It was a great weekend for Great Britain’s showjumpers competing in the opening leg of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Division One 2015 series, as the quartet took on the demanding 1.60m course, posting three clear rounds in the process.
With Di Lampard at the helm, Holly Gillott (with Dougie Douglas), Joe Clee (with Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines), Guy Williams (with Charlotte Baines’ Titus II) and William Whitaker (with Fandango owned by Elisabeth Fredlund) took Great Britain to a joint second place finish, alongside Belgium after accruing 12 faults over the two rounds, as Italy took the win after notching up just 6 penalties.
Guy Williams landed a great win on Wednesday with Casper de Muze in the 1.40m CSI2* competition, after a quick clear round to stop the clock 2.86 seconds ahead of the rest of the seventy strong field.
Thursday saw Robert Bevis aboard Courtney Z take third place in the Spring Tour Lummen 1.40m class, whilst on Saturday William Whitaker took second place with Glenavadra Brilliant (owned by Ian Whitaker and Calvin McDonald) in the 1.60m Longines ranking class. William went on to gain third place a class later in the Six Bar, after two jump-off’s with Michael Whitakers’ Mersley Chakotay.
Dressage rider Fiona Bigwood enjoyed a great result out in France this weekend with a win in the Grand Prix on Friday. Aboard Atterupgaards Orthilia, the duo posted a superb 74.720% score to lead the field ahead of France’s Arnaud Serre (71.760%).
World Class Development Programme rider Rebecca Edwards enjoyed a second placing in Saturday’s Young Rider individual test with Ufano (owned by Dr M Cox) to finish with 69.158%, just 1% behind Switzerland’s Estelle Wettstein. In the Prix St Georges, fellow Development Programme rider Alice Oppenheimer secured a second placing with Sir Soccrates (owned by Georgina Pole-Carew), after a lovely test was awarded a score of 70.5%.
CSI5* GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, MADRID
The Longines Global Champions Tour headed to Spain at the weekend for the third event of the 2015 series. Getting things underway on Friday, Ben Maher took the win aboard Contigo 37 in the Trofeo Coca-Cola 1.45m class, with John Whitaker with Argento (owned by John and Clare Whitaker) finishing just 0.42 seconds behind to clinch second.
Scott Brash placed fourth in the Gran Premio de Madrid 1.60m Longines ranking points class with Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham’s Hello Sanctos, after accruing an unfortunate four penalties in the second round of the competition. Sunday’s Trofeo King’s College 1.45m event saw Ben Maher, again with Contiogo 37, place third after producing a quick time of 73.53 seconds, to finish just behind Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.
CSI3* MAGNA RACINO SPRING TOUR, AUSTRIA
It was a good weekend for UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Pippa Allen, as she recorded a number of second placings out in Austria during the third week of the Tour.
After posting a second placed finish in the Silver Tour 1.30m class on Thursday with Brooklyn 28, owned by HS Sportpferde GmbH, the talented duo posted another second placing on Friday, again in the Silver Tour class to sit just 0.45 seconds behind Turkey’s Spencer Can. Pippa and Brooklyn 28 enjoyed a further second placed finish on Saturday in the Gold Tour 1.35m class, finishing behind fellow British rider Keith Shore (Zegreanne Z).
Keith Shore and Chad Fellows both enjoyed a number of good placings at the 3* show.
Great Britain’s Laura Renwick and Nicole Pavitt enjoyed wins out in Maubeuge over the weekend. In the Prix Groupe Lorban 1.40m, Nicole took first place with Victor Blue (owned by Virginia Quine) after posting a quick time of 71.12 seconds, to finish over 3 seconds quicker than the field. In the Prix ets Tromont 1.35m, it was Laura Renwick with Beluga (owned by John Renwick and Marian Renwick) who took the top spot with a fast time of 61.48 seconds. Fellow Brit Joe Whitaker secured third place with Lareeco, owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd.