up on the clock. And he's won it! He's won it doing hand
stands. Lovely round. It's why he is the world's number three. That might
well put him up to the world number two. Tremendous performance. What a
Grand Prix we've seen here tonight. Daniel busker with he can would the
ta. Wins it for Germany. A win for Germany, Daniel Deusser. Edwina
Tops-Alexander brilliant. Equal third, Steve Guerdat for Switzerland
and Britain's Scott Brash. Daniel, congratulations. It was a tough
first round. A tough jump-off. You went clear in both and in the
fastest times. You must be delighted with your horse's performance? I'm
really happy with my horse. She jumped a World Cup yesterday. I
really didn't ride nice. Today, she tried again. Over and over again, a
double clear round. I was a little lucky to be last in the jump-off.
Only Edwina was clear, but not too fast. In that way, it was easier for
me. My horse tries over and over. Really happy to finish the week like
that. You need luck but you've a lot of talent as well. Won the first and
last class here? I had a perfect week. Two wins, one time second. A
lot of other good placements. I'm really, really happy. Edwina, a nice
way to round off a busy Olympia. Just two clear rounds. Sadly Daniel
was a little faster than you tonight? I knew my time was easy to
beat. I was trying to keep the jumps up and trying to stay smooth. She's
not quite ready yet to go fast. I'm not ready to go fast with her yet.
Fortunately, not too many clear. It was a matter of having a clear.
She's come a lopping way in a really short time. Tricky tactically to
have a clear round but you've a quick guy coming after you? You have
to know your horse really well. I don't know her that well. Yesterday,
I had a couple down in the jump-off. I was really happy with the first
round. She was a bit feisty today. I thought I'd keep her controlled and
quiet and relaxed. Paid off in the end. A bit gutted not to have a
final win for the crowd and things. It would have in been nice on the
last class of the show to finish off on a win. But, my horse jumped
great. When you've got such good riders coming behind you, you have
to try and put the pressure on. Yeah, just one mistake but the horse
jumped great. Yeah, still great to finish third. I'm a little
disappointed. You mucking out on Christmas Day? I am, actually. I
send all my staff home and I do the horses. I enjoy it. It's nice and
quiet in the yard for a change. So, a win for Germany. Daniel Deusser,
Equita. In second place, Edwina Tops-Alexander with California.
Equal third for Great Britain Scott Brash with Hello Guvnor and the
London Olympic champion Steve Guerdat for Switzerland. Scott Brash
won the highest placed British rider in the Grand Prix which was the
fabulous Wall Win trophy. One that has as great history. What a
wonderful imp ya. Enjoy your wrapping. Have a wonderful Christmas
and new year. Sadly, I still have some work to do.
# It's the most wonder time of the year until
# There'll be # Mistletoeing and hearts will be
glowing # When loved ones are near
# It's the most wonderful time of the
# The it's the most wonderful time # Oh, the most wonderful time
# Of the year.. # That is the cutest thing
I've ever seen.
Lee McKenzie presents action from the Olympia Grand Prix, the highlight of the final evening of the annual London International Horse Show.
In 2015, there was high drama as Michael Whitaker and his horse Viking V were awarded victory following the disqualification of Bertram Allen and Quiet Easy.
Commentary comes from Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.