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Edwina Tops-Alexander has won the seventh leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Western European League in La Coruña, Spain.
Edwina described her win as “pretty amazing”, as it was nine-year-old Vinchester’s biggest track of his career.
“I never would have believed that this would happen – he only jumped 1.50m for the first time earlier this week and today was his first 1.60m!” said Edwina, who won the same class last year with California.
“If you told me he’d have a few down I wouldn’t have been surprised, so I’m a little bit taken aback!”
Runner-up spot went to another nine-year-old, Chalou, ridden by Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano. German legend Ludger Beerbaum was third with his new ride Cool Feeling.
‘A great mind’
Edwina is on great form at the moment, as this win follows her victory in the Longines Masters of Paris.
She is now joint fifth place on the World Cup Western European League leaderboard. With 35 points she is within easy reach of a qualifying place for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.
Edwina will be jumping in the next leg at Olympia on 22 December, where fans will get to see the amazing Vinchester, who she started riding in August.
“He was previously competed by a young French rider called Arthur Le Vot,” she explained. “He’s a horse with a lot of blood and a great mind, he wants to do everything for me and he’s very sure of himself – he’s great!”
Don’t miss CSI 5* La Coruña 2018: Grand Prix when it premieres on Horse & Country on Monday 19 December at 9pm.