Windsor, UK - John Whitaker (GBR) today, Sunday, May 16, 2010, won the Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix. Riding Uniek, Whitaker won the seven horse jump-off by 0.29 of a second, ahead of 2nd place Charlotte Platt (GBR) riding Paulien and 3rd place Dan Moseley (GBR) riding KEPI D’ELLE.
Whitaker's accuracy on three crucial turns enabled him to catch Platt’s leading time to claim the £4,100 first prize. “If I do say so myself, I was very pleased with how good my turns were,” said Whitaker. “Uniek is a very brave horse and can often over jump fences. I have to keep his confidence up and make sure he doesn’t do that.”
Runner-up Platt was particularly pleased with her mare’s performance as she had most of last year off following a leg injury in La Baule. “I gave her more time off than I needed to, to make sure she got back to the level she was competing at before the injury,” said Platt. “I’m on the British team for Lisbon and I am aiming for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in October.”
Alltech is a global animal health company, providing natural, nutritional feed supplements to address challenges facing animal agriculture. The company’s LIFEFORCE™ Formula is a once-a-day natural nutritional supplement that benefits horses at every stage of life. Headquartered in Kentucky, USA, Alltech has more than 2,000 employees in 120 countries worldwide.
Alltech is the proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ to be held in Kentucky, USA from September 25 to October 10, 2010. Visit the official site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at www.alltechfeigames.com for complete information about the event or to purchase tickets.
Photo Copyright: Royal Windsor Horse Show/Peter Nixon.