RIP Alan Lee

I sent Alan Lee a text message less than a fortnight ago. The racing correspondent of The Times had been in hospital for a few weeks and his desk in the various racecourse press rooms had been markedly vacant. I teased him that people would start encroaching into his familiar spots — always on the […]

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Olympia debutant Townend Schubert lands ridden M&M championship

A Fell stallion called the tune in the Blue Chip BSPS Heritage ridden mountain and moorland championship at Olympia on Monday (21 December), landing the coveted title from 38 rivals. Becki Penny’s six-year-old Townend Schubert (Bert) was making his Olympia debut but impressed all four judges — Henrietta Knight and Len Bigley (conformation) and Rodger […]

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Michael Whitaker takes the Olympia Grand Prix amid controversy

Bertram Allen looks set to appeal against the controversial decision that cost him victory in the London International Horse Show’s Olympia Grand Prix. Irish star Allen romped to victory, clocking a remarkable time of 30.45 seconds on Quiet Easy to leave 14 jump-off rivals trailing in his wake. Confusion then initially reigned in the collecting […]

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Eduardo Alvarez Aznar wins the Olympia Six Bar

A capacity Monday afternoon crowd at Olympia’s London International Horse Show enjoyed a feast of showjumping that combined exhilarating speed and precision riding, although an administrative mistake meant the day ended on a disappointing note for Norwegian rider Victoria Gulliksen. The International Six Bar competition is always a favourite with the audience, and they were […]

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John Whitaker takes the H&M Ivy Stakes at Olympia

John Whitaker offered a fascinating insight into the secret of his longevity after winning the H&M Ivy Stakes at Olympia’s London International Horse Show. The five-time Olympian triumphed with 10-year-old mare Ornellaia, a horse that he has high hopes for in the Rio Olympics year. They clocked a time of 36.32 seconds, which edged out […]

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Emanuele Gaudiano edges out the Brits in Olympia World Cup qualifier

British riders gave it their best shot in the Longines FEI World Cup qualifer at Olympia – but they were undone by a brilliant performance from rising Italian star Emanuele Guadiano. The 29-year-old found himself up against fearsome competition, facing a four-strong assault from Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker, Scott Brash and Guy Williams. But Gaudiano, […]

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William Whitaker bags the Olympia Christmas Tree Stakes

William Whitaker completed a strong fifth day for British riders at the London International Horse Show by winning the Christmas Tree Stakes. After earlier successes for Ben Maher and 21-year-old Chloe Winchester, Whitaker showed his class to land the keenly fought jump-off class that saw 12 combinations progress from round one. Whitaker, riding Balibu, clocked […]

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