The Dutch pair top a star-studded class in London.
With five previous winners and six of the world’s top 10 in the class the Olympia Grand Prix at the centenary London International Olympia Horse Show, Dec. 17-22 in London, England, was always going to be an exciting class.
German rider Markus Beerbaum finally added his name to the list of winners of the $118,103 H&M World Cup-qualifier grand prix at the London Olympia International Horse Show--a class his brother Ludger has already won three times.
The strains of the patriotic British song "Land of Hope and Glory" echoed in the Olympia Exhibition Hall in London, England, but the horses dancing to it and winning were German and Dutch.
Imke Schellekens-Bartels of the Netherlands topped the World Cup-qualifying Grand Prix freestyle aboard Sunrise, while German Isabell Werth rode Warum Nicht FRH to win the Grand Prix. Both incorporated the British tune into their freestyles at the London Olympia Horse Show, Dec. 12-13.