British Olympic showjumper John Whitaker has been injured after falling from his horse at the Global Champions Tour event in London.
Competing on his 62nd Birthday, John started off well on the nine-year old Cassinis Chaplin. But, the stallion put in a sudden refusal, unseating him over the fence. Spectators were relieved as it was announced John was speaking with the medics and was taken to hospital for medical checks.
His son, Robert, later said the showjumper was "sore and stiff" but "should be OK".
Scott Brash and Hello Forever. photo Steffano Grasso/LGCT
However, Scott Brash and his London 2012 teammate Ben Maher took the top spots almost five years to the day since they won Olympic gold in the team jumping.
The crowd went wild as the penultimate rider Scott Brash cantered into the ring on Hello Forever. There was an audible gasp as he successfully completed a handbrake turn into fence five, but Hello Forever galloped around the remainder of the course to go into first on a heart-pounding time of 38.62s.
Ben Maher and MTF Madame X pictured together on Friday's CSI5* (1.45m)
British flags were already flying in the packed grandstands as as Ben Maher entered the ring to a huge cheer. He went for it and there was a hair’s breadth between him and Brash as he galloped to the last on MTF Madame X. Horse and rider cleared the fence to a roar from the crowd in a time of 38.86s – a mere 0.4s slower than Brash but good enough for a British 1-2.