David was selected to represent Ireland at the CSI3* Birmingham, Horse of the Year Show with Rosalind Platt’s Amigo and the Vitek family’s Gentleman van het Veldof.
The show started with the Welcome Stakes, a 1.45 two phase class where Amigo made a good start to the show, and to the indoor season, finishing 13th with four faults. David jumped Gentleman in the big class of the day, the Take your Own line competition, where he jumped a very good round in the combination’s first indoor show. The arena in Birmingham is fairly tight with a big crowd and an electric atmosphere.
On Saturday Amigo finished 5th in the very competitive Accumulator competition and Gentleman jumped in the jump-off class in the evening.
On Sunday David jumped Amigo in the five fence challenge in the morning where he jumped very nicely. Then it was all eyes on the Grand Prix for the title of Showjumper of the Year. Drawn first to go David and Gentleman jumped an immaculate clear round and then had a long wait while 15 other combinations joined them in what was going to be a fast and furious jump-off. David was early to go in the jump-off, Gentleman jumped a beautiful, smooth round, saving every second possible to take over the lead from Georgia Tame, and managed to set a target that nobody equalled, winning by exactly one second from Harry Charles. What a fantastic start to the indoor season, and what an amazing partnership with the very consistent Gentleman. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead, double clear in his CSIO5* Nations Cup debut and Showjumper of the Year in the UK.