In her first-ever Longines FEI World Cup Manon Hees stormed to victory with 9 year old mare Echo vh Gerendal Z stopping the clock at 52.39s in a thrilling climax of show jumping action in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ingmar de Vos, President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), crowned the three winners as yesterday's champion Hani Kamal Raji Bsharat took second place on Chatinue in 53.91s and Egyptian rider Mouda Zeyada and Katia rounded off the podium as the fastest on 4 faults.
Four combinations managed to jump clear in the first round of Uliano Vezzani's 1.55m course as the top 6 went through to the jump-off. Leading lady rider Edwina Tops-Alexander and her top Grand Prix horse Fellow Castlefield put the pressure on the rest of the field as first to go in the jump-off producing a clear but carrying 4 faults through from the first round. She just missed out on a podium securing 4th place overall and slipping ahead of Jordan rider Ra'ad Naser on Levisto in 5th.
Tomorrow is the final day of 4* show jumping action before world-class athletes look ahead to the CSI5* Longines World Cup in the second week at Jump Saudi. Current world number one and two, Peder Fredricson and Daniel Deusser will both be present and battling it out for top spot. All the classes will be streamed live and for free on the Jump Saudi website.